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 focus, the AIS will develop a Green and Gold project into London 2012. The Australian Sports Commission’s website reports that:

  • The Green and Gold project will see the Australian Sports Commission reallocate resources to provide targeted investment into Olympic sport where it will make the difference.
  • It will enable our athletes the best possible training and preparation.
  • It is about our athletes having better access to training, coaching, sport science and resources and facilities.
  • The Australian Government’s goal is to increase our chances of medals at the London 2012 Games and ensure Australian athletes remain the envy of the world.

The Minister’s Media Centre did not have a copy of the speech at its website on 31 January and there were no links from the Australian Sports Commission’s website either. I hope to post links to the speech when it becomes available as it is a major policy initiative for Australian sport. (Postscript: Senator Arbib released information about the Green and Gold funding on 2 February.)

This is the year in which the AIS celebrates 30 years of existence. It celebrates at a time when the findings of the Crawford Report, the Government’s response to the Report (under a different Sport Minister, Kate Ellis) and discussions about the integrity of sport (report available here) are being re-focused under the direction of a new Minister for Sport.

Photo Credits

London Olympic Stadium

Olympic Park

The Australian Government's Response to the Crawford Report: Some Additional Information

I posted news on 12 May of the Australian Government’s response to the Crawford Report. This post adds to that post.

This is a Wordle visualisation of Australian Sport: The pathway to success:

Wordle generates word clouds. These clouds “give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text”. Here are some clouds formed by the separate chapters of the response.

Chapter 1: Sport in Australia

Chapter 2: Increasing Participation

Chapter 3: Strengthening Pathways

Chapter 4: Striving for Success

Responses to Recommendations

The Pathway to Success has three strands:

1. Increasing participation

  • Boosting child participation: delivery of a national sport and education strategy that embeds quality sport and physical education in schools.
  • Supporting NSO actions: funding to support NSOs to expand participation at a community level and requirement to deliver improved participation outcomes as part of their funding agreements with the Commission. Funding will also be provided to selected NSOs to deliver direct financial assistance to support their community clubs to implement participation programs.
  • Supporting people and athletes with a disability.
  • Breaking down barriers to women and girls participation.
  • Building places to play.

2. Strengthening Pathways

  • Building a bigger and better pool of volunteers, coaches and officials for sport to assist NSOs to build capacity to deliver.
  • Talent Identification and Development: support for aspiring Australian athletes.
  • Boosting Development
  • Athlete Contribution: volunteer at local community sporting clubs or junior sport programs.

3. Striving for Success

  • Boosting international competition.
  • Supporting and retaining high performance coaches and officials.
  • Supporting high performance athletes.
  • Reforming Australia’s high performance delivery system.
  • Boost research and innovation.


Alexis Lebedew revisited the Striving for Success section of the Pathway Response and came up with this visualisation without the words ‘Australia’, ‘Australia’s’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sporting’:

The Australian Government's Response to the Crawford Report: 11 May 2010

I have been following the work of the Independent Panel and its report on Australian sport (the Crawford Report). Yesterday the Australian Government published the Policy document Australian Sport: Pathway to Success and noted on the Panel website:

This is the front cover of the Policy document:

An electronic version of the Policy document can be found at this link.

The document is twenty-three pages in length. The response to David Crawford’s Report starts on page 11 of Australian Sport: Pathway to Success and concludes on page 23. In these pages the Government sets out its support (or otherwise) for the Crawford Report recommendations.

One recommendation that did not receive the Government’s support was the recommendation that:

Consistent with the Australian Sports Commission’s leadership role, it should not be involved in service delivery. Those activities that give the Australian Sports Commission a ‘conflict’ with the other organisations it is supposed to deal with and support should be taken away from it. Specifically, the Australian Institute of Sport should be separated from the Australian Sports Commission (…) and the Active After-school Communities program should be contracted out to appropriate providers at agreed performance standards.

Australian Sport: Pathway to Success notes (page 13):

Following consultation with Australian sport the Australian Government has received strong feedback from national and peak sporting organisations that they do not support the separation of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). In line with this feedback the Australian Government will focus on delivering stronger alignment between the AIS and the state and territory institutes and academies of sport in partnership with state and territory governments to support better co-ordination and reduce duplication, rather than supporting separation at this time. The Australian Government considers that the Australian Sports Commission is best placed at this stage to ensure an effective and consistent national delivery of the Active After-school Communities program.

I am looking forward to reading the Policy document in detail and the news about funding contained in the Federal Budget statement.