Chair John Bertrand AO send his congratulations and best wishes to our Scholarship Holders competing in Birmingham.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame wishes to congratulate 26 of our past and present Scholarship Holders, across 12 sports who will be donning the green and gold at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Seventeen Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holders are making their debut; Rebecca Henderson, Alessia McCaig, Lucas Plapp, Maeve Plouffe, Nikita Hains, Cassiel Rousseau, Jesse Moore, Lidiia Iakovleva, Amy Lawton, Abigail Paduch, Ellen Ryan, Zoe Cuthbert, Brendon Smith, Katja Dedekind, Madeleine McTernan, Col Pearse and Oscar Stubbs.
Nine Scholarship Holder alumni are making a multiple Commonwealth Games appearance.
Fourth appearance for Anabelle Smith, third appearance for Georgia Sheehan and second appearances for Brooke Buschkuehl (nee Stratton), Caitlin Parker, Riley Day, Jake Bensted, Liz Watson, Bradley Woodward and Jake Birtwhistle.
Congratulations to Commonwealth Games CEO, Craig Phillips AM and his small yet powerful team for all they do for our Aussie athletes and the Games.
We wish each and every one of you all the very best, thank you to the team behind the scenes and we look forward to cheering you on in person or from our living rooms.
John Bertrand AO
Chair, Sport Australia Hall of Fame
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Sport Australia & the AIS – New coaching apprenticeships to fast-track next generation
Australian sport has taken an enormous step in its bid to become a world-leader in coach development ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games, the AIS naming 31 coaches as part of a flagship national apprenticeship program.
Gold medal Olympians Jared Tallent (Athletics) and Emily Barton (Rugby 7s) are among the developing coaches from 22 sports who will benefit from paid two-year coaching apprenticeships as part of the inaugural National Generation 2032 Coach Program. The National Generation 2032 Coach Program is a joint initiative between the AIS, National Institute Network (NIN) partners, and National Sporting Organisations (NSOs).
AIS Acting Director Matti Clements said: “Quality coaching is the foundation for sport at all levels, so it’s wonderful to see the Australian high performance sport system combining forces to develop the next generation of coaches who will guide Australian athletes on the world stage for many years to come. The aim is that coaches involved in this apprenticeship program will transition to become Australia’s coaching leaders of the future, and we’d hope to see many of them coaching in Brisbane 2032 and beyond.”
Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said the program is focused on enhancing the depth and diversity within Australia’s high performance coaching ranks.
“The future success of Australian athletes and sport relies heavily on identifying, developing and retaining our best coaching talent so we can build sustainable success,” Perkins said. “We want Australia to be a world leader in coach development and this is a big step in that direction.
“The coaches in this inaugural program are immersed in high performance sporting environments to fast-track their progress. They’ll have guidance from a senior mentor coach, plus they’ll receive formal professional development and education through the AIS and participating NIN partners. It’s a national approach.”
Victoria University – National Sport Integrity Forum
SAHOF and Victoria University recently hosted the seventh National Sport Integrity Forum (NSIF), Sport for human rights: to boycott or not to boycott, is that the question?
Extending from the NSIF discussions, Victoria University Professors Hans Westerbeek and Ramon Spaaij explored the complexities involved in leveraging sport as a stage for boycotting and how the desired outcomes are often far from reality.
BOYCOTTS IN SPORT MAY NOT ADVANCE HUMAN RIGHTS. BUT THEY DO HARM INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE
Organisers of Wimbledon had found themselves in quandary over their controversial decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players in protest over the invasion of Ukraine. Both the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) penalised Wimbledon for this ban by stripping the tournament of its ranking points.
Because one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments has been relegated to merely a high-profile exhibition event, a growing number of players have pulled out of the tournament demonstrating how a boycotter event can simultaneously be boycotted by participants.
These kinds of boycotts occur regularly in high-profile sport as event organisers and participants use its global reach to highlight human rights violations.
But boycott actions and counter-actions – including those at Wimbledon – often do more to harm individual athletes who happen to be nationals of these countries rather than to the condemned regime or the event sponsors.
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