Development Squads

Athletics Victoria currently has a national supported Target Talent development squad on offer to athletes excelling in the sport as a pathway for development. This squad is provided as a stepping stone to national athlete pathways and provide educational, training and coaching support to help increase an athletes ability to reach its full potential.

Target Talent Program

The Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program (AVTTP) is a high performance pathway program funded and regulated in partnership with Athletics Australia. It is strongly aligned with activities of the Athletics Australia High Performance Department and has been established to:

  • Act as the early talent identification component of Athletics Australia’s AIS Winning Edge Strategy;
  • Encourage the best young athletes in the State by inviting them to be part of a State level squad and participate in development opportunities;
  • Encourage and develop the best local coaches through recognising them as State Coaches;
  • Create meaningful contact in the off-season between State Coaches and the best young athletes in the State and their personal coaches;
  • Create a National pool of identified coaches in each event group (i.e. State Coaches for Sprints & Hurdles, Endurance & Walks, Jumps, and Throws) who model best practice at the local level;
  • By identifying and engaging Victoria’s best junior athletes and coaches through development education opportunities, the AVTTP aims to encourage them to achieve their potential and go on to represent Australia at youth, junior and senior levels.

Selected athletes who meet the inclusion criteria and their personal coaches will be invited to attend AVTTP Squad Days which will incorporate a combination of relevant event group training clinics and both general and event-specific education workshops.

AV will send selected letters to athletes and coaches who have met the AVTTP selection criteria. (Please note a nomination form will not be required)

For further information, please contact Ben King, State Performance Coordinator, Athletics Victoria via email ben@athsvic.org.au