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Total investment 2016-17: $351,004 (high performance: $351,004)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: Not applicable 

The major focus for 2016 was the Rio Olympic campaign, which delivered two top-eight placings. The team’s performance in Rio was slightly below desired results, with two athletes defeated by eventual silver medallists. In addition to these results, the Rio cycle delivered Australia’s first ever world champion with Carmen Marton winning the 62kg division at the 2013 World Championships. It also included two bronze medals at 2014 Grand Prix for Safwan Khalil.

A review conducted following the 2016 Olympic Games highlighted and reinforced a number of elements that needed to be improved in order for Australia to become a force again in taekwondo. These included the need for an independent coaching director and enhanced performance leadership capacity to support that and other key roles and athletes over an Olympic cycle.

The use of the AIS for camps-based activity, including the support provided by the AIS Combat Centre staff was a positive, with the integration of international teams a real success. However increasing the level of these centralised training opportunities, the exposure to quality international training partners and integrated performance support were identified in the review as critical elements that need further enhancement.

The sport will provide a greater focus on supporting and developing new and existing talent in the coming months, including the review of key categorisation documentation and the development of a national pathway framework.

A merger between competing entities resulted in the ASC again recognising the sport in 2014 under the name Australian Taekwondo. This allowed for recruitment of the CEO and modest high performance investment being reinstated from the 2014–15 financial year to enable support for training and competition for Australia’s priority athletes in the final stages of the 2016 Olympic Games campaign.

Governance commentary

Taekwondo is progressing with its governance and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. The organisation is continuing to progress toward ensuring all parts of the federated structure are working in cohesion and towards a single strategic direction for the sport. It would benefit from undertaking a board evaluation in 2017 and continuing to develop its integrity framework, with particular attention given to the training and education that underpins its policies.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

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