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Elite MotorSport Academy

Applications for the 2021 Elite MotorSport Academy are open!

The Elite MotorSport Academy in a world-renowned development program for motorsport competitors in New Zealand. Young competitors from all aspects of the sport are put into 12-month academy program, starting with a weeklong ‘camp’ in Dunedin.

The academy has fostered young talent who regularly make headlines around the world for their achievements. Shane van Gisbergen, Hayden Paddon, Mitch Evans, Brendon Hartley, Richie Stanaway and more recently Marcus Armstrong have all received training through the academy.

  • To provide a one-week intensive “in camp” programme of physical and educational training assistance package for up to nine MotorSport New Zealand recognised Race or Rally competitors who have already demonstrated the ability to excel in their chosen motorsport discipline.
  • To provide a tailored twelve-month follow up package for the academy graduates to ensure they retain and further develop the training regimes and educational opportunities demonstrated “in camp’.

Those chosen to attend will live “in camp” for the duration of the Elite Academy and in addition to the personal development thrust of the programmes will undertake a number of team building activities. These activities will be awarded points with recognition at the end of the camp to the team scoring the highest.

Soon after arrival “in camp” attendees will be assessed on components of their personal fitness relevant to being an elite driver. Components to be assessed will include:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Heat stress tolerance
  • Reaction time
  • Visual abilities
  • Muscle balance/posture

Workshops covering sport psychology, nutrition, data analysis, public speaking/media skills, motorsport regulations and procedures as well as daily physical training routines will provide an all-encompassing week of learning designed to test and sometimes stretch attendees’ mental and physical limits.

During the course of the week, all attendees will develop a sponsorship proposal, which they will have five minutes to present verbally to a panel of judges on the last day of the Academy. The format is not too dissimilar to the TV programme “Dragons Den”.

1. Applicants must be;

  • Permanent residents of New Zealand, and
  • Members of a member club of MotorSport New Zealand Inc, or equivalent membership through KartSport NZ or NZDRA, and
  • To the level of physical fitness prescribed [refer item 4 fitness prerequisites] prior to arrival in Dunedin, and
  • Prepared to undergo a complete medical examination prior to attending the camp and allowing the outcomes of the medical to be transmitted to the Director of Human Performance Centre: School of Physical Education; University of Otago, and
  • Able to provide a time commitment to attending and participating in the package or packages arranged as part of the Elite Academy, and
  • Furnish reports on outcomes achieved as and when required by The MotorSport NZ Scholarship Trust and MotorSport New Zealand Inc.

2. Application close at 5:00pm on Friday 12th of March 2021.

3. Applicants (or persons on their behalf) are expected to complete an application form, which is forwarded to a judging panel that considers all applications, conduct interviews where deemed appropriate, and determines a successful applicant.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whilst the Elite MotorSport Academy is open to all competitors it is envisaged that persons between the ages of sixteen and thirty-five will be better equipped to gain the best advantage. Notwithstanding these comments, the judges may consider applications from applicants outside these age groups.

4. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

The applicants selected for the 2021 Elite MotorSport Academy will;

(a) Attend the Elite Academy camp in Dunedin, scheduled for the week of 27 June to 3 July 2021, all accommodation and meals provided and travel to and from Dunedin (refer Note), and

(b) Participate in a specifically tailored follow up programme over the following twelve months.

Note: The Trust will arrange air travel for all attendees requiring such up to a maximum of $500.00 per attendee. Any attendee not requiring air travel but based more than 100km from Dunedin will be paid a travel allowance up to a maximum of $500.00 per attendee on presentation of a travel claim complete with all receipts.

The Elite Academy will not be a holiday camp and all successful applicants will be required to have a good level of fitness prior to arrival at the camp.

Competitors selected for the 2021 Elite Academy are accepted on the condition that they will be at the required pre-entry fitness levels prior to the commencement of the Elite Academy. The Academy of Sport South Island will establish tests regionally for the selected applicants to attend. Failure to pass these tests could mean exclusion from the Elite Academy.

