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Canoeing

Total investment 2015-16: $5,153,000 (high performance: $4,700,000; high performance – para $225,000; participation $175,000; other $53,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 71%


Australian Canoeing has been rated as progressing for its Olympic program and on track for its Paralympic program. It did not achieve its 2015 benchmark event targets in sprint or slalom disciplines, but there are encouraging signs within the men’s sprint 1000 kayak program and Jessica Fox in the K1 slalom event that the sport can achieve its Olympic goals in Rio.

Jessica Fox lost her 2014 K1 Championship title, finishing fourth (equivalent 3rd nation in Olympic ranking), but retained her C1 title, one of few canoe/kayak athletes in history to have won three world titles.

Australian Canoeing also won a medal in the non-Olympic women’s C1 team race and has earned two slalom quota spots so far for Rio.

In sprint canoe, Australia won silver in the K2 1000, and the men’s K4 1000 crew can also contribute to Rio goals. The 2015 crew included a mix of young and experienced talent. The men’s 1000m program has qualified seven quota spots for Rio, more than any other nation. In non-Olympic events, Australia won gold in the K2 500 and the K1 5000 title.

More sprint and slalom quota spots can be achieved through the 2016 Oceania Qualifying competition.

Para-canoe – The para-canoe program exceeded its benchmark targets in 2015. Quickly adjusting to late classification changes for Rio, the team adapted to win gold, silver and bronze medals in Milan in the new Paralympic events. Australian Canoeing will focus on flexibility of daily training environment service delivery, talent identification, coach development and performance management.

Governance

Australian Canoeing is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the MSGP. Reforms include a move to a Company Limited by Guarantee and adopting several constitutional changes bringing the sport in line with the mandatory principles. The sport still needs to build on its whole-of-sport strategy for the next three years and undertake a board performance review in 2016–17 to complement previous work.

2015 benchmark event // world championships (combined)

Medal target: 2-4

Actual: gold 0 silver 1 bronze 0 total 1

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 0-2

Actual: gold1 silver 1 bronze 1 total 3

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 2-4

2016 benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 0-2

Non-medal target: place 4th-8th (x1-2)

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