Australia in consultation with its Member Associations and other key stakeholders has developed a strategic plan to lead and guide the sport of athletics in Australia.
In developing this strategic plan we have built on the previous plan (2009 - 2012) and researched, analysed and discussed extensively what we needed to change, add or improve to make this plan relevant for the period 2013 - 2016.
We make special mention of the ongoing support and direction from the Australian Sports Commission as part of this process. Athletics Australia is in a sound financial position with a strong platform of programs and resources to take on the many challenges and opportunities that we face over the next four year cycle.
We are very conscious of our responsibilities to lead the sport from grassroots through to elite level.
We have identified four Key Pillars that form the basis of our all our Strategies:
- High Performance
We have made huge inroads in our High Performance program aligning very closely with the Australian Institute of Sport and the State Institutes of Sport/SAS network in providing the best possible financial support and services for our elite athletes. Our performances at the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships provide an inspiring showcase for our sport, and demonstrate the success of our High Performance Program.
Competitions are an essential part of our sport from Clubs, Little Athletic Centres and Schools right through to our National Series, allowing athletes of all levels to reach their full potential.
Our Participation Plan, which forms an integral part of our overall Strategic Plan, focuses on five key priorities;
· Club Capability
· Junior Programs (U/ 14-20)
· Joint Venture with Little Athletics Australia
· Recreational Running; and
· Targeted groups i) Athletes with a Disability ii) Indigenous Australians (Outback Programme)
Within this Participation Plan we will continue to develop our Australian Coaching Framework and focus on our new Australian Officials Framework.
We acknowledge the need to manage the sport as a business, to adopt best-practice processes and to undertake commercial initiatives in order to deliver a healthy and sustainable sport. The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast gives us a great opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits this will bring the sport of athletics in this country.
Our vision is to deliver athletics as a strong, vibrant sport and we look forward to working with our major partners, the Australian Sports Commission, Members Associations and other key stakeholders in taking on the challenges and maximising the opportunities.
Athletics Australia Chief Executive
ROB FILDES OAM
Athletics Australia President