26th May, 2020

The NGC NAAA Youth Elite Programme (YEP), launched in 2017, is intended to facilitate the holistic development of young track and field athletes between the ages of 14 and 20, who have been identified as those with ‘podium-potential’ by 2024. These athletes were identified on the basis of their performance in local, regional and international games in 2016.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and current social distancing measures, these athletes are unable to train in their usual manner, which can impair their ability to perform at future events. As such, an innovative way to continue their arduous training was proposed by Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), an international sports science institute led by multiple Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, that is a supporting partner to the NGC NAAA YEP. NGC NAAA YEP has started using technology to ensure that they do not lose momentum and continue with their training regimen. BridgeAthletic offers world-class software geared towards coaches and personal trainers to deliver custom training programmes and track athlete performance. A portion of the platform is also available to athletes to gain access via any smart device such as a phone, tablet, or laptop.

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