Future Champions

The Future Champions programme provides mentoring, personal development sessions and comprehensive workshops to assist talented young athletes to fulfill their potential.

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Guy Honnor

Coaching Manager
Phone: 027 705 9369


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The Future Champions Programme 2019

Sport Taranaki facilitates the Future Champions Programme, an initiative aimed at recognising, acknowledging and supporting the development of young Taranaki athletes aged 15–18 years of age.  Future Champions provides mentoring, personal development sessions and comprehensive workshops to assist those talented athletes selected for the programme to fulfill their potential.  

The 2019 Future Champions Programme consists of a series of workshops including nutrition, performance psychology, leadership, injury prevention, mental skills, dealing with the media, strength and conditioning, drug free sport and also includes forming an athlete life plan.

For more information please contact Guy Honnor at Sport Taranaki on (06) 7590930 ext 735 or email for more information.  

Applications for the tier one are now closed for the 2019 intake. Applications for tier two may be applied for via your sporting organisation.


The Future Champions 2018 were:

Hannah O'Connor (SHGC) Athletics

Sasha Reid (SHGC) Swimming & Surf Lifesaving

Hannah Baker (NPGHS) Kayak & Surf Lifesaving.

Claudia Kelly (NPGHS) Surf Lifesaving

Oscar Robertson (NPBHS) Basketball

Brooke Neilsen (NPGHS) Rugby & Netball

MacKenzie Barry (NPGHS) Football

Lee Boon (NPGHS) Cycling

Jacob Kneepkens (FDMC) Rugby

Parris Mason (NPGHS) Netball/Touch

Keegan Joe (Spotswood) Volleyball


Sport Taranaki Future Champions Alumni includes: 

This Sport Taranaki talent development programme is now in its 13th year.  Since it's inception in 2007, over 120 Taranaki “born and bred” athletes have been through the programme coming from a total of 25 different sporting codes.  These athletes have gone on to become very high achievers in the sporting world, with one Olympian, over 50 New Zealand reps/champions and six World Champions including, Matt Baxter, Olivia Eaton and Claudia Kelly! Sport Taranaki believes this programme can be instrumental in helping these athletes achieve on a national and international stage.