The Athletics Australia Under 19 Talent Squad was introduced in 2007. Athletes selected into this program are recognised as having the potential to become senior international athletes.
Athletics Australia’s U19 Talent Squad is an excellent opportunity for athletes and their personal coaches to work with some of the Australia’s best coaches. Athletics Australia heavily invests in our U19 athletes and coaches by providing this development opportunity which includes training and education sessions in a variety of different areas. These include; psychology, injury prevention and management, nutrition, high performance life skills, supplements & ASADA education, strength & conditioning and recovery to name a few. The camps also give personal coaches the opportunity to work one on one with National Junior Coaches to assist them with the planning and development of their athletes.
Athletes and their personal coaches attend two camps at which they work closely with the NJC and a group of current Flame athletes.
Aims of the program include:
- To set up a network of support around talented athletes to assist the transitional period from junior to senior athletics e.g. NJC, AA staff, sport science and other squad members
- To further educate, inspire and develop athletes with a view to senior international representation
- To build athletes understanding of the behaviours and commitment required to be an elite athlete