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Target Talent Program

2015/16 Talent Squad List

2016/17 Selection Criteria

Athletics WA Target Talent Program (TTP) Overview


The Target Talent Program (TTP) is Athletics Australia’s (AA) talent identification strand of the High Performance Strategy. The program is fully funded by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Australian Winning Edge (AWE) program. In Western Australia, the TTP is delivered on AA’s behalf by Athletics WA (AWA).


Program Purpose

  • To be the early talent identification element of Athletics Australia’s High Performance Department as part of the AIS Winning Edge strategy;

  • To encourage the best young athletes in each State (or Territory) by inviting them to be part of a State level squad;

  • To create meaningful contacts in the off-season between the best young athletes in each State (or Territory) and their personal coaches and the State TTP coaches;


  • To encourage the best local coaches by giving the status of being a State TTP Coach;

  • To create a national pool of identified coaches in each event group (e.g. State TTP coaches) who can be used to disseminate best practice at the local level; 

  • The TTP is not intended to create “mini high performance centres” in States. The program is intended to motivate and improve athletes through coach led training and education squad sessions.

By identifying and engaging Western Australia’s best junior athletes and coaches through development and education opportunities, the TTP aims to encourage athletes and coaches to achieve their potential and to represent Australia at youth, junior and senior levels. In 2017, this includes the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya for U18 athletes.

State TTP Coaches will be appointed within four event groups (Sprints & Hurdles, Endurance & Walks, Jumps, and Throws) and will act as points of contact for TTP squad athletes and their personal coaches. Up to ten State TTP Coaches may be appointed. Applications are now open for the 2016/17 Target Talent Program (TTP) coach positions. Click here for more information on the position and application process

Throughout the season, athletes who meet inclusion criteria and their personal coaches will be invited to attend the TTP Squad Days which will incorporate a combination of relevant event group training clinics and both general and event-specific education workshops. The education workshops will incorporate the WAIS / DSR “Developing Champions” Education Program.