MTBA have identified the need and developed a structured framework for a junior athlete development pathways aimed at exposing and preparing junior riders for club, school, state and National competitions. Under this framework junior riders will be further developed in a progressive manner for the potential of entering into future High Performance pathways and/or Elite Representative programs.
Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country providing the first steps for riders on the pathway to elite racing. Squads will be created by accredited Level 1 or 2 coaches who responded to expressions of interest in running the program.
The focus of the program is skilled based group training sessions with the ultimate goal of attending and performing at a national level event. Each programme will run over a period of 3 months. The programme will introduce athletes to basic fitness testing, information on anti-doping, nutrition as well as conduct in the MTBA high performance environment.
Riders will also receive a minimum 24 hours of face to face coaching with squad sizes capped at 10. Applicants must be aged 14-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. Cost $380
The regions are as follows:
Brisbane (XC) – Mark Routledge
Port Macquarie (XC) – Jason English
Newcastle (XC) – Damien Enderby
Sydney (XC) – Brett Barnes
Melbourne/Lysterfield (XC) – Dora and Kelvyn Bettridge
Geelong / Surf Coast (XC) – Adam Kelsall
Adelaide (XC) – Evan James
Adelaide (GRAVITY) – Tyson Schmidt
Launceston (XC) – Adrian Cooper
Perth Hills (XC) – Ian Humphrey & Lorraine Phillips
Canberra (XC) – Dylan Cooper
Canberra (GRAVITY) – TBA
Applications will remain open on a rolling basis. As squads fill a waiting list will be created for the next intake. Any coaches who wish to lead a squad are encouraged to get in touch.
The online application form can be found at HERE
Any questions can be emailed to Jodie Willett firstname.lastname@example.org
View the MTBA Junior Policy