Cycling New Zealand have announced the new intake for the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub which is part of the Subway New Zealand National Performance Hub programme. This is the third year of the programme for the Auckland-Northland region.
The Subway New Zealand National Performance Hub is a pathway programme for emerging young talent who receive training and professional resources. The Hubs also assist with the development pathway for coaches as part of high-performance succession planning.
Cycling New Zealand established the athlete development programme in partnership with Subway New Zealand, with the overarching aim of developing athletes across all cycling codes to feed into the Cycling New Zealand High Performance programme.
There are 16 athletes from road and track disciplines selected for the 2019-2020 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Hub programme.
Former New Zealand representative Myron Simpson, Auckland Hub coach, has seen an increased interest in the Hub over the last two years as a result of improved performances at national and international events.
“The Hub programme is all about nurturing and developing local talent. Last year our athletes consistently podiumed at the Vantage Elite & U19 Track Nationals, and junior road and track events throughout the country,” said Simpson.
“We have the support of the local Auckland community with local companies and organisations such as Barfoot & Thompson and AUT along with our national programme sponsor Subway New Zealand which means we can build momentum and create great coaching opportunities to fully develop more young riders to flow into the elite space.”
Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand’s largest privately-owned real estate company, have been the naming sponsor of the Hub since inception and are huge supporters of the local community through their many and varied sponsorships.
A family business with over 95 years of experience, 77 branches and over 1,500 salespeople across Auckland and Northland, they are ground-breakers when it comes to real estate having won numerous national and international awards.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to be chosen as a member of the Hub and all the riders should be proud of their achievements,” said Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson.
“We are very supportive of the Hub and it’s great to see these young athletes wearing our brand with pride, we look forward to the day where we see them competing on the world stage.”
Local Mission Bay Subway franchise owners are integral to supporting local riders throughout the year and have praised the Subway Regional Performance Hub programme for the support it has provided to budding riders.
“We love being able to fuel young riders from across the Auckland region with fresh and delicious subs, salads, wraps and paninis. We’re excited to see how far these riders will go and it’s awesome knowing that we’re part of that journey.”
There are four regional Subway Performance Hubs for road and track cycling along with two national Performance Hubs for Mountain Bike and BMX based in Rotorua and Cambridge respectively.
The new intake for the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub is:
Lucy Buckeridge (Takapuna), Lucy Thomson (Mt Eden), Georgia Danford (Sandringham), Jorja Clouth (Meadowbank), Prue Fowler (Mt Eden), Stella Nightingale (Parnell), Ella Wyllie (Epsom), Lara Hopkinson (Remuera), Ally Gothard (Westmere), Sophie de Vries (Meadowbank), Cameron Davies (Meadowbank), Cameron Manley (Meadowbank), Ewart Bower (Devonport), Ollie Grave (Mt Eden), Liam Regan (St Heliers), Lachie Dickson (Mt Eden), Aidan Merrick (Mt Eden).