The initiative, which aims to restore Australia to a top 5 ranking in the Olympic medal count through a more targeted investment strategy in medal winning sports, has been well received by Australian Canoeing.
AC President, Danielle Woodward, attended the launch in Melbourne and said; “I believe our sport and organisation is ready and well placed to benefit from the Winning Edge approach after our multi medal successes in Beijing and London and our recent progress in developing our organisational structure and capability .
“We are preparing to deliver the sports high performance plan through to 2016 and beyond and welcome the key themes of the Winning Edge including targeted investment in athletes and coaches”, Woodward said.
Australian Canoeing National Performance Director, Richard Fox, said “we aim to draw further on our strong partnerships with the AIS and State Institutes and Academies to support the training and competition environments we need and put a case for additional investment and expertise where it can help deliver results”.
Fox said that, while the sport achieved a gold medal in London in the men’s K4 1000m, it was not all smooth paddling and there is room for improvement.
“We will be looking to increase the level of servicing support to make sure our elite athletes are fit and healthy when they need to be. Our London review shows us that there are still gaps in the system. Collectively, we can do better through improved medical management and monitoring and through increased support for athletes so they are available for quality training, not burning the candle at both ends”.
For canoeing to benefit from The Winning Edge in the long run it will need to prepare a comprehensive performance investment plan to put to the ASC and AIS that also clearly shows AC’s organisational capability, leadership and governance, a talent pipeline and a plan for attracting outside support through commercial partnerships and patronage.
“There is plenty of work to be done and I am sure canoeing will continue to contribute to the nation’s medal count at future Olympic Games and World Championships”, Woodward said.