Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program

Athletics Victoria’s Target Talent Program is a comprehensive development program designed to identify and support the state’s most promising young athletes.

The program provides athletes with access to high-quality coaching and performance support such as strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports science support, as well as competition opportunities and a pathway to national and international success. With a focus on long-term athlete development, the Target Talent Program is designed to help athletes reach their full potential and achieve their goals.


In 2023 the Athletics Australia Target Talent program (TTP) aims to offer a flexible education model incorporating online Webinars and an associated Learning portal in conjunction with Practical Masterclasses in each state. TTP will aim to offer a greater environment for athletes to gain further knowledge to aid their performance development towards achieving higher performance standards. The TTP Award will be managed by Athletics Australia and supported by the local state Member Associations.

Athletes are able to achieve the TTP Bronze, Silver and Gold Award by completing each of the units offered through the use of the AA learning Portal and Webinars, hosted by the Athletics Australia Pathway Discipline Coordinators and experienced coaches.

To achieve the TTP Award each year, athletes will need to engage in the following:

  • Complete all education Webinars and the required online assessment
  • Complete a Goal Setting unit upon selection and Season Review at the end of the competition season.
  • Participate in at least 1 Practical Masterclass

Education Webinars

TopicWebinar DateTopicPresenterRegister
NutritionJune 14thHow to stay HealthyBryce Anderson(Click Here)
Sport PsychologyJuly 12thDefining and refining consistent, repeatable psychological processesJacqui Sandland(Click Here)
Injury Risk ReductionAugust 16thLoads and MonitoringRob Mullard(Click Here)
PhysiologySeptember 13thTraining intensity distribution & periodisationBryce Anderson(Click Here)
Athlete Wellbeing & EngagementOctober 11thValues, Purpose and StrengthsBelinda Creer(Click Here)
BiomechanicsNovember 8thSkill Acquisition and LearningTarryn Elvish / Kirstie Turner(Click Here)
Performance PlanningDecember 6thPerformance ExecutionAdam Didyk(Click Here)

Practical Masterclasses

The aim is to connect High Performance Staff / Coaches / Athletes with talented athletes in each state.

Each state will hold a minimum of 2 Masterclasses which will target identified needs in each of their states. Coaches will be included in the consideration of Masterclass content and opportunities for HP Coach education is encouraged.

The 2023 AVTTP is open to athletes born between 2004 and 2008(Athletes who fall outside of this date range may be considered via discretionary selection).

Please refer to the selection policy below for further information, noting that applications for the 2023 AVTTP Program are now closed.