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Weightlifting

Total investment 2015-16: $412,600 (high performance: $362,600; participation $50,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 41% 

The Australian Weightlifting Federation’s high performance program is rated as progressing.

Australia won two silver medals at the 2015 men’s benchmark event, the Commonwealth Championships, and other newcomers to the squad also performed well. A key athlete was unavailable to compete in the event due to health reasons, which hindered efforts to meet the overall performance target of three medals.

The women’s team was unable to achieve their targets at the 2015 IWF World Championships, however results were overall significantly better than those of the 2014 world championships team. This is

a positive step and demonstrates an increasing standard of Australian women’s weightlifting. The federation’s program has seen many positive shifts over the past year, including the recruitment of a high performance coordinator. This will help maintain high standards and provide support to the CEO in developing a long-term, sustainable high performance program. The federation has also rationalised its list of categorised athletes to better allocate resources and all categorised athletes now have monitored individual performance plans in place. Over the next year the federation will formalise its high performance coaching structures, finalise governance and decision-making arrangements for the high performance panel and implement athlete and coaching monitoring systems within a decentralised environment.

Governance

The Australian Weightlifting Federation has continued to work towards adopting the MSGP and performs well when benchmarked against Australia’s Winning Edge sports. It has increased female representation on its board, meeting the required 40 per cent target. The federation must continue to work on building its governance systems and policies to address crucial integrity and sports science and sports medicine principles.

2015 benchmark event // // Commonwealth Championships (men)/world championships (women)

Medal target: 3

Actual: gold 0 silver 2 bronze 0 total 2

Non-medal target: N

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Non-medal target: place 9th–14th (x2)

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