National High Performance Talent Pathway

Rowing Australia’s strategy for the development of elite athletes is known as the National Talent Pathway Program (NTPP).  It is aligned to the Australian Sports Commission’s High Performance Strategy – Australia’s Winning Edge (AWE).

The NTPP has been created to capitalise and expand on the work of the earlier High Performance Development Program as Rowing strives to meet AWE performance outcomes for Rio and beyond to Tokyo in 2020.

The NTPP approaches the talent pipeline with a broader focus to include:

  • traditional pathway development including talent identification
  • a greater focus on National Team retention
  • the US-Based Australian Program

The NTPP aims to ensure that athletes are exposed to the full continuum of development along the National Talent Pathway. These opportunities are delivered through two key mechanisms; the State Talent Pathway Program (STPP) and the Talent Pathway Club Program (TPCP).

The strategies that underpin the NTPP focus on tailoring solutions to local environments. Each State has its own unique challenges and opportunities that require a flexible approach. The STPP operates in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

Clubs are the primary delivery mechanism in recruiting and developing athletes and coaches throughout the National Talent Pathway. The objective of the TPCP is to engage clubs who already deliver significant national outcomes to create even better depth and management of the overall talent pathway. Under a pilot program operating in New South Wales and Victoria, clubs currently participating in the TPCP are:

Mosman Rowing Club
Mercantile Rowing Club
Melbourne University Boat Club
Sydney University Boat Club
Sydney Rowing Club

Rowing Australia’s talent pipeline extends to athletes undertaking study in US college programs, with opportunities provided for men and women to trial for the Under 23 (U23) Australian Rowing Team in targeted boat categories under what is known as the US-Based Australian Program.


Further information on the Talent Pathway Program can be obtained from:

National Talent Pathway Program Manager:  Barnaby Eaton
National Talent Pathway Program Coordinator: Naomi Wagstaff
NSW State Talent Pathway Program Coordinator:  Lizzi Chapman




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