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Australian Paralympic Committee managed sport

Total investment 2014–15: $5,125,000 — this includes $2,520,522 for APC operations,
$300,000 for classification activities, $400,000 for DAS (retained by ASC), $1,664,478 for Paralympic sports managed by the APC and $240,000 in other funding.

In addition, $4,358,125 is provided to the APC to fund the 12 mainstreamed Paralympic sports (see individual sport reports).

As well as overseeing the preparation of the Australian team for the Paralympic Games and delivery of cross-sector programs, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) directly manages five high performance programs:

  • Wheelchair rugby — 2014 saw the Australian team win the world title in a well-planned campaign. The program continues to be reviewed regularly to ensure continued improvement; its use of research and innovation continues to lead the way in wheelchair sports and contributes greatly to the program’s success.
  • Powerlifting — the powerlifting program’s results in 2014 indicate the sport is unlikely to contribute to Australia’s Paralympic Games medal targets in 2016. There are currently few international  athletes in the system, the high performance pathway is not sufficient to increase the depth of athletes, and the program is poorly resourced.
  • Boccia — the sport made good progress in developing its high performance program during 2014.   This included establishing a well-supported high performance training centre for key athletes through a partnership between the APC, University of Queensland and Cerebal Palsy Alliance in NSW. While boccia only has a narrow prospect of contributing to the 2016 medal targets, there is a development strategy in place for 2020.
  • Goalball — the Australian women’s goalball team finished equal 9th at the 2014 world championships. The sport’s results in 2014 indicate it is unlikely to contribute to Australia’s medal targets in 2016. Considerable work is required on underpinning structures to ensure the sport can achieve high performance outcomes at future Games.
  • Winter sports — at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games the Australian team finished 19th, with two bronze medals. While this was within the expected total of 2–5 medals, it was at the low end of the range. The Australian team did not achieve the predicted one gold medal. Following a detailed Australia’s Winning Edge performance case review, the AIS considers a target of 1–2 gold and 5–7 total medals is achievable for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Building the number of high performance athletes in the Australian system is a key action for the 2018 Games cycle.


The APC has been slow to adopt governance reform identified 12 months ago. While there has been agreement to adopt a number of areas within the ASC’s mandatory sports governance principles, there is much work to be done achieving governance reform.

Wheelchair rugby — 2014 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

Boccia — 2014 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved:N

Goalball — 2014 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships (women)

Medal target: 0 to 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Winter sports — 2014 Paralympic benchmark event  // Paralympic Winter Games

Medal target: 2 to 5

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 2 total 2

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