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Wheelchair tennis

Total investment (Tennis Australia) 2015-16: $1,237,250 (high performance – para $261,250; participation $966,000; other $10,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 1% 

Wheelchair Tennis is rated as on track. The national high performance program made good progress in 2015, meeting performance expectations. Highlights included Dylan Alcott’s Grand Slam singles wins at the Australian and US Opens and his world No. 1 ranking.

The structure of the high performance program has matured and is now well integrated into Tennis Australia’s national strategy, with a good athlete pathway, good athlete monitoring and well-developed support systems.

The program also makes effective use of research and innovation opportunities such as the Australian Paralympic Committee’s seating project, for which Wheelchair Tennis was the pilot sport. The project produced two new playing chairs for priority athletes in 2015.

Governance

A broad range of programs such as Wheelchair Tennis are delivered under the governance structures of Tennis Australia. Tennis Australia has undertaken significant governance reform in 2015 to align with the MSGP and excels when benchmarked against Australia’s Winning Edge sports. Tennis Australia will undertake an external and independent board evaluation in 2016 which will positively impact future governance improvement.

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world rankings

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

Performance target

2016 Paralympic benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0–2

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

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