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Surf life saving

Total investment 2014–15: $952,000 (high performance: $200,000; participation: $411,600; other: $340,400)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 4%
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has been rated as progressing. After being defeated as overall point-score champions for the first time at the 2012 world championships, SLSA put in place a focused campaign for 2014. This was part of a restructure of the high performance program, including a new high performance team.

Although the target of winning the world championships was not achieved, post-event analysis has shown a significant reversal of downwards performance trends and a narrowing of the gap. The establishment of  a more structured system — along with the success of the junior team in 2014 — augers well for Australia to achieve the target of being the number one nation in 2016.

SLSA remains a key player in the talent transfer of athletes into the Olympic pathway for canoeing and open water swimming, with policy agreements and programs in place that will achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

SLSA has continued to improve its governance following a major external review in 2012. When benchmarked against other Australia’s Winning Edge sports, SLSA has shown to be comparable to other sports. With continued improvements it will further meet benchmark standards.

2014 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 1 bronze 0 total 1

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