Launch of Australia's Winning Edge 2012-2022: Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport.

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my very great privilege and pleasure now to introduce our
Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy.
Kate is I can say from first-hand experience doing a fantastic job as Minister for Sport.
She is immensely passionate about sport and she’s also particularly passionate about
technology and the role that technology can play in sport, which brings in her other portfolio
She is a great example of the inspirational power of high performance sport.
She has taken up rowing, which she admits she took up on the back of seeing the Awesome
Foursome and their achievements.
So it’s a great example, a great reminder of what it’s all about today – so, with
that, Senator.
Thank you very much John.
What a pleasure it is to be here today.
I too would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners and custodians
on the land on which we’re gathered, and pay my respects to their elders, past and
And I would like to acknowledge all of our special guests here, but particularly John
Wylie, the Chair of the Sports Commission, Simon Hollingsworth, Matt Favier, Board Members
of the Australian Sports Commission – Margy Osmond, Kyle Vander-Kuyp, Andrew Fraser and
Andrew Plympton – who are here today.
To Craig Phillips, Secretary General of the AOC, Jason Hellwig, CEO of the Australian
Paralympic Committee and Sam Coffa, President, Perry Crosswhite, CEO of the Australian Commonwealth
Games Association.
Nick Green – and yes, he was part of that Awesome Foursome team – Chef de Mission
of course for the Australian Olympic Team in London.
To Geoffrey Henke, Chairman of the Winter Olympic Institute of Australia.
To Olympians, Paralympians and Commonwealth Games Australia representatives here today
– welcome to you, and all of you.
You’re all part of this amazing system of Australian sport and I warmly welcome you
to the launch today.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Gillard Government is a proud supporter of Australian sport,
from the grassroots to the green and gold.
And I’m very proud of the fact that since the election – since our election in 2007,
we’ve allocated record funding to both participation and high performance sport in Australia.
Australia’s proud history of success in sport has seen it become part of our national
identity, strengthened by our multicultural character and celebrated with passion and
Our athletes inspire us with their successes and earn our respect with their best efforts,
regardless of the outcome.
And our system of Australian sport is a complex one.
It has many moving parts.
It involves local, state and federal governments, our schools and universities, sponsors, associations,
businesses, national and state bodies, masters, juniors.
But at its heart are the efforts of the volunteers who run our community clubs every day and
every night of the week, right around the country.
As Australians, we have an appetite for sporting success and we place enormous expectation
on our athletes and teams to be at the top.
But more than this, we take enormous pride in how we get there.
We admire hard work, integrity, humility, dignity and honest effort, and never forgetting
where we came from.
We have an international reputation for excellence in sport performance, major sporting events
and having an enviable, active lifestyle.
These attributes were acknowledged and discussed in the recently released Asian Century White
We also have long held an impressive international reputation for our innovation and expertise
across the full spectrum of high performance sporting endeavour, from science and technology,
to coaching and facilities, to psychology and nutrition.
This great tradition of excellence and innovation, now widely emulated as you have heard, deserves
not only to be recognised, but nurtured, sustained and enhanced.
And this is exactly what Australia’s Winning Edge is designed to do.
It takes the next evolutionary step to ensure that Australian taxpayers have confidence
that high performance funding is allocated to sport in the most effective and accountable
In this way, we will optimise our long term investment in the AIS and our sports system
In 2008, the Government commissioned the Crawford Report.
While not met with universal praise, the report highlighted that Australian sport was at a
critical junction.
In responding, the Government committed to developing a strategic, whole of sport approach
to sports policy, with a focus on reforming our approach to the high performance aspects
of sport.
Today we continue to implement the strategy, as outlined in the Pathway to Success.
Australia’s Winning Edge confirms the AIS is at the heart of our high performance programs.
It’s the AIS that will set clear principles for all sports to follow and establish an
accountable framework and methodology for goals to be set and progress towards the measured.
In addition, with recent improvements in research funding and the new innovation source, in
collaboration with other research institutions, universities and the Australian sports technology
network, the AIS is expected to revive its capability as the premier hub of sports innovation.
