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Total investment 2016-17:$8,740,921 (high performance: $7,465,021; high performance — para $634,500; participation $546,400; other $95,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 59% 

Once again, the Australian Sailing Team delivered a very strong overall performance at the 2016 Olympic Games with four medals from seven events. The team won one gold and three silver medals and recorded two top 10 finishes.

The three lead coaches of the team provide leadership and direction to their athletes and other up-and-coming coaches with the program. The commitment of these coaches in their pursuit of success sets a great platform for all 10 Olympic classes.

Despite fewer overall gold medals in Rio compared to London, the four medals were considered to be on track. Australia won the most medals of any sailing nation and four Olympic rookies won medals, showing both the relative strength of the program and a viable pathway for developing athletes.

The preparation and work done by the wider team to gather the information on Rio weather, tides and environment contributed to the team’s overall performances.

Governance commentary

Australian Sailing is largely compliant with the Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. Over the previous 12 months it has undertaken significant governance and business reform, improved the gender balance of its board and has introduced reporting bands of administration expenses including key management personnel. Australian Sailing would benefit from undertaking a board evaluation in 2017 and continue to develop its integrity framework, with particular attention given to the training and education that underpins its policy documents.


2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 3-5

Actual: gold 1 silver 3 bronze 0 total 4

2016 Benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 2 silver 1 bronze 0 total 3

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