For a young person making the decision to dedicate themselves to a high performance sport it's an exciting and hugely challenging time. Young athletes may be putting everything else on hold. A big ask for them, and their family.
In the first in a series on personal development in sport The Weekend is on the starting blocks to turn a dream into a living.
Lynn Freeman speaks to one of the youngest ever to be selected for the White Ferns, 16 year old cricketer Amelia Kerr, her mum Jo Murray. Also on the line is Director of High Performance at Athletics New Zealand Scott Goodman, and former All Black now Emerging Players Manager at the NZ Rugby Players Association Kevin Senio - who turned professional when he was just 18.