Published: Nov 30, 2012 09:39:47 AM Updated: Dec 3, 2012 09:49:31 AM
Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today welcomed the launch of Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022, the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) plan to ensure Australia remains in the top table of international sport.
The plan will create a high performance sector focused on accountability and integrity.
Australia’s Winning Edge introduces new benchmarks for Australian high performance sport: top five in the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 in the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one in the Commonwealth Games and at least 20 world champions annually.
To achieve these goals the ASC’s investments in National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) will be linked to performance targets and will prioritise sports that demonstrate the greatest chance of short, medium and long-term success.
Australia’s Winning Edge places increased responsibility on NSOs to operate with high quality governance, administration and financial practices and the ASC will link funding to greater accountability.
The ASC will increase investments in coaching and talent identification as well as direct support for athletes.
Additionally, the ASC will assist NSOs in identifying opportunities to share resources, reduce duplication and grow their commercial and philanthropic funding.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will play a key role in delivering Australia’s Winning Edge. It will continue to drive world-leading sports innovation and will shift its focus from program delivery to services delivery for high performance sports.
“The Crawford Report highlighted that Australian sport was at a critical junction. Australia’s Winning Edge is our plan to ensure Australia remains amongst the world’s top sporting nations,” Senator Lundy said.
“Australia’s Winning Edge sets the long-term vision for high performance sport in Australia so we continue to innovate and develop.”
“I fully endorse the new direction we are taking in high performance sport with Australia’s Winning Edge.”