Athletics Australia review update
From the AA website
For the past 12 months Athletics Australia(AA) has been working on a Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 along with its Member Associations and the Australian Sports Commission(ASC).
The High Performance component of the plan culminated with a review, earlier this month, of the last Olympic cycle with stakeholders including representation of coaches and athletes.
As part of the new strategic plan the board approved the 2013 IAAF World Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games selection policies to include both A and B qualification standards, as was the case with the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin at the beginning of the previous Olympic cycle.
Also, a new High Performance Management structure was approved by the AA board establishing a High Performance Advisory Committee which will be made up of CEODallas O’Brien, the AA High Performance Director, AA Head Coach, AA Board member and the AA Paralympic High Performance Manager Andrew Faichney.
The Committee will also include an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) representative and ASC representative.
The High Performance Director position will be responsible for strategy, contracts, selection policy and funding as well as managing the High Performance Department.
Eric Hollingsworth will fill the Head Coach position and he will be tasked with the daily management of national team activities, HP coaches, evaluation of athlete performances and the delivery of performance programs.
O’Brien said: “In effect this is one role being split into two positions which strengthens the management structure and allows us to identify a number of areas we can continue to raise the bar in.
“The thinking behind combining a High Performance Director with a Head Coach is that it allows one role to essentially plan for tomorrow with regards to strategy and policy while the other can focus on today and ensuring performance programs are being fully integrated.
“An important component of all this is the stronger alliance with the AIS. Matt Favier (AIS Director) has played a role in supporting the restructure.
“As such Eric’s new role allows him to further utilise his coaching skills and adding daily support to our athletes and coaches with their preparation across the domestic season, international competitions and major championships. He is currently in Moscow preparing for next year’s Championships and will continue the athlete-to-athlete and coaches reviews over the next two months.”
AIS director Matt Favier added: “Engaging a Performance Director to support the strategic and management functions of the Olympic and Paralympic programs, coupled with a performance management group who will provide oversight and support for the delivery of the performance strategy makes sense for a sport like athletics and is very welcomed.
“The AIS is looking forward to continuing to work closely with Athletics Australia by ensuring that our resources are firmly aligned to the performance aspirations of the sport.”
Rob Fildes, President of Athletics Australia, commented: “I’d like to thank my fellow board members and all involved in this process. I am confident it will take our High Performance team to the next level and continue the good work Eric has started while also enabling him to lead our elite coaches and athletes in his role as Head Coach.”