2020 AIS Talent Program supporting women in sport leadership

Posted on February 11, 2020 by

NSWIS High Performance Manager Kristen Barnes joins an impressive list of women who have been selected for the second year of a 12-month female performance leadership program.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have announced the latest participant intake of the AIS Talent Programs, first launched in 2019 to address the under-representation of women in executive and high performance coaching roles.

In 2020, the year-long immersion program will see 34 women from a diverse range of backgrounds take part in individual and group development, focusing on identifying opportunities and removing barriers to success.

Kristen Barnes will take part in the 2020 Executive Program amongst CEOs and senior sports administrators from a wide array of sports.

Sighted-guide for Paralympic bronze medalist Melissa Perrine, Bobbi Kelly, as well as coach of the Future Matildas Program Leah Blayney – have also been named in the High Performance Coaching Program.

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the nation-wide program will focus on developing high performing women and preparing them for leadership at the highest level.

“These programs are designed to challenge the status quo and initiate systemic changes in the Australian sporting system.” Minister Colbeck said.

“This dynamic group of emerging leaders will gain both professional and personal skills to progress their careers. I am really looking forward to seeing how they’ll influence and implement positive change in the sporting landscape in the years ahead.”

The AIS Talent Program is supported by the Women Leaders in Sport grant provided to Sport Australia by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

AIS CEO Peter Conde said the program was part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to increasing the depth and diversity of talent in sport.

“Our goal is very simple, we want more women represented in leadership positions in Australian sport,” Conde said.

“Throughout the course of the program the current sporting environment will be explored through the lens of the participants, to identify real solutions that sport can adopt to entice and support more women to step into senior leadership roles.”

“We received more than 150 applications for this program which showcases that there is vast talent pool of high performance female coaches and executives who are driven to succeed.”

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