Athlete Life Matters

Athlete Life Matters is a publication of the HPSNZ Athlete Life Programme - empowering athlete capability for competitive greatness.

  • Boyle buoyant about Brazil

    Since narrowly missing the podium at the 2012 London Olympic Games, star New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle has gone from length-to-length and strength-to-strength to give herself every chance of savouring success in Rio. Read more
  • Grants Provide Financial Leg-up to Emerging Talented Athletes

    High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) is backing emerging talented athletes with financial assistance to advance their development towards competing on the world’s toughest sporting stages - world championships, Olympics and Paralympic Games. Read more
  • In profile: Brad Conza

    In 2016, strength and conditioning specialist Brad Conza hopes to be celebrating the women's hockey Black Sticks winning an Olympic medal. "The golder the better!" Read more
  • The life of a carded athlete

    What is life like for our elite athletes at this time of the year… a time of change and planning? For many athletes, spring means a return home after competing in Europe. Read more
  • Athlete Life Advice with Anna Simcic

    HPSNZ Athlete Life Advisor and iconic swimmer Anna Simcic Anna looks at how athletes can help their support team to understand the life of an athlete. Read more
  • Danny McBride, Paralympic single scull

    In 1999, Danny McBride was a forestry worker, when a rotten tree behind where he was working fell on him. He knew straight away he had a spinal injury. Read more
  • Rebecca Dubber, Paralympic Swimmer

    The dedication, courage and grit of our Paralympians Read more
  • Fiona Southorn, Paralympic cyclist

    For Paralympian Fiona Southorn this will be her third Paralympic Games. Currently ranked third in the world, she’s feeling confident it will be her best Games yet. Read more
  • Nick Wilson, Hockey

    In 2007 Nick Wilson was still in school when he first made his appearance for the New Zealand Men's Black Sticks. Now, just out from the London Olympics, he is one of the world's leading strikers. Read more
  • Bianca Russell, Hockey

    As goal keeper, Bianca Russell plays a central role within the team. As the oldest member of the team, at 34 years, she also has a wealth of life experiences to add value to the team as a whole. Read more