Sideline Champions


Champion: /noun/ someone who vigorously supports a cause or person


The Sideline Champions program acknowledges, celebrates and supports the champions in an athletes' life as they prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and beyond.

Parents, partners and significant others experience every joyful and heartbreaking moment alongside their athlete with the intensity as if they were competing.

As a joint initiative between Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), this official program is focused on supporting and raising awareness of the role the family and significant others have in the support network of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team athletes.In th

The Sideline Champions program recognises the athletes’ significant others as key contributors along their journey towards peak performance.  It aims to assist the performance and enhance the Games experience of athletes by raising awareness of how to be an effective support person and providing an opportunity for athletes to celebrate the role key people have in their lives.

Stages of Support:

Aug 2017 - Mar 2018
  • Team Processing Sessions
  • eNews and updates
During Games
Apr 2018
  • Sideline Champions Lounge
  • Celebratory events
Post Games
May 2018 - Jul 2018
  • Post benchmark event awareness, education and support
  • eNews

Measuring Impact of the Program:

To analyse and measure the impact of the Sideline Champions program, CGA and AIS will be collecting data from parents, partners and significant others before, during and post Games. The information will be held securely and it will be analysed by a 3rd party.

If you are an Sideline Champion of an athlete vying for selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games or they have already achieved selection, you will receive the survey link at the Sideline Champions Pre Games Processing Sessions and/or remotely via email and the monthly Sideline Champions monthly eNewsletter.

Contact Point:

If you would like to receive the information that was delivered at the Sideline Champions Pre Games Team Processing Sessions or simply have a question, please email

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