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Total investment 2014–15: $5,086,000 (high performance: $4,700,000; high performance – para: $225,000; participation: $108,000; other: $53,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 70%
Australian Canoeing has been rated as progressing (Olympic) and on track (Paralympic). Canoe slalom met its Australia’s Winning Edge target with a gold medal in the women’s K1 event at the world championships, which was complemented by a promising fifth place in the men’s event. However, beyond these performances — and an Olympic qualifying standard in the men’s C1 — few athletes met their targets/expectations at this event.

The sprint program fell short of its Australia’s Winning Edge targets for the 2014 world championships. There were nonetheless some valuable lessons learnt and positive results by younger athletes, including  a silver medal for a new men’s K2 1000 combination and an impressive performance by a new women’s K2 combination, which is closing in on the podium. The sport believes it is on target for its Rio 2016 goals, but achieving this will require a great deal of work.

Australian Canoeing has made significant cultural shifts this year, particularly in the areas of planning, assessment and review. This includes close athlete monitoring after acknowledging that a tighter focus and rigor around operations is needed to win medals in Rio.

Para-canoe will make its debut in Rio as the sport continues to grow worldwide. Two debutants at the 2014 world championships secured medals in Paralympic events (gold and a bronze), with five of the six team members improving and/or exceeding expectations. This was preceded by a successful joint training camp with the able-bodied sprint team at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese, Italy. The final para- canoe program for Rio 2016 poses a threat to Australian medal chances, with the V1 event being replaced by another kayak event in which Australian Canoeing is untested.

The sport has begun a process to adopt company limited by guarantee status, including changes to its constitution which will align it to the ASC’s mandatory sports governance principles (to be adopted by July 2015). Australian Canoeing recently undertook a board and executive performance review, which has provided a set of recommendations to achieve better practice in its governance system. With the adoption of these recommendations and the new constitution, Australian Canoeing will move closer to achieving compliance against the governance principles.

2014 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 2 to 4

Actual: gold1 silver 1 bronze 0 total 2

2014 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1 to 2

Actual: gold1 silver 0 bronze 1 total 2


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