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.

The Future Champions for 2019 are: 

Sasha Reid (SHGC) Swimming & Surf Lifesaving

Claudia Kelly (NPGHS) Surf Lifesaving

Jacob Kneepkens (FDMC) Rugby

Keegan Joe (Spotswood) Volleyball

Blair Murray (NPBHS) Rugby

Caitlin O’Connell (SHGC) Basketball

Fletcher Moles (NPBHS) Canoe Racing

Henri Lehrke (FDMC) Road Cycling

Lucy North (NPGHS) Swimming and Surf Life Saving

Tom Butland (NPBHS) Surfing


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


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.