“Pursu32+ RAS talent program is going to be a game changer”
“It’s so important for athletes to be recognised by programs like Pursu32+ because it gives them backing and confidence that they’re capable of bigger things as athletes.”
Sarah Carli, Tokyo 2020 Olympian, NSWIS scholarship athlete, and graduate of the Illawarra Regional Sports Academy
Pursu32+ is the umbrella name for NSWIS ‘READY’ talent projects – the identification and development of athletes with the potential to progress to elite competition in Olympic and Paralympic sports and events. NSWIS ‘READY’ athletes are NSW’s pipeline – they are athletes entering a high performance environment who are already prepared for the rigors and demands of elite training and have foundational knowledge of key areas, such as nutrition and recovery.
Pursu32+ RAS talent program is a selective talent ID program aimed at identifying, supporting and providing opportunities to emerging talent from regional NSW. The program provides talented regional athletes with exposure to high level expertise in coaching, nutrition, performance planning, skill technique and body control, assisting these athletes to be NSWIS ‘READY’ to progress to elite competition in Olympic and Paralympic sports and events. The program is delivered in partnership by NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS).
The program’s first intake of 25 athletes aged between 14-18 will occur later this year. Each participant will have been nominated in consultation with RAS and their sport as having the potential to progress to elite level competition. Besides travelling to Sydney to attend an initial NSWIS led training camp, the athletes will also receive access to the Institute’s staff, the NSW Office of Sport online physical literacy program, and exposure to national level coaches.