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Total investment 2016-17: $857,500 (high performance: $807,500; participation $50,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 68% 

Australian athletes won two medals (in non-Olympic divisions) in 2016 at the Women’s World Championships, a gold medal at the 2016 World Youth Championships and there were strong medal performances at a number of other quality international events. Unfortunately, outside medal prospects at the 2016 Olympic Games were not realised.

Australia had three competitors at the 2016 Olympic Games, however performance outcomes were slightly below expected with all athletes unable to progress beyond the round of 16.

Boxing Australia’s female athlete cohort is stronger and deeper than it has been previously, however, challenges remain in keeping male boxers in the sport following Olympic or Commonwealth Games campaigns.

The daily performance environments of key athletes are highly variable, with some in need of enhancement to deliver the performance support necessary to achieve high performance outcomes. Significant work has been completed in the pathways area with Boxing Australia-led state-based talent identification programs and increased camps-based activity delivered through the AIS.

Positive competition outcomes have been achieved over the Rio Olympic four-year cycle with two gold and one silver medal achieved at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Australia’s first ever female world championship medals achieved in 2016 (in non-Olympic divisions) and three athletes qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through Asia. Junior and youth world championship medal outcomes were also achieved, most recently a gold at the 2016 World Youth Championships.

Governance commentary

Boxing Australia has continued to work towards adopting the Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It has increased engagement with stakeholders around the planning and review process for strategic matters in the last 12 months. Boxing needs to improve the gender balance of its board and should continue to achieve greater compliance with the principles pertaining to board composition and operation.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: -

Non-medal target: N

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