We are Podium

Podium is a service that helps connect New Zealand’s top athletes with employment opportunities that will support and be flexible around their sporting aspirations, as well as life post-sport. Podium allows employers to access a unique community of talent, be it on a contingent or full-time basis.


Join Podium to be connected with employers that are open to working with athletes, and understand that there's more to you than your sport. 


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Our Story

From Athlete Community Link to Podium

Callum Saunders & Sam Dakin – Co-founders & Athlete Advocates.

Sam & Callum are recent Olympic debutants, representing the NZ Sprint Cycling Team at the Tokyo Olympics.

Great mates and teammates, they came up with an idea to connect athletes with businesses in their local community. Not only to help provide financial support for their peers, but also for them to have direction and experience after their sporting careers.

Jake Riggir – Co-Founder, Consultant & sports advocate. 

Jake came across Sam & Callum's story, packed up his desk as an IT recruiter in Wellington, and made the leap. 

He brings his energy, commitment, and recruitment experience to support his fellow founders. 

HainesAttract have a history of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in the recruitment and talent attraction space.

Providing scale, resources, and advisory services, HainesAttract have partnered with Athlete Community Link to create Podium and take this idea to the nation. 

Why join us?

At no cost to the athlete, we advocate on your behalf to connect you with flexible and supportive employers. Even if you may already be employed, it is worthwhile to be a part of this community to see what opportunities are available to you in the future.

Employers who will be flexible towards your sporting commitments.
1 on 1 Consultation
Face to face, or video meeting. We want to know exactly how we can best help you. Everyone has a unique story, we want to know yours.
From CV help, interview prep to how to be work-ready. Our team is dedicated to helping you transition from the sporting arena to the working world.
Post-placement Support
We stay connected with you throughout your new role. We evaluate how you are feeling in the role, and set performance goals.
Be a part of a community of people that have been on similar journeys. Support each other outside the sporting arenas.

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