Performance Athletes and their coaches will be supported through the Olympic Potential programme. Performance will be measured against Olympic qualifying standards. Potential will be measured on progression year on year, documented evidence of commitment to own development and adherence to a contract of agreement.

The aim of the Olympic Potential Programme will be to achieve medals and top sixteen places at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships and to gain selection onto the UKA World Class Performance Programme or the Irish Carding System at Performance level.

Olympic Potential athletes will be eligible for Sporting Winners investment that includes support from the Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute (SNISI).

Through the Olympic Potential Programme, Athletics NI will provide:

  • Bespoke Sports Science and Medicine support with an integrated approach, through the Sport NI Sports Institute.
  • Financial support for training, competition and equipment.
  • Six weekly planning/monitoring/review meetings face-to-face with the Athlete Development Lead or Director of Coaching and Athlete Development
  • Up to two squad training camps per year for warm weather/altitude/acclimatisation leading towards targeted competitions.

To find out more on more on specific financial support and to see the currently supported athletes please see the Olympic Potential page.