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Athletics Australia is committed to providing support to athletes as they progress towards senior representation. There are a number of programs, supported by Athletics Australia and our partners, that aim to assist athletes on their progression through this pathway.


Athletics Australia's (AA) Pathway Transition Program (PTP) is a program that supports Australian athletes who are demonstrating potential to achieve AA's HP Program goals and targets at Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games, but who are not yet categorised on AAs National Athlete Support Structure (NASS). The program provides performance support, planning assistance, and other developmental opportunities to athletes, with the strategic aim of bridging the gap between successful junior performance and medal winning performance at senior level. The focus will be in the Under-20 age group, however Under-23 athletes can be selected on a case-by-case basis.

Key performance services benefits for PTP athletes and coaches:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning

Other benefits include:

  • Athlete Well-being and Engagement Support
  • Travel assistance budget to support attendance at camps and key competitions
  • Coach development opportunities
  • A national PTP camp

PTP Selection Document


In 2024 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 focus of the athlete engagement and education is a primary consideration in our pathway strategy and we aim to offer this through TTP.

The Target Talent Program will work in conjunction with two Masterclasses in each state (delivered by your local Member Association). These sessions will give you the opportunity to connect with some of Australia's High Performance Coaches and Athletes. Each masterclass will provide opportunities for professional growth and learning for both athletes and coaches.


Topic Webinar Date Presentation Presenter Register
Nutrition May 27, 2024 How to Perform at your Personal Best Bryce Anderson (Click Here)
Physiology June 17, 2024 Athlete Recovery Bryce Anderson (Click Here)
Sport Psychology July 15, 2024 Embracing the Moment Jacqui Sandland (Click Here)
Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement August 12, 2024 Balacing Education, Sport and Time Away from Home Belinda Creer (Click Here)
Injury Risk Reduction September 16, 2024 Injury Management Rob Mullard (Click Here)
Biomechanics October 14, 2024 Biomechanics in your DTE Tarryn Elvish & Kirstie Turner (Click Here)
Performance Planning November 11, 2024 Reviewing Performance Adam Didyk (Click Here)

To access the Online Learning Portal please access it through the Athletics Australia Learning Centre.

To enquire about Masterclasses in your state, please contact your State TTP Lead:

State Name Role Organisation Email
VIC Tom Gamble State Teams Manager & Performance Assistant Athletics Victoria
VIC Ben King Performance Co-ordinator Athletics Victoria 
NSW Louise Cranston Sport Manager Athletics NSW
QLD Shanen Layden Performance Pathways, Teams & Education Manager QLD Athletics
TAS Brandon Clark State Programs Officer TAS Athletics
SA Kurt Olsen Pathway Manager Athletics SA
WA Grant Ward State Performance Adviser WAIS
ACT Samantha Brown Participation Lead Capital Athletics


NASS is Athletics Australia’s system that supports Australian athletes with demonstrated potential to achieve AAs targets at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and World Championships.

In general, NASS membership typically begins once an athlete finishes their membership at TTP level and is transitioning into the Open age group, but athletes can join the program at any time. The NASS program itself is serviced through the relevant member of the National Institute Network (NIN). Further information about NASS can be found here.


A number of our Member Association partners have their own athlete support schemes, aimed at assisting developing athletes who have not been selected onto NASS. An example of this program is the SA Emerging Program. Check with your State Athletics Association to see what may be available to you.


AA are also very keen to keep close contact with Australian athletes who are attending college/university in the US to support them in making the best decision for their future, as well as providing on-going support and communication for athletes already at college in the US.

To assist athletes in making a decision, we’ve put together a guide on Navigating the USA Collegiate System.

We also have the following video in which Adam Didyk and Sean Whipp discuss the NCAA system and application process.

If you’re considering attending college in the US and are happy for Athletics Australia to pass your details onto colleges, please fill out the NCAA Recruitment Availability Form below.

Once you decide to attend college in the US, and wish to keep in contact with Athletics Australia, please complete the NCAA Athlete Declaration Form below, which will give you access to the AA NCAA Facebook group.

Further information about NCAA recruitment and eligibility can be found below, as well as Information on the recruiting calendar.


If you have questions around the college system, or are a college coach wishing to discuss athletes, please contact:

Adam Didyk -


Athletics International is an organisation set up to provide a forum through which former and current elite athletes can put something back into the sport. They provide social opportunities around major athletic events and milestones for you to cement or renew acquaintances, and support junior and emerging athletes with grants. If you have represented Australia at the highest level, won an Australian Open athletics championship, or held an Australian Open record you are probably eligible to join. 


Craig Pickering

Athlete Pathways Manager


Adam Didyk

Pathways Transition Lead


Steve Caddy

Paralympic Pathways Lead