Rowing Australia (RA) and its Member Associations (MA) are pleased to release the new strategic plan for the sport, outlining a refreshed vision and bold ambitions to grow and develop Rowing in Australia throughout the golden decade leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The whole-of-sport Rowing in Australia 5+5 Strategic Plan: Stronger Together has been collaboratively developed by RA and its MA’s and seeks to capitalise on the focus and investment that Brisbane 2032 will provide for sport in the region. The plan acknowledges the opportunities that a 10-year runway into a home Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring and will ensure the sport is poised to take advantage of the 10-year legacy post-Games.
A renewed vision for the sport aims to inspire the community to achieve both excellence and well-being through rowing participation, whether that is as a rower, coach, administrator, umpire or volunteer.
Five strategic pillars focus on growing rowing in Australia at all levels, both on and off the water, from the grassroots to the elite level.
While maintaining Australia’s strong track record of developing champions in the traditional rowing disciplines, the plan recognises as crucial a need to grow participation in emerging disciplines, such as coastal and indoor rowing,
Best practice governance, financial sustainability and people & culture, specifically the need to attract and retain a strong, supportive and collaborative workforce both in administration and volunteer roles, are a cornerstone of the plan.
More accessible offerings with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and positioning rowing as a sport for all, is also a notable feature. The new program Coles Start2Row, launched by Rowing Australia in March 2022, is an example of an initiative that is breaking down barriers to rowing participation to enable young people in regional and rural schools who may not otherwise have the chance to try rowing, to give it a go.
Rowing Australia President Rob Scott said the plan was a joint effort and great example of rowing stakeholders working together to secure the sport’s long-term future.
“The Rowing in Australia 5+5 Strategic Plan will ensure rowing is positioned to make the most of the next 10 years as our nation prepares to host the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Scott said.
“Sydney showed us the impact of a home Olympics on a generation. Sport participation flourished as people of all ages discovered new sports and set new sporting goals.
“When Brisbane was announced as host of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, we knew that we needed to refocus our strategic priorities and objectives to focus on growth and development in the 10-year period leading up until the Games’,” Scott said.
“This plan ensures everyone involved in the delivery of rowing in Australia can work stronger together and with collective purpose to ensure the sport is best positioned to achieve growth during a period of extraordinary opportunity for Australian sport.
“There has been great support for this plan and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone across the community who contributed feedback and shaped its development. Thank you to Sport Australia who played an instrumental role in the delivery of this significant project,” Scott concluded.
The Rowing in Australia 5+5 Strategic Plan: Stronger Together is available to view here.