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Total investment 2016-17:$412,600 (high performance: $358,519; participation $50,000; other: $4,081)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 41% 

Weightlifting made a number of positive moves in 2016, including the implementation of an athlete management system within a decentralised environment, as well as rationalising its direct athlete investment into the athletes most likely to succeed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Weightlifting has also activated a review of its coaching structure and will look to implement key recommendations in 2017.

The sport continues to build capability in athletes leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Following strong performances at the Commonwealth Senior Championships in October 2016, as well as current high rankings within the Commonwealth, medal-winning performances are expected at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian Weightlifting Federation recruited experienced high performance coordinator, Brendan Kennedy, to support CEO Michael Keelan in delivering the high performance program leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Weightlifting’s performances at the 2016 Olympic Games were on target with two Top 16 placings — Simplice Ribouem (94kg) — 13th and Tia-Clair Toomey (58kg) — 14th.

Governance commentary

The sport is continuing to perform well against the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It would benefit from undertaking a board evaluation in 2017, which should incorporate a skills audit of current board members. The Australian Weightlifting Federation should continue to develop its integrity framework, with particular attention given to sports science and sports medicine, anti-match-fixing and member protection policies and the training and education that underpins these policy documents.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: -

Non-medal target: Y

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