ASC statement on the Wood Review of Cycling Australia
The Wood Review into Cycling Australia handed down on 14 January 2013 provides an important opportunity for the sport of cycling. Given Australia’s history of international cycling success, across all of its disciplines, Cycling Australia can use this opportunity to create a stronger and more successful future. Importantly, the Wood Review also creates an opening for all sports to enhance their operations.
The response of Senator Lundy today, that announced the Government’s full support of the review recommendations, also confirmed the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) engagement as a key partner to assist Cycling Australia to implement the steps required to rebuild confidence in the sport and enable its ongoing success.
ASC Chair, Mr John Wylie AM, noted the importance of this review for Cycling Australia but also for sport more broadly.
‘I am pleased that the full recommendations of this important review will be implemented across cycling and Government,’ said Wylie.
‘As I noted last year in the announcement of the Australia’s Winning Edge strategy, good governance is a critical factor for the future success of all sports and a non-negotiable expectation of publically funded organisations from the ASC.
‘The Australian Government is a significant investor in the sport of cycling, with an investment of $7.3 million in 2012/13 alone. Continued investment of public funds will require progress against the recommendations in the Wood Review.
‘Quality leadership, strong organisational culture and an unwavering stance on retaining ethics and integrity in sport are fundamental to being a high performing sporting organisation and the Commission is focussed on improving the standard of governance across all sports to ensure ongoing success and sustainability.
‘The Commission will work closely with Cycling Australia and its Board to implement the changes identified to modernise their governance and administration, improve their support and education of athletes and staff, and provide leadership to their sport and its disciplines.’