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Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

Total investment 2015-16: $2,638,645 (high performance: $2,573,645; other $65,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 64%

The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia is rated as on track. The Institute’s snow sport athletes exceeded their performance targets at the 2015 world championships. Their four medals, including two golds, indicate that the program is on track to meet its 2018 targets. However, several key athletes suffered significant injuries or illness in 2015, which highlighted the fragility of the Australia’s Winning Edge plans in these high-risk disciplines.

The key fundamentals of high performance programs are all covered in the priority Olympic disciplines. The major performance support requirements are in place for key current cycle athletes through the NIN. However, there is a risk of gaps emerging in the support of future cycle athletes due to resourcing limitations.

The ‘Spin to Win’ talent transfer project has yielded arguably the best and most consistent range of entry-level talent of any freestyle talent identification project. However, funding for this program is uncertain beyond 2016.

The NSW Institute of Sport acrobatic facility at Thredbo is now fully operational and is of significant benefit for a number of the sport programs. The new half pipe and water jump facility projects have experienced delays. Once completed, these facilities will significantly enhance training opportunities for athletes in priority disciplines.

Governance

Given its unique structure, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia continued to work with the ASC in 2015 to determine how to best apply relevant sections of the MSGP.

2015 benchmark event // world championships (combined)

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold2 silver 1 bronze 1 total 4

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // world cup events

Medal target: 1-3

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