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Total investment 2016-17: $2,782,000 (high performance: $2,052,000; high performance - para $225,000; participation $450,000; other: $55,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 47%


The Rio Olympic results were below expectation with no athletes achieving a podium result. It was the first Olympic Games in which Australia has not medalled since 2000.

Looking ahead to 2018 and 2020, Triathlon Australia does have some emerging athletes who have achieved success at under-23 level. There has also been a number of changes in the sport’s leadership. An improved solution to the delivery of high performance coaching to Australian athletes has been a key focus post Rio.

Competition access, especially international is reasonable, but necessitates training in Europe for long periods and providing support in overseas locations is a challenge.

Para Triathlon

Para Triathlon made its debut in Rio achieving a gold medal through Katie Kelly.

There has been rapid growth in para triathlon, which the sport has managed well despite the late decision of the classes available in Rio. There has also been an increase in the focus on coaching by pairing each athlete with Triathlon Australia recognised coaches in either direct coaching roles or mentoring.

Accessing international or domestic racing, and daily servicing were challenges over the cycle. Athletes received support via the AIS facilities in Pizzey Park and Canberra as well as from the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane

Governance commentary

Triathlon Australia is progressing with its governance and has continued towards adopting the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It is continuing to develop and implement best practice in anti-doping, anti-match fixing and sports science and sports medicine principles. Triathlon Australia should adopt key changes to the constitution to achieve greater compliance with the principles, including the chair to be elected by the board, and that the CEO cannot be appointed to the board within three years of leaving the role.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

2016 Benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

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