Sauvage named on new coach development taskforce

Posted on November 30, 2020 by

The Australian Institute of Sport has launched a national taskforce aimed at making Australia the world leader in modern high performance coaching development before the end of the decade.

Coach at the NSW Institute of Sport, Louise Sauvage, is part of the National High Performance Coach Development Taskforce combines the expertise of the AIS, National Institute Network (NIN) and National Sporting Organisations (NSOs).

AIS CEO Peter Conde said the rapid evolution of modern coaching and the global rivalry for coaching talent meant Australia needed to act now to elevate its coaching ranks across all levels – including community coaching in coordination with Sport Australia.

“The future success of Australian athletes and sport will depend on having a sophisticated, advanced and united coaching development system that is the envy of the world,” Conde said.

“The role of a modern high performance coach is rapidly evolving and expanding. The world’s best coaches are no longer just masters of technique and tactics, they need to be experts in managing people and professional networks. They need to set a performance culture, while balancing athlete wellbeing. They are on the frontline when it comes to protecting the integrity of sport.

“Australia has had, and still has, incredible coaches, but we need to build on that with a cohesive national approach so we can expand our coaching pipeline at all levels.

Conde said the national coach development strategy would complement the foundation work the AIS and NIN had already commenced over the past two years in pathway development and wellbeing programs. The AIS has, over two years, invested $13.2million in Pathways Workforce Grants to 36 National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), which has helped fund more than 45 full-time coaching and pathway leadership positions.

“To have top-shelf coaches and world-class athletes, you need to upskill coaches at all levels. We want to build a consistent national coaching system, from those working with emerging pathways athletes through to those guiding Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes to gold medals,” Conde said.

“We need to focus on coach identification, recruitment, development and retention. We’re determined to get this right because it’s a foundation stone for Australian sporting success.”


The National High Performance Coach Development Taskforce: 

  • Peter Conde (CEO, AIS)
  • Matti Clements (Director, AIS)
  • Alex Baumann (Chief Strategist, Swimming Australia)
  • Geoff Lipshut (CEO, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia)
  • Adrian Hinchliffe (Head Coach, Diving Australia)
  • Chelsea Warr (CEO, Queensland Academy of Sport)
  • Louise Sauvage (Para-athletics coach, NSW Institute of Sport)
  • Brett Murdoch (Department of Defence)
  • Barry Dancer (Olympic gold medal-winning Hockey coach)
  • Tim Walsh (Coach Men’s Sevens, Rugby Australia)
  • Stacey Marinkovich (Coach, Australian Diamonds Netball)
  • Michael Blackburn (Coach, Australian Sailing)

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