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Rowing Australia’s National Participation Framework

Rowing Australia will shortly commence the process of drafting a National Participation Framework, with the aim to have it completed by 31 October 2015. This framework will be aligned with the Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Play. Sport. Australia’ participation game plan.

The National Participation Framework is a critical strategy for Rowing Australia’s Whole of Sport Plan and is a vital part of our sports participation and community development. The framework will be developed in conjunction with the State Sporting Organisations in order to define a national strategy aligned with the Member Associations plans to grow and develop a vibrant rowing community.

Rowing Australia will appoint a consultant to support the development of the draft plan, this consultant will be working alongside the Project Management Team, which is made up of:

Chair – Michael Scott (CEO of Rowing Australia), Deputy Performance Director Jaime Fernandez, National Talent Pathway Manager Barnaby Eaton, National Coach Education and Development Officer Ron Batt along with an Australian Sports Commission representative, two Member Association CEOs, two State Development Officers and one club representative.

The consultant will interview a range of stakeholder groups to identify best practice in the participation and development areas at an International, National and State in rowing while also calling on the wider rowing community such as State Bodies, schools, clubs, athletes and coaches to share their thoughts on the topic.

In addition, the consultant will look at how Rowing Australia and its Member Associations can engage with a greater number of school leavers at a non-elite level and seek the views on the ideal national participation framework.

The outcomes of the project are to design a national framework for participation and development and make sure it is aligned with the ‘Play. Sport. Australia’ game plan. The plan also aims to identify rowing’s priority participation and development areas for investment, plus identify the roles and responsibilities of the Member Associations, Clubs and other key stakeholders in this particular area of the sport.

Further to the above, the plans desire is to identify the ideal governance structure for this participation and development framework so that the whole rowing community in Australia is able to get the most out of what is created.