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Rowing Australia announces development of Tokyo 2020 Strategic High Performance Plan

Rowing Australia has begun the development of its Strategic High Performance Plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. RA has appointed well known sporting consultant, Brendan Lynch, to lead the project with a summary of key findings due to be presented in August this year and the final draft plan expected by December 2015.

Mr Lynch specialises in strategic planning, governance reform and organisational development and has worked for numerous international, national, state and local sporting organisations as well as conducting major projects for the Australian Sports Commission.

Mr Lynch will be tasked with identifying Rowing Australia’s strategic priorities, ideal High Performance structure and investment priorities for the Tokyo quadrennium as well as recommending how Rowing Australia transitions from one Olympic/Paralympic Cycle (Rio 2016) to the next (Tokyo 2020) and subsequent future plans for Rowing Australia HP program.

The project will require a large amount of investigation and discussion, and thus as in independent consultant, Mr Lynch will engage with numerous stakeholders to assist in the development of the plan and its roll-out.

The plan will aim to build on the High Performance Program review and along with the above will provide a recommendation on the most appropriate High Performance governance structure that empowers the High Performance staff to achieve its ‘Australia’s Winning Edge’ (AWE) targets with the required level of accountability to the Rowing Australia Board.

Mr Lynch will be working alongside the Project Management group which is made up of:

Chair – Michael Scott (CEO of Rowing Australia),
Chris O’Brien (High Performance Director),
Jaime Fernandez (Deputy High Performance Director),
Wayne Diplock (Performance Services Manager),
Nick Hunter (AIS Performance Manager),
Reinhold Batschi (High Performance Advisory Group Representative)

Plus the following, names be confirmed:
SIS/SAS Representative (s)
A current Australian Rowing Team athlete
An Australian rowing club (High Performance) representative

In summary, the plan looks to identify a number of key outcomes some of which are listed in full below:

  • Plan to identify strategic priorities, ideal High Performance structure and investment priorities for the Tokyo quadrennium and beyond
  • Establish and understand Australian Rowing’s point of difference
  • Recommendations on how RA achieves system and investment alignment with State Institutes of Sports/State Academies of Sport
  • Recommendations on how RA can better leverage its High Performance investment with existing and new program partners
  • Recommendation on the process of transitioning from one Olympic/Paralympic Cycle to the next including the reemployment and employment of staff
  • Recommend the most appropriate High Performance governance structure that empowers High Performance staff to achieve AWE targets with the required level of accountability to the Rowing Australia Board
  • Analysis and benchmarking against key competitors
  • Ensuring sustainable success and performance by implementing a robust and continuous athlete development and planning cycle.