Athletics must act: ASC Chair John Wylie
23 Mar 2015
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM said the recent Independent Review of Athletics in Australia led by John Buchanan has highlighted the need for structural reform in the sport.
The ASC has released its full response to the review. The key theme of the report – ONESPORT – is strongly endorsed by the ASC as critical to a thriving sport into the future.
“Athletics is important to Australia as one of our core elite sports, and also as a sport through which many Australians acquire valuable lifelong athletic, motor and coordination skills,” Mr Wylie said.
“The Australian Sports Commission is committed to seeing athletics prosper and grow in Australia, and to this end is investing more than $8-million this year across the sport."
"The Buchanan ‘One Sport’ Review identifies many challenges currently facing the sport, and makes a range of suggestions as to how to address them, the broad thrust of which is fully supported by the ASC.
“In the ASC's view, change and improvement in the sport will only occur if all parts of the Australian athletics community put aside historical differences and sectional interest and work together towards the "ONESPORT" goal laid down in the report.
“Given these systemic historic issues in athletics, the review is in the ASC's view excessively personal in parts in its focus on the current and immediate past leadership of Athletics Australia (AA).
“Change cannot be driven by AA alone, but will require the full cooperation and support of Australian Little Athletics, AA's member associations, coaches associations, athlete representatives and leading individuals in the sport."
The ASC thanks John Buchanan and his panel members for their effort in producing the review and for their commitment to helping the sport of athletics in Australia grow and improve.