In this way, and by becoming the single entity responsible for high performance funding,
the AIS will be strengthened and over time become more relevant to more sports.
In many ways, a test of the success of Australia’s Winning Edge will be in the increased demand
for and increased use of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Ladies and gentlemen, investment in high performance sport is not an automatic entitlement.
Sports will be more accountable for the development and delivery of national High Performance
To do this effectively, high quality governance and leadership of national sporting organisations
is essential.
This includes the right board structures and experience, not to mention exemplary administration.
To this end, one of the first things I did as Sports Minister was to release our new
governance guidelines.
National Sporting Organisations will need to be operating with best practice and many
sports have made good progress and I commend them.
But there is always more to be done.
The Australian Sports Commission will be working in another area close to my heart – the
ASC is creating a unit to further improve female participation in all aspects of sport.
The unit will act as a central point for National Sports Organisations and other stakeholder
bodies to seek advice, guidance and support on the promotion of women’s sport and gender
This will also include supporting talented women to increase their opportunities for
leadership in administrative and governance roles, and importantly focus on commercialisation
opportunities for the sport that women play.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Australian Government currently investments about $170 million a
year in high performance sport – the highest level ever.
It is my job to ensure this money is spent wisely and effectively.
We are seen as leaders in the world, but as I said at the Olympics, we can’t assume
that what’s worked in the past will always work in the future.
We have heard already this morning how competition has increased and the pressure grows.
Meeting this challenge requires the continue revolution of the Australian High Performance
system where creating an inclusive model to foster innovation and new ideas.
We have enormous intellectual firepower and great depth of knowledge in Australian sport
and now we will have the mechanisms and the model to really leverage it.
This plan delivers a greater investment in our coaches and a renewed focus on finding,
nurturing and delivering Australia’s next top sporting talent.
It will provide more opportunities for more athletes to be supported by the AIS and it
will ensure that sport at all levels continues to thrive.
Successful role models in sport motivates children – well, it motivated me, motivates
everybody – to participate and in this way perpetuates the cycle of one generation of
sport stars, inspiring not just the next generation of sports stars, but a whole generation of
active people and in this way, getting high performance right is an essential element
for deriving the greater social and economic benefits from our public investment in sport.
Sport is the strongest platform for social inclusion and the life lessons of team work,
respect, loyalty, punctuality, discipline that are derived ... all these values are
second to none when it comes to sport as the platform to deliver them.
I’ve always described it as being far more than the sum of its parts.
Australia’s Winning Edge articulates the long term for the high performance sport of
this country.
We will ensure we have a system that harnesses innovation by fostering the best minds in
a collaborative environment and by creating the right incentives – and I know many of
the best minds are here in this room.
We will now be able to measure success because targets have been set.
The hard work to achieve our targets now begins and I urge you to work closely with the AIS
and the Australian Sports Commission to ensure a smooth transition.
I know it will take some time, but it’s a journey worth being a part of.
I would like to conclude by thanking you all very much for coming along today.
There’s been a great deal of interest in this announcement and you can see why.
I look forward to working with you to deliver our plans for the future of high performance
sport in Australia – and I would like to particularly thank the Australian Sports Commission
Board, the Chair John Wylie, Simon Hollingsworth the CEO of the ASC and AIS Director Matt Favier
– and the countless others who have contributed towards the Winning Edge.
So ladies and gentlemen, in formally launching Australia’s Winning Edge, I commend it to
Thank you.
Thank you very much Minister.
We said at the beginning that we think it is a really exciting day for Australian sport.
Sport is defined by the future as much as its past and we want all of you to come along
on the run with us.
There’s going to be some changes and there’s lots of work to do, but I really want to reiterate
the Minister’s thanks and John’s thanks for coming along today and being part of today’s
This is the end of the formalities and now there is a chance to have a cup of tea and
something to eat outside this room.
Again, thank you for being part of it and we look forward to working with you in the
near future.
Thank you.