Dave talks with Athletic Tasmania Executive Officer Gabby Steele who provides and update on Covid 19 and the impact on the sport plus plans for the summer.

Athletics Tasmania, in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, are proud to announce the thirty two athletes selected for the Target Talent Program (TTP) for the upcoming track and field season.

The TTP is a part of a national program that aims to identify and assist in developing talented, emerging athletes aged 13-19, with the potential and motivation to attain National representative standards.

Excitingly for season 2020/21, the squad features athletes from all event disciplines following increased national success for Tasmanian athletes in the Para and multi-event competitions.

The implications of COVID-19 result in a revamped program that has a stronger online focus for the educational components of the program. Athletes from around the state will attend their first training day on the 26th July at the Domain Athletics Centre, Hobart.

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The program supports both the athletes and their personal coaches through seminars and information sessions from national coaches and specialist presenters; with an intent to further develop a pathway that provides appropriate development to a career in athletics in Tasmania.

The squad for the 2020/21 season includes:
Emily Aichberger (Para Distance)
Ella Atkins (Distance)
Anna Blackwell (Walks)
Will Bottle (Walks)
Jessica Bray (Multi-Event)
Max Brideson (Sprints/Jumps)
Abbie Butler (Distance)
Sam Clifford (Distance)
Raphaela Corney (Pole Vault)
Julia Direen (Throws)
Anais Fitzpatrick (Pole Vault)
Lachlan Fox (Distance)
Ed Golding (Distance/Steeple)
Isabella Hippel (Throws)
Mikayla Ireland (Distance)
Olivia Jones (Multi-Event)
Caleb Kirkpatrick (Throws)
Alexander Kwa (Distance)
Zoe Laurenson (Pole Vault)
Natalie Leszczynski (Throws)
Taia Lette (High Jump)
Alexander McKillop (Para Sprints)
Harrison McLeod (Sprints)
Oliver Morgan (Walks)
Darcy Noonan (Multi-Event)
Luke Palmer (Distance)
Benjamin Potter (Sprints/Jumps)
Aaron Rigby (Sprints)
Will Robertson (Walks)
Chelsea Scolyer (Sprints)
Rachel Tolson (Para Sprints)
Tom Winkel (Distance)

Summary: 32 athletes named in Athletics Tasmania/Tasmanian Institute of Sport Target Talent Program (TTP) Squad for 2020/21 Season. Training days include Sunday 26th July 2020, Sunday 11th October 2020 and Tuesday 12th January 2021 from 9am each day.