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 (AA) and the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). The program 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 High-Performance Department;
  • 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 recognizing them as State Coaches;
  • To create meaningful contacts in the off-season between the best young athletes in the State, their personal coaches and the AVTTP State coaching Team;
  • 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 and who are supported by the AA National Junior Coaching Team;
  • By identifying and engaging Victoria’s best junior athletes and coaches through development education opportunities, the AVTTP aims to encourage both athletes and coaches to achieve their potential and to progress through the AA High Performance Pathway, in a fun, encouraging and engaging environment

The 2019 AVTTP will focus on athletes born in 2001, 2002, 2003 or 2004. (Athletes who fall outside of this date range may be considered via discretionary selection)

Athletics Victoria, in collaboration with Athletics Australia, will appoint a Team of AVTTP State event group Coaches, who along with hosting training and education sessions, will act as points of contact for AVTTP squad athletes and their personal coaches.

AVTTP Squad Days will incorporate a combination of relevant event group training clinics and both general and event-specific education workshops. In addition, targeted education workshops will be provided for personal coaches and an athlete’s support network (ie. parents, guardians).

Please review the 2019 Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program (AVTTP) Overview and Selection Criteria below, or for further information please contact the AVTTP Team via email avttp@athsvic.org.au