Athlete Program

Snow Sports


Program overview

The Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) / South East Sports Academy (SESA) Snow Sports Program is a scholarship program that enhances the development of talented athletes in the South East region of NSW.

The SSA Emerging Talent program and SESA aims to provide support and fast-tracked performance pathway opportunities to a very select athlete cohort identified by SSA coordinated activity (SSA Futures, Pathway Program Activity, Events, Dryland Initiatives / Physical Conditioning, and Gymnastics & Acrobatic Training)

The Joint program initiative will target athletes identified as being capable of progressing through the performance pathway to achieve results at the highest level. It is aimed to allow the sports system to have meaningful engagement with identified athletes and prepare them for when they reach an underpinning institute supported program.

Program details

We expect to be able to confirm details of the program along with targeted athletes well in advance of the domestic season 2019.

Athlete benefits

The SSA Emerging Talent program and SESA will aim to facilitate support to athletes in the following way:

  • Elite athlete mentorships

  • Individual Performance Planning and Program Management

  • Management of DTE and servicing including the placement with sport program providers

  • Discipline Specific Performance Camps

  • Access to facilities and athlete services

  • Specific access to resorts and training courses 

  • Targeted performance initiatives for development opportunity

  • Financial contribution to support individualised training requirements

Aligning the SESA Program and the Emerging Talent Program will only enhance and grow the skill development of the identified athletes within the performance pathway across all the disciplines.

Athlete eligibility

To be eligible for a SSA / SESA Snow Sports Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be identified as a targeted SSA Emerging Talent Athlete

  2. Be committed to attend the pre-season and post-season camp

Conditions of scholarship

SSA / SESA Snow Sport Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Be committed and prepared to work toward representing their sport at a state or national level

  • Be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development

  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the South East Sports Academy Code of Conduct

  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing your sport and SSA or SESA

  • Comply with the training requirements of your discipline as prescribed by nominated coaching staff and respond in a positive manner to any suggestions or criticism

Selection criteria

To gain selection into the SSA / SESA Snow Sports Program athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and then the following will be taken into consideration:

  • Past performance and achievements

  • Potential to improve, stated goals and planned schedule of competitions

  • Willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas

  • Attitude, commitment and dedication

  • Tactical ability or knowledge of their chosen sport

  • Physical attributes associated with optimal performance for their sport.

Selection Process

  • Athletes identified by SSA as Emerging Talent Program athletes will be invited to apply for a SESA scholarship.