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Water Polo

Total investment 2015-16: $3,595,000 (high performance: $3,385,000; participation $165,000; other $45,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 56% 

Water Polo Australia is rated as on track across both the women’s and men’s programs. Continued focus on athlete development and ongoing exposure to high-level competition has enabled both programs to ensure they have quality athletes in both national squads capable of meeting performance targets for the Rio Olympic Games.

The 2015 world championships were in Kazan, Russia, in August. While the final placing of both teams was disappointing — fourth for the Stingers (women) and eighth for the Sharks (men) — there were some standout performances from both teams during the tournament. These results and post-event reviews have identified adjustments required and have helped focus preparations for Rio.

Water Polo Australia’s appointment of a pathway manager illustrates that identifying and targeting future athletes and coaches is a priority for the organisation.

Governance

Water Polo Australia is progressing with its governance and reform has been working to make the necessary changes in line with MSGP. The organisation has begun a board evaluation and appointed an independent, external CA or CPA onto the audit and risk committee. Following the completion of the board evaluation, Water Polo Australia should implement the key recommendations.

2015 benchmark event // world championships (men)

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved: Y

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships (women)

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: 0–1

Non-medal target: place 4th–8th

2016 Paralympic  benchmark event // Olympic Games (women)

Medal target: 1

 

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