Andrew Ellis is Sport Canterbury’s Coordinator for Pathway to Podium, the first New Zealand-wide initiative to support the progression of emerging athletes.
Andrew was appointed to ensure the Canterbury Pathway to Podium athletes have access to knowledge and resources that support their transition into high performance sport.
According to the Canterbury Kings all-rounder: “Our focus is on taking away obstacles that so many young athletes face – especially those in post-quake Canterbury.”
Andrew started in this role in May 2014, and enjoys the opportunity to support future Olympic and Commonwealth champions at this critical stage in their sporting careers.
Canterbury’s Pathway to Podium athletes undertake workshops and receive one-on-one support in areas such as performance psychology, nutrition and athlete life, in tandem with a fundamental strength and conditioning programme.
“Our main goal is to have as many Pathway to Podium athletes from Canterbury upgraded to carded status by their national sporting bodies.”
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University and has also been a professional cricketer for 12 years, representing Canterbury and New Zealand during this time.
Sport has been an important part of Andrew’s life, with interests in football and running as well as cricket. He hopes to share his experience in high performance sport to aid the progression of Pathway to Podium athletes to achieve their own potential.
Sport Canterbury’s Pathway to Podium athlete programme has a coaching counterpart. Sport Canterbury’s Pat Barwick leads the Performance Coach Advance Programme, which supported 18 of the region’s coaches in its first year (2014/15).
Sport Canterbury appreciates the support High Performance Sport New Zealand, as well as sponsors who have helped to bring Pathway to Podium and Performance Coach Advance to Canterbury, including Young Hunter, RSM Law (Timaru) and Canterbury Sports Foundation.
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