Athlete Life

The Athlete Life Programme helps athletes maximize their opportunities and minimise performance constraints. We help athletes plan and develop their careers as athletes and with other life goals.

Important information for carded athletes:  Remember to talk to your Athlete Life Advisor if you are studying this year and your study plans have changed in the last few weeks.


Athlete Life focuses on four key areas for a high performance athlete, outlined below.   Key areas 

1. Skill development (personal leadership skills)

Planning for performance is key to being a high performance athlete. You need the right skills to plan effectively. This section includes setting goals and being accountable, preparation, managing your time and energy and making good decisions, and dealing with people.

2. Sport lifestyle

It's a full-time job being a high performance athlete. You need to consider the logisitcs of going overseas, relocating because your sport is centralising or just moving out of home,sponsorships and partnership building, and managing your money.

3. Finance and budgeting

This section provides help with day-to-day budgeting, working out how much money you need to live on over the course of a year and developing long-term financial goals.

4. Career and education

Find details here on planning for your short- and long-term education, part-time work, or work experience for your future job and setting long-term career goals.

Competency areas within the Athlete Life Programme

We know athletes have different needs in these areas and we tailor our professional development to provide the highest level of support.

Athlete Life Performance Programme

Your Athlete Life Advisor will help identify and work towards your professional development goals using a variety of tools and resources. We also provide online tools.

Athlete Life Matters

The publication of the HPSNZ Athlete Life Programme.

Other Athlete Life programmes

The Athlete Life Programmes isn't just about working individually with carded athletes.  We are also involved in broader programmes for athletes at both ends of an athlete's development pathway in the following:

About Athlete Life 

Strategies and contacts.