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A Greg Blood post: The Australian Institute of Sport Story 1981-2013

Introduction Greg Blood has written a blog post to share on Clyde Street. Greg was a librarian at the National Sport Information Centre at the Australian Sports Commission from 1983 to 2011. He has been a voluntary, emeritus researcher at the Institute since 2012. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Australian sport and is a highly regarded sport historian and commentator. He writes regularly for The Roar. In this post, he takes a comprehensive look at the essence of the Australian Institute of Sport in its formative years. I believe this a compelling account and one central to current discussions about a...

What comes after disruption?

I have spent the morning reflecting on Wayne Goldsmith's Facebook post about the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). The introduction to his post includes this observation: It's breaking my heart - and I am outside the Australian system these days - I can't imagine what it must be like to actually work there. I empathise with Wayne's sentiments. I was fortunate to be at the AIS for five years. I came to Australia in 2002 to be part of a vibrant culture that had so impressed me at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. I do think the Sydney Games disrupted world sport and...

Cores and Edges (5)

My Smart Talk presentation, Cores and Edges in High Performance Sport, on Google Slides has received a number of visitors over the last two days. I think this access transforms the opportunities I have in the talk to build upon people's reflections about the content. Today, I have added some data without labels or scales to prompt a discussion about where edges are. I have been thinking about self- and other-referential edges. I have added some blue poles to the start of my presentation to stimulate thoughts about how we locate ourselves in a world of performance. A subsequent slides has an additional two...

Cores and Edges (4)

I have been working on the final part of my AIS Smart Talk presentation. I have been thinking about optimisation. I have added these two slides to trigger thoughts about Week 1 in the Olympic program. The whole program in Rio: Australia's medal tally by day of the program: 22 of Australia's 29 medals at the Games were won in the first eight days of competition.

Cores and Edges (3)

I have completed the draft of my Cores and Edges Smart Talk (to be given at the Australian Institute of Sport on 17 October). I have added speaker notes for each slide and hope the presentation can be self- explanatory. I am hopeful that if those who are coming to the talk have seen the flipped version of the presentation, the conversation we might have will be vibrant after reflection. I am using Google Slides for my presentation and a copy can be found here. The picture for this post is from the Braidwood Times. Lewis Holland and Charlotte Caslick came back to...

Cores and Edges 2

I have been working on a presentation for a Smart Talk at the Australian Institute of Sport on 17 October. I have a structure in place now (48 slides' worth) and have a storyboard slide to summarise my presentation:   I am gradually adding speaker notes to each slide. I am using Google Slides for the presentation and am sharing it production here as a work in progress. My note for the storyboard slide is: This is a storyboard synopsis of my talk. I am hopeful that parallels with the rural fire service, insights from Immanuel Wallerstein and George Kelly will help establish my...

Ecologies in Danger: Part Two

On Saturday I wrote about some parallels I saw between the Australian Sports Commission's (ASC) announcement of The Winning Edge and Tim Flannery's Quarterly Essay. Overnight I have been thinking about the role lifeboat islands play in preserving eco systems and enabling them to flourish. I see further parallels between The Edge and The New Extinction Crisis. In his essay, Tim writes about the work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). In little over a decade the AWC has grown to the point where it manages over 3 million hectares. Its reserves are scattered throughout the nation, with particularly significant holdings in...

Keeping the Green and Gold on the Podium

On 28 January 2011, the Minister for Sport, Senator Mark Arbib, spoke at the inaugural Australian Paralympic Committee President's Sports Lunch. The title of his talk was Keeping the Green and Gold on the Podium. The Australian Sports Commission website provided a summary of the speech and noted that "the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will work closely with sporting organisations and State and Territory Institutes in the areas of high performance leadership and strategy." The renewed focus on the AIS aims to create a network to utilise state sporting institutions more effectively. As part of this changing...

Tripline: From the AIS to the JISS

A month or so ago I came across Tripline. I thought it looked a great resource so I signed up for an account. I am fascinated by cartography and my passion for it was nurtured by an outstanding Geography teacher when I was at the Alun School, Mold (in the 1960s) and by later access to the wonderful work of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. I did not have an opportunity to use Tripline until my trip to Japan. It struck me as a great opportunity to share a journey with colleagues who may travel from the...

#HPRW10: Peter Kean and the benefits of technology roadmaps

Tim Kelly (AIS Performance Research Centre) introduced Peter Kean. Peter's talk outlined and discussed the process of technology roadmapping (TRM) as a tool for collaborative planning that might be of interest to high performance sport. Peter suggested that a TRM is a document that: Summarises a need. Records information available about the identified need that has arisen from some key tends and drivers. Identifies technologies Provides some information for cost/benefit/time trade off discussions Peter noted that TRMs can be developed for a ten-year time scale but acknowledged that high performance sport might have different rhythms:  2012, 2014 and 2016 as increments within a six-year...