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Sport Categorisation

A national framework to identify sport programs most likely to contribute to Australia’s high performance targets.

Sport Categorisation includes three levels that are ranked primarily on past performance and future potential criterion at international benchmark events.

Every 2 years sport programs are reviewed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and National Institute Network (NIN) partners against this criterion and categorised accordingly.

FOUNDATION

Sports with a strong record of achieving multi-medal or consistent team medals at Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games AND considered highly likely they will continue to achieve medal success at these events.

Foundation 1

High probability to achieve a gold medal at the Olympic or Paralympics Games in the next two cycles.

Foundation 2

Good probability to medal at the Olympic Games or gold medal at Paralympics Games in the next two cycles. [1]

Foundation 3

High probability to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the next two cycles. [2]

PROSPECTIVE

Sports with evidence of previous success at Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, including relevant disciplines at world championships, AND considered to have potential to achieve success within the next one or possibly two cycles.

Prospective 1

Potential medal at the next Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Prospective 2

A medal prospect within the next two (2) cycles at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Prospective 3

Potential gold medal at the next Commonwealth Games. [3]

NATIONAL

Sports that are eligible to compete at the Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games AND assessed as being unlikely to contribute to high performance targets in the next two cycles.

National

Did not medal in past three Olympic or Paralympic Games, world championships or Commonwealth Games (gold).

1 Special consideration for those sports with new disciplines on the Olympic/Paralympic program which can demonstrate podium performance at genuine world championship equivalent level events prior to being included in the Olympic/Paralympic program.

2 Sports that are on the Commonwealth Games schedule only and do not have an Olympic/Paralympic profile, or those sports who are on the Olympic/Paralympic and Commonwealth Games schedule with a high probability to win a gold medal at the next Commonwealth Games but are not considered to be a medal prospect within the next two (2) cycles at the Olympic/Paralympic Games.

3 Sports that are supported for Commonwealth Games outcomes, however may also be eligible to participate in the Olympics/Paralympics

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