• Athlete Inspo Series

    Join New Zealand Olympians and high performance athletes as they reveal their journey to the top of their game.

    Designed specifically for aspiring athletes wanting to know more about life at elite level and what it takes to get there, each session in this four-part series will run for 60 minutes, including a Q&A with the guest speaker. Athletes, coaches, families and friends welcome.

    Registrations for event 3 with guest Olivia McTaggart are now live!

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Registrations for event three are now open!

with guest speaker Pole Vault representative Olivia McTaggart.

EVENT THREE: New Zealand Pole Vault representative Olivia McTaggart

Feeling like you’ve hit a wall with your sporting goals? 2018 Commonwealth Games
representative Olivia McTaggart (pole vault) could provide some epic insights that help you break through! Olivia joins us for the next event in our Athlete Inspo Series to share stories of resilience and breaking through mental and physical barriers she’s encountered in her sporting career. Olivia is one of our top young athletes and is primed to represent New Zealand at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This will be a unique opportunity to chat and ask her questions directly, all free of charge!

Event 3 Details

Date: Thursday 27 August 6:30pm

Location: Finish Line, AUT Millennium 17 Antares Place, Rosedale

RSVP by Wednesday 26 August

Past Speakers

EVENT ONE: Dylan Schmidt, Rio Olympian and Youth Olympic Games gold medallist
Monday 24 February

Dylan was joined by Carolyn Donaldson, Senior Athlete Life Advisor at High Performance, and shared his journey as a trampolinist. He spoke about his training, dealing with a potentially career-threatening injury, and how he achieves balance between his life and sport.

His advice to young athletes? Focus on what you can control and don’t underestimate the importance of communication with your coach and support network.

EVENT TWO: Blackstick Shea McAleese

Shea started playing for NZ in 2005 and is still playing now. He has been to 4 Commonwealth Games, 4 World Cups and 3 Olympics and is hoping to go to Tokyo 2021. Shea has had many downs throughout his career including injury and de-selection, but the ups have always outweighed these, and that is why he is still playing.

You can watch Shea’s talk on demand here. 

Save the dates for the rest of the series:

Thursday 22 October

Brought to you by Athlete Development, AUT Millennium and High Performance Sport New Zealand.