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Triathlon

Total investment 2015-16: $2,810,000 (high performance: $2,160,000; high performance – para $225,000; participation $425,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 53%  

Triathlon Australia is rated as progressing for the Olympic program, and on track for the Paralympic program. Para-triathlon had a fantastic year exceeding 2015 benchmark event targets by some margin. This was in spite of a restructure of Paralympic classes which included the loss of one class where Australia had a current world champion. The team developed to win three medals in Paralympic events in Chicago, including two gold and one bronze medal.

In able-bodied competition, Triathlon Australia has set lofty goals since the London 2012 Olympic Games, based on a history of podium performances since triathlon was introduced to the Olympics in 2000. Unfortunately this trend has not continued, with Australia unable to achieve a podium finish in a benchmark event since 2013. The men’s section of the sport is improving at the international level from last year, with several young athletes emerging as prospects, arguably for Tokyo 2020 rather than Rio 2016.

Triathlon Australia requested AIS support for a facilitated high performance review after the 2015 benchmark event. Outputs from this review will help guide the organisation’s proposed planning for post-2016, but is unlikely to assist the Rio Olympic campaign. Topics identified include high performance coaching, competition access for athletes below elite level, injury prevention and setting accurate athlete-specific programs at all age levels.

The organisation experienced some management changes in 2015, including a new CEO and a new president who will work closely with the national performance director to deliver new program directions.

With the expansion of Paralympic medal potential athletes, Triathlon Australia will need to closely consider how to support this group with limited resources.

Governance 

Triathlon Australia continues to perform well in aligning with the MSGP. The organisation is working towards a hybrid unified model with some member states looking to merge with the national body.

A unification project working group will complete the final three aspects of this work. Triathlon Australia will look to convene a special general meeting in 2016 where proposed changes in governance will assist future governance improvement.

2015 benchmark event // ITU Series Final Race

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 2 silver 0 bronze 1 total 3

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0–1

Non-medal target achieved: place 4th–8th (x1–2)

2016 Paralympic  benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 1–2

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