High Performance Sport NZ’s regional role gives Hawke’s Bay athletes a boost


Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Center Trust, Sports and Health Performance Director Joe Payton takes on a new role as HPSNZ Regional Lanes Manager for Hawke’s Bay. Photo / provided

Hawke’s Bay athletes and coaches who have the potential to succeed on the world stage are now more likely to succeed.

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has invested in a new regional role, appointing local man Joe Payton as regional manager for Hawke’s Bay.

Payton will help support regional coaches and athletes with future performance aspirations in the Hawke’s Bay area.

Payton will join the HPSNZ Performance Pathways teams, which work across New Zealand to help refine and improve performance courses in partnership with local athletes, coaches and sporting codes.

HPSNZ aims to improve performance courses by supporting regional coaches and athletes with future performance aspirations.

The new role supports Hawke’s Bay athletes and coaches who have the potential to succeed on the global athletic scene.

Payton will have a dual role, continuing his work with the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Center Trust as Manager of Sport & Health Performance.

HPSNZ Performance Course Manager Tracey Paterson said having Payton on the field at Hawke’s Bay will ensure more athletes, in a wider range of sports, have better access. to the ways of success.

“Joe has experience in talent development coupled with strong athletic relationships and a high reputation in the local athletic community.”

Payton said he will seek to identify athletes who develop and demonstrate the right attributes, abilities and motivations for future international success.

“We’ve always been a hotspot for talent, and it’s a huge boost for Hawke’s Bay as it now provides a direct link to the high performance system for our athletes and coaches,” said Payton.

In this role, he will seek to build relationships with national and regional sport partners to enable the holistic development of athletes and their coaches.

Supporting regional sport partners in the Hawke’s Bay community to provide quality learning environments that can optimize talent in sport-led performance pathways will be critical to the success of the new role.

Payton says it’s also exciting that HPSNZ is not only looking to identify talent for podium sports such as track and field, cycling and rowing, but also emerging sports such as surfing.

“Surfing is a great example of a sport that is now an Olympic sport – we can now identify talented surfers and put them on the path to success that otherwise was under the radar.

“They can not only benefit from expert mentoring, but also from other global support offered by the performance path. It’s about facilitating and opening up opportunities.

HBCFCT Executive Director David Nancarrow said the presence of HPSNZ has significantly boosted the confidence of the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Center Trust team, who put the mahi in the mahi with athletes and sporting codes. , both at the EIT Institute of Sport and Health and outside. in the community. “


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