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Total investment 2016-17: $2,120,078 (high performance: $767,600; high performance - para $934,478; participation $325,000; other $93,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 81% 

The new Thredbo acrobatic centre is fully operational and benefiting athletes in the freestyle sport programs.

The ‘Spin to Win’ talent transfer project has unearthed arguably the best and most consistent range of entry level talent of any freestyle talent identification project. The challenge for Ski and Snowboard Australia and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia is how to continue this program once funding ceases. There is also a risk that limited resourcing has opened gaps in the support of pathway athletes.

The key athletes achieved their objectives in 2016, with results in nominated world cup events at the top end of the target range. This set up an outstanding 2016–17 season in which Australian athletes won five World Championship medals and a record 34 World Cup medals in Olympic disciplines. The challenge is to continue this good momentum over the coming months leading into the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

In Paralympic disciplines the total medal results exceeded the top end of the target range. These performances continued into 2016–17 season in which alpine skier Mitchell Gourley won the men’s standing super-combined world title and snowboarder Joany Badenhorst won two world championship bronze medals.

Governance commentary

Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) has addressed a number of principles pertaining to the board composition and operation, including improving the gender balance of the board and the members of the Audit and Risk Committee. Further updates to their constitution, including the maximum terms for directors, would result in further compliance with the principles. SSA would benefit from undertaking an externally facilitated board evaluation in 2017.

2016 Benchmark event // Various world cup events

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 1 silver 1 bronze 1 total 3

2016 Benchmark event // Various para world cup events

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 0 silver 3 bronze 3 total 6

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