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Gymnastics

Total investment 2016-17: $3,154,322 (high performance: $2,254,322; participation $816,000; other $84,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 28% 

2016 was a challenging year for Gymnastics Australia. Australia’s inability to qualify a women’s artistic team or any men’s artistic individuals for the Rio Olympic Games was disappointing, and below the sport’s expectations.

Throughout the past Olympic cycle, Australia has been unable to keep pace with the significant improvement in the international standard of gymnastics performance. In an attempt to address this, Gymanstics undertook a number of initiatives, including the centralisation of the men’s program into Canberra and a change in management model with State Institute partners.

Prior to the Rio Olympics, Gymnastics undertook an independent review of its high performance program. The Gymnastics Australia board accepted the report from the independent review, which focussed on raising the quality of coaching and building the capability of clubs to produce world-class athletes. Gymnastics has commenced a significant refreshing of its coaching and leadership team, including the appointment of an internationally renowned women’s national coach, and revised national strategy to prioritise high performance coaching and club development.

During 2016, Gymnastics concentrated on redesigning the national approach to high performance program, with a change of focus to emphasise the development of both coach capability and athlete resilience for the Tokyo cycle and beyond. A key objective for the cycle is to transition to a club-based model for the provision of the daily performance environment for world-class athletes. The cycle will also see new people in key leadership positions, including national performance director, women’s national coach (appointed February 2017), and the head coaches of both the Perth (appointed January 2017) and Melbourne (appointed May 2017) national centres of excellence.

Governance commentary

Gymnastics Australia is performing well in adopting the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It has updated its constitution to address the minimum number of board meetings and CEO appointment to the board. Gymnastics has made significant progress in adopting and implementing the anti-doping principles, however further work needs to be done to become compliant with the sports science and sports medicine principles. Gymnastics is conducting a board evaluation in 2017.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: N

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