Rotorua is filled with supremely talented young athletes ready to make their mark on the world. We've already produced world beaters such as Buck Shelford, Steven Adams, Sarah Walker and Susan Devoy. All of these athletes started somewhere and in this feature we look at what the next generation of sporting superstars must do to follow in their footsteps. We speak to experts in athlete development and nutrition, coaches, scouts and parents as well as highlight some of the young men and women already on the pathway to success, who will be profiled in more detail in the coming weeks.

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Be a team player

Fuel your body

Make the most of your opportunities

Overcoming obstacles

Learn from those who have already made it

Rotorua's Rising Stars:

Tips for young athletes with big ambitions