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The AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership will improve and formalise pathways for professional development for coaches and performance leaders and drive research and innovation relative to this development. The ‘Centre’ will deliver world’s best approaches in blended learning which provide a powerful combination of adult learning methods to invoke discussion, transformation and practical application to frontline performance coaching and leadership challenges.

Who is it for?

The Performance Coach Program is tailored to emerging performance coaches in priority national sporting organisations (NSOs), the National Institute Network (NIN) and high performance partner organisations who have the capacity and capability to deliver outstanding results for Australia over the next decade. The program supports the transition from athlete to coach.

The Performance Coach Program will fund a maximum of 15 coaches each year, with successful placements determined through a rigorous application and selection process.

Program overview

The program will be delivered over two years via a series of face-to-face residential labs, immersive experiences, project work, mentoring, individual assessment and regular feedback and reflection.

Key Dates

121-24 May, 2018
217-20 September, 2018
326-29 November, 2018
420-23 May, 2019
516-19 September, 2019
625-28 November, 2019

Note: AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership programs are subject to final budget approval in February 2018.

A high level program overview is provided below:

Theme 1: The Coach and Leader

This theme will focus on the role of the performance coach in a complex networked system and the coach as a leader of a team of experts. Key topics include:

  • the role of the coach – system impact
  • ability to leverage the whole system – drawing upon expertise in all areas of the team
  • self and external analyses of the coach as a leader and use in guiding professional development
  • leadership styles – contrasting effective and ineffective strategies including a self learning journey
  • managing a team – individual strengths, conflict resolution and team creativity.

Theme 2: The Knowledge Seeker

This theme will focus on expanding the coaches' expertise in the areas of science and technology. Key topics include:

  • training science – the basis and rationale of use, practical application and case studies in topics such as altitude, strength and conditioning, sleep and loading
  • technology in sport – case studies in sport which could include GPS, biomechanical analyses, equipment, such as bikes and boats.

Theme 3: The Athlete Manager

This theme will focus on understanding athletes and in particular the concepts of talent development, individuality and competitive readiness. Key topics include:

  • talent – recognition, development and protection
  • gender – training and coaching of females and males
  • individual versus the team – training and coaching.

2017/18 Performance Coach Program

Ian BridgeHigh Performance Coach, Para-BadmintonBadminton Australia
Matthew BrownHigh Performance Coach, Trinity Grammar SchoolSwimming Australia
Ashley BrunningQueensland State Performance CoachAustralian Sailing | QAS
Paul BurgessAssistant Coach, PolevaultWAIS | Athletics Australia
Brendan GarlickHigh Performance Coach, VA Centre of ExcellenceVolleyball Australia
Christian GeigerHead Coach, Para AlpineSki and Snowboard Australia
Tim HamillNSWIS Assistant Coach - Water PoloNew South Wales Institute of Sport
Luke MadillDevelopment Academy CoachBMX Australia
Hamish MacDonaldNational Team Coach - Para AthleticsAthletics Australia
Julia PriceHigh Performance Coach/Manager - Female ProgramCricket Australia
Shane SmithFX National Class CoachAustralian Sailing
Ben SouthwellQAS Head Coach, RowingQueensland Academy of Sport
Vicki WhitelawACTAS Network Coach, CyclingAustralian Capital Territory Academy of Sport
Gary WillisNational Assistant CoachBowls Australia
Geoff Woolley470 Women's CoachAustralian Sailing

2016/17 Performance Coach Program

Brett AitkinLead Coach, Cycling - SASICycling Australia
Gene BatesAssistant National Road Coach / Director Orica-AIS Cycling team- GreenEdge Cycling Team Cycling Australia,
Luke BrennanAssistant Coach - National Men's Wheelchair BasketballBasketball Australia
Darren BundockCoachYachting Australia
Clancy DawsonHigh Performance CoachSurfing Australia
Rae DowerAssistant Technical Director - ACTAS / Head Coach Women's Football - Canberra UnitedFootball Federation Australia
Mathew HelmHead Coach, Diving - WAISDiving Australia
Dan IlottHead Coach VA/AIS Centre of ExcellenceVolleyball Australia
Amanda IsaacHead Coach - Nunawading Swimming ClubSwimming Australia
Georgina KovacsWomen's Water Polo Coach - WAISWater Polo Australia
Brent LivermoreHead Coach Hockey (Men), National Training Centre - NSWISHockey Australia
Bree MunroAerial Skiing Program Coach - VISOlympic Winter Institute of Australia
Michael NelsonHead Coach, Volleyball - SASIVolleyball Australia
Joshua WhiteAssistant Coach, Triathlon - QASTriathlon Australia
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