National Athlete Pathways Workshops
In 2016–17 more than 170 people attended AIS Winning Pathways Workshops. Participants came from national sporting organisations, states institutes and regional academies of sport, universities and state departments of sport and recreation. These facilitated workshops focused on creating and strengthening partnerships across the sector to improve the pathway for athletes to develop from grassroots to the elite level. These forums provided opportunity for the sharing of information, best practice and practical solutions in the areas of talent identification and development and highlighted a number of examples where system partners were working in partnership for the benefit of athletes.
Commonwealth Games Australia/AIS dAIS Program
The AIS and CGA established a new partnership that resulted in the CGA contributing $2 million to directly assist athletes in their preparations for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In 2016–17 CGA funding was distributed to more than 250 athletes from 20 sports. This included 90 new emerging athletes who would not have received dAIS funding otherwise. In addition the AIS and CGA partnership has identified a number of initiatives and areas where both organisations are working together to support the preparation of Australian athletes and teams in the lead up to and during the Games.
Launched in November 2016, myAISbasecamp is an online, interactive program that provides fun and challenging physical sessions and educational courses to ensure emerging athletes, reach their full sporting potential. The program was developed to address a number of gaps in the athlete pathway including a decline in physical literacy, high levels of musculoskeletal injury, high levels of dropout and poor practice of the required athlete and lifestyle skills. The platform has been custom-designed to appeal to the athletes through its innovative learning environment and community, recognition of competency on completion of modules, video tips from international-level athletes and inclusion of educational resources. A key target of the strategy are athletes located in rural and remote communities where access to specialist sport services is limited.