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Selection Appeals Process Review

Rowing Australia continuously reviews all of its policies in order to look at how best we may perform our role as the peak body for rowing in Australia. In accordance with this, Rowing Australia is undertaking a review of its Selection Appeals process for all of its High Performance teams.

The review will consider all aspects of the process including the associated impact on all involved when it comes to selection appeal decisions. The review aims to be athlete focussed. We are aware that the Selection Appeal process involves a number of key stakeholders including athletes, coaches, parents and Rowing Australia staff, and as such this review needs to be respectful and constructive for all involved.

The review panel will be chaired by former RA Board Director and former director of the AIS, John Boultbee. The panel will also include Nick Hunter – Performance Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport, Jaime Fernandez – Rowing Australia Deputy Performance Director, Matthew Treglown – Rowing Australia General Manager – Operations and David Yates, a non-executive Australian Rowing Team selector.

The review aims to address and suggest actions on Selection Appeals Processes and Framework in order to provide the following outcomes:

• Enhance rowing selection appeals processes, ensuring they are as efficient and efficacious as possible
• Confirm current practices that are working
• Consider practices that will improve and clarify RA HP Selection Appeals processes and policy
• Consideration of the appointment of a ‘Selection Appeals Ombudsman’
• Exploration of the role of Counselling and Debriefing as a part of selection
• Identify refinements to the Selection Process that may reduce the likelihood and impact of selection appeals.
• Ensuring that the Appeals Process is as timely and efficient as possible

The review panel will engage with a range of informed stakeholders and consider best practice examples of other High Performance sports Selection Appeals processes and policies. In regards to the latter, the panel will look to benchmark best practice in both National Sporting Organisations as well as other Rowing Nations.

The Panel will also consult with the RA Athletes’ Commission, coaches, Board and other stakeholders to garner as much information as possible for the review. Interviews will also be undertaken with recent appellants and State Sporting Organisations will be provided with an opportunity to give a written submission on the topic.

The Rowing Australia HP Appeals Review will be presented to the RA Board on 13 August 2015, with key outcomes to be shared at a later date.