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SPARC Releases High Performance Strategy

15 August 2006

SPARC Releases High Performance Strategy

Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) today released the findings and recommendations of its High Performance Strategy 2006-2012, a blueprint for its approach to investing in high performance sport in New Zealand in the coming years.

The strategy, developed during the past eight months, is based on a comprehensive analysis of New Zealand’s high performance structures and systems. The review analysed the delivery structure and support programmes at a national and regional level.

SPARC’s goal is to create a world-class high performance system that provides the leadership, resources and support services that enable athletes and teams to win in events that matter to New Zealand.

SPARC has identified eight strategies aimed at streamlining and improving the efficiency of New Zealand’s high performance system.

“The overall goal of these strategies is to increase the international competitiveness of New Zealand’s athletes and teams; to foster a ‘performance-focussed’ culture in high performance sport; and to ensure SPARC invests for the long term in results capable sports in order to develop their depth of talent to ensure they can win in events that matter to New Zealand,” said SPARC Chief Executive Nick Hill.

“At the end of the day, in the realm of high performance sport, it’s all about winning. As the leader of New Zealand’s high performance system, SPARC is focussing its resources on the sports that are capable of achieving that goal,” Hill added.

For a copy of SPARC’s High Performance Strategy 2006-2012, visit our website at


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