EMPOWER Programme

EMPOWER is an 8 week workshop programme aimed at increasing athlete understanding of what is needed to perform at their best on the world stage.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 OPEN NOW

The programme uses workshops, experienced facilitators, inspiring role models, peer discussion and reflective practice to improve athlete's approach to their mindset, planning and communication.  The programme also seeks to help participants determine how the skills they learn can become part of their approach to their training and preparation. 

Past participants include multiple world champions, medallists and senior athletes across many of the sports HPSNZ supports, including rowing, athletics, triathlon and rugby seven's.

The programme is led by Life Advisor and Olympic medallist Nathan Twaddle and draws on the principles of the successful Coach Accelerator Programme, insights from study on the behaviours of successful kiwi athletes at Olympic Games and the expertise and experience from within High Performance Sport New Zealand.

When are the workshops?

The workshops are run fortnightly on a Wednesday evening, usual for about four hours, including a dinner break. Exact dates and locations will be confirmed once the group is confirmed but the majority of sessions will be either in Auckland and Cambridge.

How do I apply?

Applications will open online Thursday, 21st September until Thursday 19th October
Applicants will then be contacted by their Athlete Life Advisor to confirm their interest and availability.

NOTE: because of the time investment needed, coach and sport approval will be sought as part of the application process.

Who is it targeted at?

The programme is for athletes with the potential to reach pinnacle events in the next cycle.  Beyond that acceptance into the programme will only be limited by sport approval and ability to attend sessions.  NOTE: The programme is not targeted at current Olympic or World Championship medallists, though they are welcome to take part. Some Olympic and world championship medallists may be involved as role models during workshops.

What's in it for participants?

Empower is an unique opportunity in sport to learn from across sports and with knowledge that will enhance any performance. The combination of structured learning, discussion amongst peers, and alignment with team support is a great way to learn and to energise athletes focus.

What will it cost participants?

All reasonable financial costs for travel (within New Zealand), accommodation and food will be covered. There is a cost in terms of time commitment to attend the sessions and to do the work to make the workshops useful, as outlined below. 

How much time will I have to commit?

Participants will not be required to do any prep prior to workshop sessions but will work with Nathan between workshops and for a month after the last session and/or with their psych or life advisor.  The opportunity for individual consults with facilitators will also be offered.  Some reading material will also be available but only given on need and interest.

NOTE: Applicants need to also consider that the first two sessions fall within the university exam window.  For that reason, additional work requirements in this window will be kept at a minimum.

Why do I need my sport and coach's support to take part?

The topics and learning from this programme are broad but the buy-in from an athlete's team is the best way to embed the learning. Practically given the time commitment asked, the sport needs to be aware of any potential impact of training times and check that the topics do align with priorities that are focuses within the sport.

What if I don't have a coach at the moment?

If athletes applying do not currently have a coach, then the agreement needs to come from the sport's head coach and/or high performance director.

What if I can't attend all the sessions?

Participants are asked to be available for at least three of the four sessions in person.  For any sessions missed, participants will be asked to go over the content with Nathan using video recordings and individual catch ups.

What happens if I apply and I can't attend enough sessions?

Athlete Life are looking to add an additional run through of the programme in the first half of 2018, particularly for those where the end of year timing doesn't work.  Outside of that, Nathan and your Athlete Life Advisor will work with you to find other ways to access resources and opportunities to help with your learning.

More information

Please contact your athlete life advisor or Nathan Twaddle directly