MTBA have identified the need and developed a structured framework for a junior athlete development pathway 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 12-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. Cost $380
Brisbane (XC) | Mark Routledge | 26 March, 23 April, 7 & 21 May, 4 & 18 June | Daisy Hill
Sunshine Coast (XC) | Andrew Fellows | 1, 15 & 29 April, 13 & 27 May, 10 June | Wooroi
Gold Coast (XC) | Rusty Mark | 25 March, 8 & 22 April, 6 & 13 May, 10 June | Nerang
Mackay (XC) | Peter Lister | 22 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 5 August | Mackay
NEW SOUTH WALES
Port Macquarie (XC) | Jamie Vogele | Dates TBA | Port Macquarie
Sydney (XC) | Andrew McMillan | 2 & 23 April, 7 & 21 May, 4 & 18 June | Terry Hills
Newcastle | Damien Enderby | 6 & 20 May, 3 & 19 June, 1 & 29 July | Glenrock
Beechworth (XC) | Greg Meyland | 4 & 25 March, 1, 15 & 29 April, 13 May | Beechworth
Hobart (XC) | TBA | Glenorchy
Perth Hills (XC) | Ian Humphrey & Lorraine Phillips | Dates TBA | Kalamunda
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra (XC) | Dylan Cooper | Dates TBA | Stromlo
Canberra (GRAVITY) | Dylan Cooper | Dates TBA | Stromlo
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