The triathlon refresh process was overseen by a nine-person Project Steering Group (PSG) chaired by AIS.
The refresh process assessed Triathlon Australia’s (TA) high performance and course strategy, evidence base, performance history and trajectory over multiple Games cycles. It was informed by comprehensive intelligence gathering and stakeholder consultation, including the AIS athlete welfare health check, Tokyo Games team debriefing as well as input from the triathlon community. through an independently facilitated process, gathering feedback from a wide range of stakeholders across sport. .
PSG recognized the positive steps taken by TA ahead of the Tokyo Games, which were identified as key to future success. These included securing increased investment in AIS Pathways, establishing the Podium Center, and making progress in strengthening and re-establishing key partnerships with the National Institute Network (NIN).
The results of the refresh process also included:
High performance strategy
The triathlon high performance strategy was reviewed as part of the refresh process, with support for the sport’s increased emphasis on the technical direction of training in the high performance program and the prioritization of paratriathlon performance with 11 medal-winning events at Paris 2024.
Evidence-Based Performance Pathways Strategy
Recognition of a strong evidence base, including modeling what it takes to win triathlon, which underpins TA’s long-term performance journey strategy. Recognition of TA’s strong NIN partnerships and growth in investments in the Pathway program over the past 18 months.
High performance environments
Triathlon has received support for the continued creation and development of world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments through the Podium Center and camp-based Paratriathlon Center, as well as performance centers focused on course in partnership with the NIN.
Following the conclusion of the refresh process, the AIS approved TA’s High Performance and Course Strategy and confirmed the High Performance investment in triathlon for the program leading up to Paris 2024.
An updated implementation plan has also been approved by PSG to be carried out in 2022, including a transition to a new high performance organizational structure, which reflects the agreed high performance strategy.
TA’s high performing workforce will operate under five key performance functions in the new structure: Paralympic Performance; Olympic performances; performance pathways and athlete development; Well-being & Commitment; and performance support.
The structure will further focus and prioritize Paralympic performance, and increase the technical leadership of coaches across the Olympic program, while elevating wellness and engagement as a function of senior leadership. Following consultation with staff, the new structure will take effect immediately and recruitment for high performance positions will begin soon, including the Performance Pathway and Athlete Development Manager, Paratriathlon Center and Talent Coach. (both roles funded by AIS Pathways grants) and Campaign Leader (Olympic Program).
TA will also pursue continuous improvement of various annualized high performance processes, policies and frameworks, including the National Athlete Categorization Framework and Wellness and Engagement Framework, applying insights from the refresh process. Revised terms of reference will be established for the Elite Athletes Commission (as per the TA constitution) and the Elite Selection Committee, as well as an expression of interest process for committee members.
TA will continue to share the high performance and pathways strategy with athletes, coaches and the wider community, including through a Pathways roadshow to be hosted in the coming months.
The progress of Refresh implementation actions will be reviewed by the PSG with a progress review taking place in September 2022.
Triathlon Australia President Michelle Cooper is confident in the results of Triathlon’s Refresh and in the sport’s ability to deliver a culture of sustainable performance.
“Refresh was an opportunity to take a holistic look at our high performance program and critically assess what is in place, as well as opportunities to strengthen our performance culture, taking into account the contributions of our performance network, coaches, athletes and the community,” Cooper said.
“We are delighted to have approved, through this process with PSG and independent experts, our evidence-based performance and journey strategy, as well as an agreed high performance structure to ensure that we are best placed to execute our strategy.
“Through TA’s new performance structure and functions, we have further enhanced Paralympic performance support and our commitment to wellness and engagement. We will also continue to focus on attracting and retaining world-class coaches and individuals, and increasing training opportunities through our system partnerships.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, staff and members of the triathlon community for their commitment and feedback throughout this important process.
“These are exciting times for triathlon, we have a green and gold decade ahead of us – with Victoria 2026 and Brisbane 2032 on the horizon – and we are confident that together we can achieve our strategic priority Win When It Counts. , and achieve lasting success at future Games.
AIS Acting CEO Matti Clements acknowledged Triathlon Australia’s dedication and commitment throughout the Refresh review process.
“The AIS acknowledges the collaboration and commitment of Triathlon Australia to work with us on this joint comprehensive review of their Olympic and Paralympic High Performance (HP) programs,” said Clements.
“During this process, Triathlon Australia has shown a constant and strong commitment.
“This included an independent community engagement process with over 100 inputs and 22 one-on-one interviews conducted by an experienced independent facilitator, which helped inform the findings of the review on issues such as leadership, culture and governance. , performance planning, coaching, performance and athlete pathways.
“These reviews can be difficult, but Triathlon Australia has shown a genuine commitment to making positive changes for their sport and we support them in their pursuit of future success.”