Selection & Athlete Tool Box

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The SLSNZ High Performance Squad (‘HP Squad’) is where New Zealand representative teams are generally selected.  Selection into the HP Squad is made according to the SLSNZ Squads and New Zealand Team Selection Policy.  Enquiries can be directed to the SLSNZ High Performance Manager Mob 0279472612.

Ocean & Beach Selection Information

Applications for Selection for ocean and beach athletes are now open - CLICK HERE  All athletes are encouraged to apply by the weekend of Whangamata Classic so selectors know, prior to the season’s events, athletes wishing to be considered for selection in 2023.

Who can apply?  Current ocean and beach HP Squad athletes and new athletes aspiring to compete on the world stage in the next two years can also apply.

Selection Events:  Athletes and coaches should refer to the Selection Policy Section 10.0 for Selection Events.

Selection Announcements:  The selection announcement for ocean and beach athletes is scheduled post Aussies 2023. Any changes to this timeline will be communicated.

Selection Panel:  Scott Bartlett, Michelle Mitchell, John Creighton

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Pool Selection Information

More information to follow...

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IRB Selection Information

More information to follow...

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Surf Boat Selection Information

New Zealand Surf Boat Trial:  Under 23 and Open Male & Female crews who wish to be considered for selection to represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge to be held on February 4, 2023 at Waihi Beach.

Competition Information:  Click here for the event calendar information

Selection:  Selections will be made in accordance to the SLSNZ Surf Boat Selection Policy. Selectors will hold an online information session for all crews entered into the Trial on Monday 28 November. Crews entering the Trial need to ensure all members:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria for both the Trial and the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge
  • Are able to compete at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge on February 4, 2022 at Waihi
  • Agree to pay an athlete contribution towards the campaign 
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Scholarship Information

Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships

High Performance Sport NZ Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships allow athletes to undertake tertiary study and vocational qualifications while pursuing elite level sport at the same time. 

The scholarship scheme also helps retiring athletes move smoothly into another career once their sporting careers are over.  The purpose of the Athlete Scholarship Programme is to invest in educational opportunities that enable world leading performances from New Zealand's top athletic talent, by assisting athletes to develop holistically outside sport in ways that contribute towards their post-athletic career and enable the sustainability of our athlete talent pool.

The programme supports the achievement of tertiary and vocational qualifications while pursuing excellence in sport. The programme provides support in:

  • High performance planning, including career advice to assist recipients to make well-considered decisions regarding Study Plans and workloads, and manage their lives effectively in the pursuit of sporting excellence
  • Financial contribution to academic fees (up to a maximum of $10,000 per year including GST if applicable)
  • Financial contribution towards other study costs (up to a maximum of $5,000 per year including GST if applicable), referred to as the Study Support Allowance (SSA), which may include living expenses, study expenses (for example, exam-related fees), and books.
Prime Minister Scholarship Information
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Tania Dalton Foundation, created in honour of the sporting legend whose presence would fill the room, has been established to make a meaningful impact on the lives of budding young Kiwis, guiding them to lead their biggest life - as Tania did.

What is the aim of the scholarships?

TDF scholarships provide support to young women from all kinds of circumstances and at different stages of their development, to unlock their talent and enable them to live their biggest life with sport as their guide.

Click here for more information 

Scholarship Award

  • Duration - A maximum of three years.
  • Financial assistance - Up to $5,000 per annum.  (Funds will be held by TDF and distributed on an ‘as required’ basis.)
  • Support - Coordinated by TDF, but to include the young person’s eco-system – Whanau, School or Tertiary, Sporting Code, Mentor.
  • Personal development - One on one mentor. Workshops throughout the duration of the scholarship, topics include personality profiling, goalsetting, leadership.

Application Process

  • Sporting Codes will be approached to identify students who meet Tania Dalton Foundation criteria.  Applications will be made available to the students by the Sporting Codes. - By 15 July.  Application Form in Word | Application Form in PDF

Click here for the full information sheet

Eligibility Criteria for Scholarship

  • New Zealand citizen or permanently residing in New Zealand.
  • Female.
  • Current Y11 or Y12 (Y12 or Y13 at start of scholarship) The age range has been amended – there is flexibility (1st year out of school at start of a scholarship) should a candidate meet all other criteria.
  • Sporting talent – representation at regional or national level.
  • Be able to demonstrate a significant level of financial and/or circumstantial hardship to meet the purposes of the award.

Drug Free Sport Information

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is committed to clean sport and rejects cheating through the use of prohibited substances and methods. Clean athletes follow the anti-doping rules, know the health risks of doping, and understand the importance of the testing regime to deter and detect doping, and protect clean athletes.

SLSNZ has adopted New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules (the Rules), which means that these Rules apply to all [NSO] members, regardless of your role or the level at which you compete.

SLSNZ works in partnership with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to support athletes to compete clean, providing education material and resources available to help you understand your anti-doping rights and responsibilities:

"Our mission is to work with the Surf Life Saving community to ensure sport at all levels is clean and drug free".

How do I find out what is banned?

You can find out what substances and methods that are banned in sport by checking the Prohibited List. The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and comes into effect on 1 January every year.  It details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

You can also use the medication check feature on DFSNZ’s website, phone 0800 DRUG FREE (378 437), or click on the link below.

What are the risks of taking supplements?

Before using any supplement, it is important that you and your support people understand the risks involved.  Supplement labels don’t always say exactly what is in them, or how much and DFSNZ cannot approve any supplement product or its use

"As an athlete you are solely responsible
for every substance in your body"

Will I be drug tested?

DFSNZ’s testing programme plays a crucial role in detecting and deterring doping in sport.  Testing aims to protect the rights of clean athletes to compete in clean sport.   While testing is primarily focused on high performance athletes competing at the international level and emerging athletes competing at the national level, DFSNZ can and does test lower level athletes where there is good reason.  More information about the testing process, including athletes’ rights and responsibilities is available on DFSNZ’s website.

How do I report suspicious doping activity?

Anyone can report suspicious doping activity. The best and most secure way to make a report is through the DFSNZ website, email or phone 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) and ask to report doping.  Any information you share with DFSNZ will be treated in the strictest confidence and you can report anonymously if you wish.  DFSNZ wants to hear from athletes, coaches, managers, doctors, sports administrators, sponsors – basically anyone who has information to help keep sport clean.

What if I need to take medication that contains a prohibited substance?

Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take, in consultation with their doctor, to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

To check whether a medication is permitted in sport, please visit the Medication Check page on the DFSNZ website.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport.

If you’re competing at the national level in a particular sport, you may need to apply for a TUE before you take medication which contains a prohibited substance. Check to see whether your sport and level of competition mean you need to apply for a TUE ahead of time.

Education and resources

Surf Life Saving New Zealand encourages all athletes and support personnel to be aware or their anti-doping responsibilities, understand the need to comply with the Rules and that doping presents a risk to health, reputation and career.  DFSNZ have great education tools available including free e-learning courses and resources.

  • E-Learning: DFSNZ has three free courses available – Level 1, Level 2 and Coaches.  Learn more and register.
  • Resources: DFSNZ has free hardcopy and downloadable resources available including handbooks, wallet guides, youth resources and parent’s resources.  You can order or download resources.


If you have any questions, please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is: Mike Lord, Sport Development Officer,,  p.03 388 4999 ext 4