Ski, Bike, Adventure
We're connecting current athletes with up and coming kids to support their sporting progression.
What is Gritt Mentoring?
We’re offering a mentoring program that focuses on youth progression. Whether it’s simply exposure to the outdoors, getting going in a sport, or taking skills to the biggest stages in the world. We’re connecting top athletes with motivated up and comers to smooth out their journey and help the next generation succeed in not just their sport, but also wider athlete life.
We are currently in a pilot year and grateful to have some of the world's best athletes putting their names forward to buddy up with a younger athlete in their respective fields.
These are the mentoring pairs for our pilot year, and the sports they're focusing on:
Jamesa Hampton - Joe Cookson | Freeride Skiing
Jess Hotter - Poppy Freeman & Georgia Chambers | Freeride Skiing
Craig Murray - Ruby Hewitt | Freeride Skiing
Ben Richards - Harry Rowden | Freeride Skiing
Sammie Maxwell - Maria Laurie | Mountain Bike XC
Charlie Murray - Sam Hewitt | Enduro Mountain Biking & Freeride Skiing
Nico Porteous - Kazuma Saka | Freestyle Skiing
Meet the team
Mentor: Sammie Maxwell
Mentee: Maria Laurie
Two of the most exciting young cross-country stars are pairing up. The 2023 World champion Sammie has a wealth of knowledge to share and help Maria make the jump to elite level international racing.
Mentor: Jess Hotter
Mentees: Poppy Freeman and Georgia Chambers
Jess is New Zealand's first overall Freeride World Tour Champion, and is helping both Poppy and Georgia to follow their dreams and her lead.
Mentor: Craig Murray
Mentee: Ruby Hewitt
Craig and Ruby have a focus on freeride skiing. They're aiming to build on Ruby's talent and progression, while smoothing her way into the Freeride World Qualifiers
What are we working on?
Providing training resources in collaboration with Tātai Whetū Waitaha
Building an athlete portfolio
Intros and sponsorship connections
Working on barriers
If you've got any questions, comments, or want to help support our mentoring program please get in touch!