Applications now open for Tairawhiti Rising Legends

OUR region’s most talented young athletes have until the end of November to apply for the 2020 Tairawhiti Rising Legends squad and get on the path to achieving their highest potential.

Tairawhiti Rising Legends (TRL) is an initiative run by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to provide athletes with developmental support, mentoring, workshops and a $1000 scholarship. Athletes must be living in the Tairāwhiti region and aged between 14 and 17 to be eligible.

“Our region’s coaches, clubs and families are fantastic at developing promising young athletes and our goal with the TRL programme is to continue preparing them for the high-performance sporting environment outside of the region,” Talent Lead, Carl Newman said.

Since the programme began in 2007, many of the TRL athletes have gone on to become New Zealand and world champions, Commonwealth Games medallists, even Olympians.

The TRL programme draws on expertise from many quarters including the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti management team, High Performance Sport New Zealand and an advisory group to give athletes the support they need to succeed.

TRL athletes attend individual mentor sessions covering nutrition, mental skills and life planning, as well as group expert-led sessions on public speaking, media and sponsorship, and strength and conditioning.

“These workshops are designed to prepare our young athletes for the challenges of sport at the elite level and help them continue their training programmes when they leave the area.”

“We’re fortunate to have so many rising sports legends in our community and we encourage these athletes to apply for the 2020 squad. Seeing them go on to achieve excellent results on a national and world stage is a very rewarding aspect of the programme,” Mr Newman said.

Applications for the 2020 Tairāwhiti Rising Legends squad close on 22 November 2019. For more information, contact Carl Newman, Talent Lead, at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti on 868 9943 ext. 719 or click here. 

Big weekend ahead for Gisborne BMX

Gisborne BMXOn the 10th & 11th of December, Gisborne BMX club will host an action-packed weekend of racing. Saturday will be an annual race meet hosted by the club, while Sunday will be the Central Region Champs (Hawkes Bay, Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga & Gisborne). This will also be the last of 10 Rounds towards the National Points Championship which are held at each Regional Champs around the country. Sunday will be the first time Gisborne has hosted the Central Region Champs since 2011.

The club are expecting 150-200 riders each day, including some top racers from all around the country here to try to clinch the National Points Series. Local Elite Rider Nick Fox will also be home for the event, after two months of competing in China & the USA.

 

Both days will make for exciting spectating, with food options and a great family atmosphere.