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Graham Lowe joins AIS to help shape sporting leaders

20 March 2017

Highly credentialed sports specialist Graham Lowe has been announced as a consultant to the AIS, where he will help shape the development of Australian coaches and leaders.

Lowe’s appointment coincides with the latest intake at the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership.

Lowe will work with the 40 successful applicants from 22 sports accepted into AIS leadership programs for 2017-18 as he transitions out of his role as General Manager, Football, with the premiership winning AFL club the Western Bulldogs and moves into an ongoing support role at the club.

“I’ve had the privilege of being part of the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership program as a participant and it is an exciting opportunity to now be contributing to the delivery of a contemporary program that already does so much to develop culture and leadership in Australian sport,” Lowe said.

“We tend to look overseas for direction in this area but the reality is we have a top quality program already here at home.

“Supporting the development of positive cultures and fostering leadership is a passion of mine and I look forward to contributing to this innovative program as part of my broader move into high performance consultancy.”

The AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership was established as part of Australia¹s Winning Edge strategy to create a long-term development pathway for high performance coaches, leaders and managers.

Since its inception in 2013, there have been 148 graduates of the three leadership programs - Performance Coach Program, the Performance Leaders Program and Podium Coach Program.

AIS Director Matt Favier welcomed the appointment of Lowe saying it reflected the AIS’ track record in pursuing excellence.

“Graham brings exceptional skills, knowledge and experience that will be an asset to coaches and leaders across all Australian high performance sport,” Favier said.

“The AIS measures itself against world-best standards and there is no doubt that Graham brings a winning attitude. As well as his important role with the premiership-winning Western Bulldogs, he has also worked in prominent high performance roles with world-best sporting programs, notably the New Zealand All Blacks in Rugby Union and the winning BMW Oracle Racing sailing team in the America¹s Cup.”

The AIS program is 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.

2017 participants 

Podium Coach Program Jenny Brazel – Netball Australia/Netball Queensland, Assistant Coach, Queensland Firebirds Nathan Doyle – Swimming Australia, High Performance Swim Coach - Paralympic Elvis Fatovic – Water Polo Australia, Head Coach, National Men's Water Polo Nicholas Flyger – Cycling Australia, Head Coach (Interim), National Track Sprint Program John Hart – Gymnastics Australia, International Stream Head Coach, Waverley Gymnastics Centre Alen Stajcic – Football Federation Australia, Head Coach, Matildas Francois Vogelsberger  – Tennis Australia, Head Coach, Wheelchair Tennis Kate Wilcomes – Surfing Australia, High Performance Coach Lisa Keightley – Western Australian Cricket Association, Head Coach, Western Fury & Perth Scorchers Brent Vallance – Athletics Australia, High Performance Coach, WalksPerformance Leaders Program  Scott Bowen – Australian Rugby Union, Performance Manager, Rugby 7s Lasse Bundgaard – Badminton Australia, High Performance Director Ali Campbell – Athletics Australia, High Performance Director (Acting) Joelie Chisholm – Australian Taekwondo, Chief Executive Officer Tegan Colgan – WA Institute of Sport, Performance Team Director Ramone Cooper – Ski & Snowboard Australia, National Pathway & Programs Manager Nicky Frey – Athletics Australia, NASS Transition Manager Adrienne Glancy – Gymnastics Australia, National Performance Director (Acting) Nick Green – Cycling Australia, Chief Executive Officer Richard McInnes – Netball QLD, General Manager, High Performance Mark Osborne – Swimming Australia, High Performance Programs Manager Kathryn Periac – Triathlon Australia, National Manager, Para triathlon Brenda Tierney – Tennis Australia, Performance Manager, Wheelchair Tennis Alex Vallentine – Judo Federation of Australia, Chief Executive Officer Chris Webb – Equestrian Australia, High Performance ManagerPerformance Coach Program Ian Bridge – Badminton Australia, High Performance Coach, Para-Badminton Matthew Brown – Swimming Australia, High Performance Coach, Trinity Grammar School Ashley Brunning – Australian Sailing/QAS, QLD State Performance Coach Paul Burgess – WA Institute of Sport/Athletics Australia, Assistant Coach, Pole Vault Brendan Garlick – Volleyball Australia, High Performance Coach, AIS Centre of Excellence Christian Geiger – Ski & Snowboard Australia, Head Coach, Para Alpine Tim Hamill – NSW Institute of Sport, NSWIS Assistant Coach, Water polo Hamish MacDonald – Athletics Australia, National Team Coach - Para Athletics Luke Madill – BMX Australia, Development Academy Coach Julia Price – Cricket Tasmania, HP Coach/Manager/Female Program Shane Smith – Australian Sailing, FX National Class Coach Ben Southwell – Queensland Academy of Sport, QAS Head Coach, Rowing Vicki Whitelaw – ACT Academy of Sport, ACTAS Network Coach, Cycling Gary Willis – Bowls Australia, National Assistant Coach Geoff Woolley – Australian Sailing, 470 Women's Coach  
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