Olympic and Paralympic medallists are part of a new look Athlete Advisory Group (AAG) recently announced by the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS). The group of eight members is equally represented by men and women across both summer and winter sports.
The AAG was created in 2019 to help provide Team NSWIS athletes with a say, and to ultimately help guide the decision making at NSWIS. It serves as a direct link between athletes and the NSWIS management team and the Board.
The impressive unit includes Paralympians Jonathan Goerlach (triathlon) and Erik Horrie (rowing); Olympians Sam Fricker (diving), Keesja Gofers (water polo), Lucien Delfour (canoe slalom) and Belle Brockhoff (snowboard) and Olympic hopefuls Morgan Blamey (hockey) and Evie Haseldine (sailing).
These athletes seek to identify support gaps for NSWIS athletes, support athlete development within their sporting and non-supporting careers and increase NSWIS engagement with athletes across the various sport programs.
Olympic hopeful Evie Haseldine and OIympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff were recently appointed to the group.
“I want to be more involved in the greater athlete community so as to provide a voice to athletes who don’t have one and athletes who are located in remote areas,” Belle said.
“I want to show how they can best utilise NSWIS services.”
The snowboard cross athlete plans to encourage athletes to strive for a well-rounded identity to reach their full potential.
“I would love to make a positive impact that allows the athlete to perform at their very best, not just in their sport but as a person too. I want to emphasise the power of being one whole person comprised of multiple complex parts with different interests and goals,” she said.
The AAG meet at least three times per year at NSWIS to confidentially discuss any issues raised by fellow athletes and forward any feedback and recommendations to management and the Board.