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Sport conference sharpens focus on Rio

Lisa Alexander
Lisa Alexander will speak at the #WC2WB conference.

11 Nov 2014

Being competition ready and in the right mindset for the Rio Games in 2016 are the themes of Australia’s third annual high performance sports conference - World Class to World Best.

The conference, which starts on Wednesday, has again attracted acclaimed international speakers including the former chair of UK Sport, Baroness Sue Campbell, and renowned author and change agent Kevin Carroll.

AIS Director Matt Favier said more than 300 delegates would attend the three day conference at the AIS to reflect on another huge year in Australian sport and discuss the campaign to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.

“A pillar of Australia’s Wining Edge strategy, which was launched two years ago, was for the sports sector to join together in pursuit of the exceptional results our nation craves,” he said.

“At its heart was collaboration — sharing knowledge and experience at a level never before seen — so that nothing would be left to chance.

“This conference has an outstanding line-up of presenters and I’m sure anyone who attends will be energized about the importance of being competition ready and in the right mindset for future benchmark events.

“It is for this reason that these two themes will guide our discussions this week.

“A hallmark of the World Class to World Best conferences has been that they provide a great platform for engagement and information sharing and this one will be no different.”

Other key speakers at this year’s conference include decorated former Australian hockey coach Ric Charlesworth, clinical psychologist Corrine Reid, Australian head coaches Jacco Verhaeren (swimming) and Lisa Alexander (netball) award winning film director, writer and producer Natasha Pincus.

The conference runs until Friday and detailed profiles of the keynote speakers can be found here and follow the conference on Twitter #WC2WB.

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