Sideline Champions

Athlete Support and Resources

Elite Athlete Brief Counselling Support Program

The unique challenges of being an elite athlete can test even the greatest of champions. From balancing training with life’s other demands to managing the pressures of high-level competition to dealing with the emotional highs and lows of selection or non-selection, it is by no means easy being an elite athlete.

In most cases, counselling services available through Australian Institute Network (AIN) or National Sporting Organisations (NSO) Sport Psychology and Personal Excellence programs provide effective and appropriate support. However, in circumstances where available resources or expertise are insufficient, 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia long list athletes can access best-fit short-term counselling and psychological services from external practitioners. These referrals will be supported through funds administered by the AIS’ Elite Athlete Brief Counselling Support (EABCS) program.

The EABCS program provides short-term counselling or psychological skill building for performance, mental health/ wellbeing, and career development and transitions for elite athletes.

Note: All requests for funding under this program will be subject to program funding availability.

For further information regarding the EABCS program and to check athlete eligibility please visit the EABCS website

Scholarship and Grants

There is a number of opportunities to apply for funding through the Australian Sports Commission. Alternatively, other funding opportunities are available through Local and State Governments as well as organisations such as the Australian Sports Foundation. Click here for more information.

Active Kids | Office for Sport

If your athlete is an NSW resident and currently enrolled in school or secondary education at TAFE NSW, they may be eligible for the NSW Government's Active Kids $100 voucher. The voucher becomes available as of 31 January 2018. Find out more.