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Top level athletes and coaches to meet at world leading forum

Matthew Mitcham
Diver Matthew Mitcham will be at the AIS Coach and Athlete Forum.

06 Nov 2015

Some of Australia’s greatest athletes, including Anna Meares and Matthew Mitcham, are among a group of more than 100 of the country’s top coaches and athletes who will meet at a unique forum at the AIS next week.

AIS Director Matt Favier said the first ever AIS Coach and Athlete Forum (November 11-12) has been designed specifically for Australia’s podium and podium potential athletes and coaches to share their experiences, and expand their leadership capability.

“This is the first time a get-together of this nature, where the world of high performance coaches and athletes is the primary vehicle for learning, has ever happened,” Favier said.

“Under Australia’s Winning Edge strategy the AIS has sharpened its focus on developing coaches and leaders in the sport sector through the new AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leaders.

“We want athletes and coaches from all different sports to get together and exchange ideas experiences and performance insights.

“The centre, in partnership with the AIS’ athlete-focused Personal Excellence section, has provided the perfect conduit for coaches and athletes to learn. This forum brings the two groups together for the first time.

“We hope the forum pushes coaches and athletes to deeply think about how they are contributing to the individual and collective challenges of high performance sport.”

Others attending the conference include Australian cyclists Jack Bobridge, Glenn O’Shea and Alex Edmonson, cycling coach Gary West, decorated hockey coach Ric Charlesworth, and Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.

There are also representatives from AFL and NRL clubs along with delegates from athletics, canoeing, swimming, rowing, netball, basketball, gymnastics, boxing and surfing.

Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis will MC the forum and said the unique concept would be beneficial for the Australian sports sector.

“This is great initiative and the sort of thing I really wish we had when I was playing,” she said.

“There’s so much athletes and coaches can learn from each other and forums like this provide an excellent environment for that to happen.”

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