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Diving

Total investment 2016-17: $2,238,195 (high performance: $2,091,195; participation: $50,000; other: $97,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 80% 

In Rio, Diving won a bronze medal in the 3m women synchro pair (Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith), achieving the lower end of their Rio medal targets. This performance was backed up with fifth placings by female divers Keeney (3m) and Melissa Wu (10m), plus a sixth from Esther Qin (3m).

During 2016, Diving Australia continued to operate and support three national training centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide and development training centres in Melbourne and Perth. These centres are well supported by local state and territory institutes and academies of sport, and state associations. This strategy has worked well with all five centres strongly contributing to the Australian Olympic Team and its excellent results.

The five centres increased the number and level of athletes especially in the talent pathway area as new athletes now have improved access to world class coaches. The alignment of these centres will be enhanced by the recent appointment of former USA diving performance director Steve Foley to the role of general manager — performance and pathways. Diving has also recruited coach Adrian Hinchliffe — who coached Britain’s gold medal-winning men’s 3m synchro team in Rio — to lead the Brisbane program.

The AIS-funded Spin to Win program involved talent transfer from Gymnastics Australia and continues to strengthen Diving’s athlete pathways. This initiative is an excellent example of innovation and cross- collaboration between sports for the greater good of Australian sport.

Diving Australia believes the athlete cohort for Tokyo is stronger than post London, with emerging medal-winning young athletes maturing. Similarly, Australia has strong potential in the possible inclusion of mixed synchro and/or high diving for Tokyo.

Governance commentary

Diving Australia is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It has undertaken a board evaluation in the previous 12 months and has implemented key recommendations involving board composition and operation to better align with the principles. Diving should continue to finalise the composition of the audit and risk committee and work towards greater compliance with sports science and sports medicine principles.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 1 total 1

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