The purpose of this project was to gain an in-depth understanding of the
performance factors necessary for talent development in the New Zealand (NZ) sporting context from the perspective of:
– Current elite NZ athletes
– Former elite NZ athletes
– Coaches of elite NZ athletes
– Parents of elite NZ athletes
For NZ to continue to produce successful athletes at the elite level and increase the potential of NZ athletes to win on the international stage, it is vital to gain an understanding of the pathway that our current and former elite athletes have taken. This research project addressed the issues of athletic talent identification and development in the NZ socio-cultural context by gaining insight and perspectives from athletes, parents, and coaches who have been involved in elite sport.
Overall, the aim was to gather information regarding talent development that can be used to help educate athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators about the process of talent development and to provide recommendations to promote the future development of champion NZ athletes.