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Target Talent Program

WA TTP Athlete 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. 

Earlier this year, Athletics Australia, with the support of its valued partners Athletics WA and the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), made some changes to the resourcing associated with the Target Talent Program (TTP) in WA. The TTP is funded by Athletics Australia (AA) as part of its high performance investment and forms an important component of the sport’s talent identification and athlete development initiatives. This change saw the administration of the TTP move across to WAIS to coincide with the appointment of a State Performance Coordinator (SPC) as part of AA’s investment in high performance athletics in WA. The SPC role, filled by Todd Faulds, is a part time role that has responsibility for the coordination of AA and WAIS high performance activities and the associated link in to Athletics WA development programs.

Athletics WA’s Development Officer, Shane Ellis, works closely with Todd Faulds in the delivery of this program ensuring there is effective communication and promotion of the program to the Athletics WA membership.

Whilst there are a range of models in place across Australia for the various SPC roles, the move to the integration of the SPC role within WAIS was to consolidate resources, expand the role responsibility and develop a greater connection for athletics in to WAIS. The change mirrors similar successful setups in Queensland and New South Wales where SPC’s are employed by the state institutes/academies of sport.

Athletics Australia, Athletics WA and the Western Australian Institute of Sport have a strong working relationship and these administrative changes will help further strengthen opportunities for young Western Australian athletes and their coaches to learn and develop.


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. 

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. 

Throughout the season, athletes who meet selection 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.