Harness Racing Driving


This program is supported by:



Program Coordinator: Barry McColl


A pathway program for high performance including healthy lifestyle and integrity has been created utilising the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) in partnership with various venues and facilities around the state. At present the mini-trots program assists children aged 5-17 and focuses on education for riding safety and welfare, an Academy program would be those new to competitive driving and have been identified as possible talented drivers aged 14-18 in the pre-elite category. The main focus of the Academy program is to create junior development to educate off-track, or out-of-racing.


The program will consist of two education sessions of as follows:


Session One – Health & Wellbeing


Saturday, March 10th: 9am-4pm Venue TBC


Topics include:

  • Nutrition
  • Social Media- Advice & Pit Falls
  • Alcohol & Social Drug Advice
  • Fitness Testing 
  • A Career in Harness? Finance & Travel Opportunities 
  • Media Training & Workshop


Session Two – Sports Prep and Racing Focus


Saturday, March 24th: 9am-1:30pm Venue TBC


Topics include:

  • Sports Psychology & Goal Setting
  • Key Industry Rules & Regulations
  • Pathway Opportunities 
  • Fitness Testing Feedback
  • Tactical Driving
  • Animal Welfare
  • Equipment & Care


Cost of Program


The cost of the 2018 Hunter Academy of Sport Harness Racing AThlete Education Program is FREE.