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Inaugural AIS Coach and Athlete Forum a resounding success

Matthew Mitcham, Anna Meares and Liz Ellis catch up at the AIS Coach and Athlete Forum in Canberra.

19 Nov 2015

AIS Director Matt Favier said the inaugural AIS Coach and Athlete Forum was so well received by attendees and sporting organisations that it would now become a regular event.

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

“Due to the success of the inaugural forum, we at the AIS look forward to holding this event on a regular basis.

The forum was designed specifically for Australia’s podium and podium-potential athletes and coaches to share their experiences, and expand their leadership capability.

“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 wanted 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, provided the perfect conduit for coaches and athletes to learn.”
Athletes attending the conference included Australian cyclists Anna Meares, Jack Bobridge, Glenn O’Shea and Alex Edmonson, cycling coach Gary West, decorated hockey coach Ric Charlesworth, diver Matthew Mitcham, skier Laura Peel, boxer Shelley Watts and Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning. Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis was the MC at the forum.

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

Australian track cycling champion Anna Meares was confident the experience would be beneficial for the Australian sports sector.

“We have some of the most successful athletes in the world in Australian high performance programs in association with the AIS and, as a result of that, some of the best coaches in the world.

“To share our experiences as individuals and as a collective is really important and can only boost our teams in the future,” Meares said.

Read more about the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership or Personal Excellence.

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