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Prospecting for Gold

The purpose of Prospecting for Gold (P4G) is to identify, support and develop talented Queensland based athletes to produce Australian representatives at the Olympic Games, and other International events.

Video transcript

Bridie Kean: Hi, I’m Bride Kean, I started off in Wheelchair Basketball and am now playing Wheelchair Tennis through the P4G program. 

Henry Hopwood: G’Day I’m Henry Hopwood, I used to play Football growing up then I transitioned into a bit of Body Building and I’ve recently been identified in the QAS P4G program and have moved into Athletics.

John Woods: I’m John Woods and I’m from Rockhampton and I compete as a visually impaired Cyclist on the tandem bike. 

Bridie Kean: After we didn't qualify I took a break from Basketball and took a while to sort of decide what to do next and then I decided I would try my hand at Tennis and through the P4G program the rest, I guess, is history.  

Henry Hopwood: In terms of transition wise, it’s been pretty seamless. I’ve always had that performance goal and that’s sort of what’s driven me to train and what not so to change to a bit of performance in athletics rather than lifting weights has been cool. 

John Woods: I’ve only been riding with David for a total time of about two hours on the bike and it already feels natural to ride with him.   

Bride Kean: I don't know that I would've made the transfer without the P4G program, it’s been amazing. 

Henry Hopwood: I’ve been offered anything I’ve really needed I suppose, i’ve got a coach that’s sets me up with everything I need and yeah anything’s there if you need it. 

Bridie Kean: My long-term goals are to play as many tournaments and get on the international circuit eventually and in the next year to play as many as I can in Australia and then go from there. 

Henry Hopwood: I suppose 2020 is the ultimate dream and making the Olympics and throwing for Australia would be huge so that’s in the mindset at the moment. 

Bridie Kean: So I’m really excited for this campaign.     

What is P4G?

The purpose of P4G is to identify, support and develop talented Queensland based athletes to produce Australian representatives at the Olympic Games, and other benchmark international events. Since the launch of the program in 2013 it has already produced promising outcomes. Four athletes identified through the P4G Program successfully represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, and at the recent 2018 Commonwealth Games, P4G athlete Cassie Purdon came 6th in the high jump final. These accomplishments prove the P4G initiative is destined for future success and with currently 31 athletes in the program, we work towards Tokyo 2020 in eager anticipation!

In order to achieve these milestones, the QAS identifies, screens and tests all potential prospects. Suitable athletes are then fast-tracked by linking them to high quality coaching programs where we are able to constantly monitor talent development and review their progress and requirements. We are committed to transitioning successful prospects into High Performance sports programs so that they can achieve their sporting goals.

The P4G Program also works to identify ‘dual athlete’ prospects. That is, those athletes who have the skill and capacity to achieve in two sports. This is a growing area of elite athlete development.

Working collaboratively with all of the support services at the QAS, as well as national and state sporting organisations, and a myriad of stakeholders in the broader sporting community, P4G athletes are given all of the necessary tools to become a top athlete. With talent identification and talent transfer programs proven to be a valuable contributor to Australia’s sporting success, the world is our oyster.

What are we looking for?

  • Uncut Diamonds - athletes who have raw talent that has not yet been developed. For example, someone with exceptional ability who has not had the opportunity to apply it to a specific sport.
  • Mine Recycling - athletes currently competing in sport at an elite level that could transition to another sport (i.e. Talent Transfer). For example transitioning from Athletics to Triathlon.
  • Viable Mines - athletes already in sport but have limited opportunities for their development. For example talented athletes from remote communities or elite athletes who have been away from sport for some time.
  • Fly In, Fly Out - athletes willing to add an Olympic discipline to their current sport commitment. For example, an elite Cricketer deciding to compete in Javelin.
  • Rare Minerals - athletes that are targeted at events, disciplines, sports that have a narrow talent pool. For example Archery, Women's Rugby 7s.

What do we do?

  • Identify, Screen and Test prospects (suitability criteria will apply)
  • Fast-Track and Support prospects’ talent development by linking potential prospects to available developmental coaching programs
  • Monitor and Review talent development progress
  • Transition successful prospects into High Performance Sports Programs and offer exit advice to unsuccessful prospects.

P4G suitability

P4G suitability will depend on an athletes’ talent/ability, age, commitment, individual circumstances, and availability of appropriate developmental programs.

The P4G Program is an initiative of the Queensland Academy of Sport, which is the elite sport arm of Queensland Sport and Recreation Services.


For all enquiries please contact:

Lawrie Fabian - Senior High Performance Coordinator (P4G)
Phone: 07 37087857
Mobile: 0413733574

Last updated
30 May 2018