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Surf life saving

High performance 3

Total investment 2013–14: $1,267,000
(high performance: $605,000; participation: $411,600; other: $250,400)
ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 4.9%

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has restructured and renewed its high performance team and strategy. As well as aiming to win the biennial world championships, SLSA has a key role in providing a pathway to Olympic sports such as sprint kayak, rowing and open water swimming. The sport achieved its benchmark result in 2013 by winning the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan.

SLSA undertook a major external organisational review in late 2012 and the board has signed off on all recommendations. The review’s governance recommendations will bring the organisation in line with the ASC’s mandatory governance principles. However, SLSA has retained representative elected directors on its board who are not required to rescind their state-based positions, thus creating the potential for conflicts of interest. This lack of independence is inconsistent with the ASC’s sports governance principles.

The sport’s participation priorities were hindered by the reform work being undertaken at the national level, which led to a significant internal restructure and the turnover of several key staffing positions. The new structure should leave SLSA well placed to make significant gains in the participation area in the coming years.

2013 benchmark event // International Surf Rescue Challenge

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

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