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NASS membership for best

sally pearson

Athletics Australia (AA) will today extend the offer of National Athlete Support Structure (NASS) membership to 102 of the nation’s best athletes.

Set to capture 65 able-bodied and 37 para-athletes including Moscow 2013 medallists Sally Pearson (Qld), Jared Tallent (Vic) and Kim Mickle (WA) and para-athletics world champions Evan O’Hanlon (ACT) and Scott Reardon (NSW), the NASS is a high performance system that provides support to individual athletes who have the potential to contribute to the goals of the Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) Winning Edge.

“Congratulations to each of the athletes that will be offered membership to the National Athlete Support Structure. Athletics Australia and our partners across the state and territory institute and sport academy network look forward to working alongside you and your personal coaches as we aim to contribute to the aims of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Winning Edge plan,” Simon Nathan, the Athletics Australia High Performance Director, said.

“Now in its second year, the NASS will again see athletes allocated to either the Enhanced Program or the Team Program. The one significant change to the structure is the wording used to describe the categories of the Enhanced Program, with designations used now more closely aligned to the wording outlined by the Australian Institute of Sport. The Team Program will again capture athletes who are selected to compete for Australia in identified senior or junior championships, or domestic squads, during the upcoming membership period commencing 1 October 2014.”

“In a positive, we have been able to extend the offer of a higher level of membership to more athletes than we did in the NASS’s first year and all Commonwealth Games medallists have been captured within the program, highlighting an increased level of performance by Australian athletes. We have also for the first time added the Athletics Australia Under 19 Talent Squad to the Emerging Level of the Enhanced Program, providing the next generation of national representatives a chance to engage with the facilities of the state and territory institute and sport academy network.”

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