Programme Purpose

Prepare athletes to perform on the world stage and at pinnacle events.

Selection Criteria

  • ​​​​​​​HPSNZ Carded Athletes (HPSNZ criteria)
  • World Championship selection standard and Olympic qualifiers
  • Current performance, progression, athlete profile (evidence-based vs world standard benchmarks)
  • Commitment to fulltime programme
  • 6 monthly reviews to retain HPSNZ entitlement
  • 6-8 Athletes

​​​​​​​Programme Delivery/Benefits

  • Auckland based programme (Wero)
  • Dedicated High Performance coaching (IPP, Personal prorgramming, on-water coaching dependent on carding tier e.g. T1=FT, T2/3=2/3 per week)
  • HPSNZ support:  APS /  Education/ Prime Ministers Scholarships
  • Access to facilities and water (Wero)
  • Domestic and international camps

Podium Coaches

Michal Smolen (Podium Elite)



Podium Events


World Cup 1 

World Cup 2 

World Cup 3 

World Cup 4

World Championships 

Podium News and Updates

2025  Podium / Te Pae Whakataki Athletes

Podium Elite Athletes

Luuka Jones

​​​​​​​Callum Gilbert

​​​​​​​Finn Butcher

Podium Pathway Athletes

Hannah Thomas

Zack Mutton

George Snook