The Australian Sports Commission has issued a “we will fight them on the beaches” missive on their plans to put Australia back in the lead of the reality TV format known as elite sport.
The Winning Edge sets high targets for Australia to be a top five nation at the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 at the winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one at the Commonwealth Games and have more than 20 world champions annually.
Funding to sports will be based on a new set of investment principles that will assess sports ability to provide sound evidence that they can contribute to the targets. The details of how sports perform against their plans will be made public every year through a State of Sports report giving transparency to national and international performance.
There will be a greater focus on investing, developing and retaining coaches and more money invested in supporting more athletes. The AIS will allocate an additional $20 million in these areas between now and 2016.
Talent identification will also become a focus with an annual ‘Sports Draft Camp’ to be conducted to spot potential champions in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports.
As Australia’s national high performance agency, the AIS will be responsible for funding recommendations of sports to the ASC board and open its campus doors to more athletes to use its state of the art training environment and world leading sports science, recovery and rehabilitation facilities.
Over time the AIS will also transition out of directly delivering sport programs to empower sports to manage their entire high performance pathway.
Transition out of delivering sport programs?
Sounds like they’ll be able to sell off a lot of facilities.