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Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

Total investment 2016-17: $2,691,069 (high performance: $2,573,645; other $117,424)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 63%

The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia’s (OWIA’s) main requirements to support its senior high performance programs are now in place, including support from the National Institute Network and high-quality coaching for medal potential athletes in all key snow sport disciplines.

The new Thredbo acrobatic centre is operational and benefiting athletes in the freestyle sport programs.

The ‘Spin to Win’ talent transfer project has unearthed arguably the best and most consistent range of entry level talent of any freestyle talent identification project. The challenge for Ski and Snowboard Australia and the OWIA is how to continue this program into the future. There is also a risk that limited resourcing will hamper support for pathway athletes.

The key athletes achieved their objectives in 2016, with results in nominated world cup events at the top end of the target range. This set up an outstanding 2016–17 season in which Australian athletes won five world championship medals and a record 34 world cup medals in Olympic disciplines. The challenge is to continue this good momentum over the coming months leading into the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Governance commentary

The OWIA is in the process of significant constitutional reform, which will enable greater compliance with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles particularly around the board composition and operational principles. It would benefit from undertaking a board evaluation in 2017 and continuing to develop its integrity framework with particular attention given to the training and education that underpins its policy documents.

2016 Benchmark event // Various world cup events

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 1 silver 1 bronze 1 total 3

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