The tests will be based on the following; all intending applicants are urged to start working towards these minimum levels of fitness now.

Fitness test:

  • *1.5 mile run either on a track (6 laps of 400m track) or treadmill. You are looking for 9 minutes 15 seconds or less for a reasonable fitness level.
  • *Beep test. You are looking for level 12, shuttle 5 or more.
  • *Astrand or other bike test. You are looking for a >55 V02 for a reasonable fitness level.

* These tests are maximal; you should only attempt these two tests if you are in good physical shape. If in any doubt, contact your GP.

Pick either one of the run tests or bike test. Selection should be based on your current training programme.

Muscular endurance:

2-minute push up test: This test will give you an indication of your chest, shoulder and triceps endurance. The idea is to complete as many push-ups in a 2-minute period. You can rest at any time during the test (you cannot though move your hands) by dropping onto your knees. You must take the elbow to the right angle for the push up to count, best to use a friend to adjudicate and take the time. You are looking for a minimum of 50 push-ups in the 2-minute test.

2-minute sit-up test: This test will give you an indication of your core endurance. The idea is to complete as many sit-ups in a 2-minute period. You can rest at any time during the test. You will need someone to hold your feet and you must have a bent knee. Your arms need to be folded across your chest with your hands resting on your shoulders. The sit up does not count if you do not return your shoulders to the floor after each sit up, if you lift your arms off of your chest or if you lift your hips off the ground. You are looking for a minimum of 50 sit-ups in the 2-minute test.

Flexibility:  

Sit and reach: Do this simple flexibility test after you have completed the fitness test, you will be nice and warm and will get a true indication of your flexibility levels. This test will look at your hamstring and lower back flexibility. Sitting on your bottom place your bare feet onto a wall straight out in front of you. Keeping your knees on the floor coming forward with a straight back with your hands stretched out in front and see if you can touch the wall. You need to hold the stretch for 2 seconds; this stops you from bouncing the stretch and thus cheating. You are looking to be able to touch the wall.

If you are currently doing very little in the physical conditioning area we would advise getting some professional guidance. This could be through your nearest Academy of Sport or local respected gymnasium. Remember you are training to be an athlete, not a body-builder.

You should strive to achieve a minimum of 3-5 hours a week on physical conditioning (both upper body strength endurance and general aerobic activity). There is no expectation that you should achieve the standards indicated above by June, merely they should give you a reality check with where you are at and where you need to strive to be. As an absolute minimum, you should be able to maintain form and complete 20 press-ups, 30 sit-ups and run/cycle/swim continuously for 45 minutes at a comfortable level.

1. The application form asks a number of questions aimed at providing a detailed insight of the applicant’s achievements to date and what is hoped to be achieved in the future.

The more information that is provided through the questions, to the judges in assessing each applicants’ abilities, the better chance they will have of making a soundly based decision of the best recipient.

2. Completing an application should not be a difficult or onerous task if you [the applicant] follow these guidelines;

  • Read through the application form and these notes to get a feel of what the judges will be looking for.
  • Attach to the application, one good quality photo of yourself. — head and shoulders photograph please.
  • Please ensure your submissions are clear and legible. Typewritten responses are preferred.
  • Ensure you complete the declaration and sign the application form.
  • Ensure it is posted to arrive prior to the established closing date for applications.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Note: All unsuccessful applicants for previous years’ Elite MotorSport Academies are invited to reapply. All applicants are required to complete the online application form.

Applicants selected for final review or interview will be advised by email by Friday 9th April 2021. The Judging Panel will conduct all interviews in Auckland. All costs involved with attendance at the interview is the applicant’s care.

The successful applicants for attendance at the 2021 Elite Academy will be the subjects of a media announcement at the MotorSport New Zealand Awards night to be held Saturday 22nd of May 2021.

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