BikeNZ manages the NZ Academy of Sport (NZAS) Athlete Carding system. MTBNZ has some input into this, and while the ‘cycling family’ is somewhat over represented by especially track athletes, MTBNZ is determined to keep striving to deliver adequate representation of developing (and worthy!) MTB athletes on this list.
MTBNZ’s view is that the carding system, while obviously useful and vital for those athletes who have proven they have the ‘medal delivery’ value so important to SPARC, should be more heavily oriented to those athletes that clearly have future potential. Allowing the type of support so desparately needed by those developing athletes.
The BikeNZ produced ‘Performance Programme’ or Carding Criteria can be read here. Athletes in this system benefit through specific services delivered through the NZAS network.
The current list of cycling athletes in the ‘Performance Programme’ can be found here.