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Total investment 2016-17: $6,648,614 (high performance: $4,622,364; high performance - para $1,021,250; participation $950,000; other $55,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 59%

Basketball Australia’s review of its high performance program is helping consolidate structural reforms and the appointment of key leadership positions in the sport.

The men’s team performed outstandingly at the Rio Olympic Games to narrowly miss a medal, showcasing the improvement of individual athletes and the team across the four years of the Olympic cycle. The commitment of athletes and staff to best prepare for the Games contributed to their performances. The athletes’ commitment to team preparation, even when engaged in NBA finals, reflected the cohesiveness of the group and positive culture the squad developed over the cycle. The underpinning programs and the connection and exposure of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence staff and athletes to the Boomers staff and style of play provided significant learning and development opportunities.

The women’s team fell short of expectations in Rio by finishing fifth. Subsequently, Basketball Australia conducted a review of the campaign and identified actions for its Tokyo cycle high performance planning.

There are positive signs for the future with international performances over the cycle delivering a bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup, gold at under-17 world championships, bronze at under-19 world championships and a gold medal at the World University Games. The progression of coaches involved in the program over the four years has been significant and the exposure of a number of new and different coaches to the international arena has been positive.

The world champion men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, was unable to achieve the expected Paralympic Games medal when it bowed out of the competition in the quarter-finals. The team faced an ever-improving USA team, a more game-experienced Great Britain, and the rise of teams such as Spain and Turkey. However, there is a good depth of athletes underpinning the Rollers for the Tokyo cycle.

The engagement with the wider Basketball community has been positive and will continue to provide opportunities for wheelchair basketball.

The women’s team, the Gliders, did not qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games. Since then, a number of changes have occurred within the program. Plans are in place for the program’s future, including closer relationships with state institutes and academies of sport to ensure effective daily training environment support for athletes.

Governance commentary

Over the past 12 months, Basketball Australia has improved the gender balance on its board and progress has been made on all parts of the federation working in cohesion to achieve strategic outcomes. The board completed an ASC-facilitated board evaluation and should continue to implement the recommendations. Basketball should also work towards adopting national unified behaviours.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: -

Non-medal target: Y

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games (women)

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

2016 Benchmark event // Paralympic Games (men)

Medal target: 0

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total Y

2016 Benchmark event // Paralympic Games (women)

Medal target: 1 (did not qualify)

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

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