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Message from the ASC CEO Simon Hollingsworth

Australian Sports Commission ASC CEO Simon Hollingsworth
ASC CEO Simon Hollingsworth.

10 Jul 2013

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to the AIS European Training Centre in Varese, Italy. Along with AIS Director Matt Favier and ASC Chair John Wylie, it was a great opportunity for us to catch up with staff and athletes, outline what’s happening back home with Australia’s Winning Edge, and check out the sporting facilities.

The ETC is an impressive facility — available for our national sporting organisations (NSOs) to use as a European base — and the trip has certainly left me energised as we launch into the second half of what has been an eventful 2013 for Australian sport.

The main event of the last month has been the announcement that we have a new Minister for Sport, Senator Don Farrell, who replaces Senator Kate Lundy. The ASC has started the process of engaging with Senator Farrell and his office, and we are looking forward to working with him in the future.

Another significant development has been the Senate Committee inquiry looking into sports science practices in Australia. The AIS provided a submission and appeared before the committee during the inquiry. The final report is due to be released on 10 July. 

Finally, in a sign that the AIS facilities will continue to play host to sporting excellence as we implement Australia’s Winning Edge, the last few weeks have seen many sports teams onsite. The list includes the Matildas, the British Lions (just before their upset loss to the Brumbies) and the Opals, with Basketball Australia recently announcing the AIS as its National Centre of Excellence. 

With everything that is happening here in Canberra, hopefully you’ll get a chance to visit us soon — and in the process duck in to George Gregan’s latest GG Espresso outlet.

Simon Hollingsworth

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