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RA Selection Policy Review – Inviting Written Submissions

As part of its commitment to continually reviewing and improving its governance practices, Rowing Australia is undertaking a review of its Selection Policy for Australian rowing teams.

The review aims to address and suggest actions on RA Selection Policies in order to ensure that they:
• Are succinct, unambiguous and clear, to ensure fairness and transparency;
• Enhance rowing selection, ensuring it is performance driven and as efficient and efficacious as possible;
• Enable RA to only select athletes who demonstrate potential to contribute to its performance targets;
• Reflect best practice, including composition of selection panels;
• Empower RA’s HP Commission to approve all selection decisions;
• Establish communication protocols to cover all aspects of the Selection Policy; and
• Incorporate the high performance system recommended by CampaignNumberOne

The review panel is chaired by current RA Selection Ombudsman and Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrator, Mark Williams. The panel will also include Nick Hunter – Performance Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport, Olympians David Crawshay and Hannah Every Hall, Olympic Gold medal winning coach Rhett Ayliffe, and RA Selector Stephen Mann, along with Jaime Fernandez – Rowing Australia General Manager of Sport and Matthew Treglown – Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer.

The review panel will consider best practice examples of other High Performance sports’ Selection Policy frameworks, along with Selection Policies from other rowing nations. The Panel will also consult with a range of informed stakeholders including recent RA selectors, the RA Athletes’ Commission, coaches, State Associations, the AOC and APC, as well as rowing clubs and other stakeholders to ensure it is considering all relevant information as part of the review.

In addition to gathering information directly from stakeholders, the review panel would welcome input from informed members of the rowing community in the form of written submissions to the RA Selection Policy Review process.

Given that the review panel will be considering information from a range of sources all written submissions should be:
• As succinct as possible (no more than 1,000 words)
• Focussed on any recommendations to improve the process
• Directed towards the specified review outcomes
• Focussed specifically on the RA Selection Policy and Event Requirements only, rather than on the process of crew selection or trialling which is not included in the scope of the panel’s review.
Submissions which do not meet the criteria listed above may not be considered by the review panel.

Written submission should be forwarded to Matthew Treglown, General Manager of Operations on [email protected] by close of business 26th August 2016.