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Gymnastics

Total investment 2015-16: $3,198,971 (high performance: $2,372,971; participation $816,000; other $10,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 41% 

Gymnastics Australia is rated as underperforming. The sport has re-established a residential men’s program as a centre of excellence in Canberra, and a women’s centre of excellence in Melbourne and Perth. The benefits of this change have already been apparent in the men’s program, which has seen significant improvement in the quality of the daily performance environment, and consequently the quality of its athletes’ performance. The associated concentration of resources has allowed for greater investment in performance support at all three centres, better collaboration between national and state-based high performance staff, and improved accountability.

While these changes have been significant, it will take some time to show significant results. Performances for both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics at the 2015 world championships were well below expectations, and reflect a consistent decline in Australia’s competitiveness in artistic gymnastics over recent years. The women’s artistic team finished 14th, and has since failed to qualify for Rio at the Olympic Test Event. Both men’s artistic and trampoline have qualified one individual all around gymnast to contest the Rio Test Event. Rhythmic gymnastics has qualified one gymnast for the Rio Games.

For the longer term, Gymnastics Australia needs to review its current national model for high performance gymnastics, and implement a significant rebuilding program that can deliver Olympic success.

Governance

Gymnastics Australia is performing well in adopting the MSGP. The organisation is making good progress on a number of fronts including reporting processes, strategy and alignment throughout the sport. To continue its adoption of the mandatory standards the organisation must address the principle of not appointing or electing a former chief executive onto the board.

2015 benchmark event // world championships (combined)

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Non-medal target: place 4th-8th (x3-5)
place 9th-16th (x2-3)

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