In a major milestone for Australian sport, AusCycling has joined forces with the country’s peak Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games sporting organisations to launch a national strategy aimed at building success towards Brisbane 2032 and beyond.
Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy represents the first time all peak bodies from across Australia’s Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games sports have united for a national high performance sport strategy.
It includes Federal, State and Territory Institutes and Academies of Sport, the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, and Commonwealth Games and National Sporting Organisations.
Alongside other sporting leaders in Sydney today, AusCycling also took the pledge to ‘Win Well’ – a foundation of the strategy and a new national commitment to balancing ambitious sporting goals with cultures that are safe, fair, and supportive.
Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins said it was a historic and significant step for Australian sport.
“This is one of the greatest periods of opportunity in Australian sporting history, and teamwork can be our competitive advantage as we aim for 2032 and beyond,” Perkins said.
“We all have unique roles to play, but we will all benefit by harnessing our collective strengths, talent, and resources so we can deliver the best outcomes for our athletes, sports and for all of Australia.
“No sporting team can unite and inspire us like our Aussie athletes. We have a Green and Gold Runway of major sporting events over the next decade to 2032 that gives our athletes and sports the platform to perform and connect all Australians with sport like never before.
“Our time starts now in building an inclusive and sustainable sporting system that is performance-driven, athlete-focused, exceptionally led and purposefully collaborative.”
AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said the organisation was proud to be part of the co-design and implementation of a truly national high performance sport strategy.
“This strategy represents a generational transformation. For the first time, all peak sporting organisations in Australia have come together to create a national high performance sport strategy,” Fechner said.
“It will foster collaboration, alignment, clarity, and accountability across the high-performance system, and it prioritises how we will tackle every aspect of high-performance, from coaching and athlete development to performance environments and outstanding workforces driven by clear values and cultures.
“However, it’s also about valuing the physical, mental, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of everyone in our sport. Setting courageous performance goals is part of our DNA, but we pledge to balance this with a culture that is safe, fair, and supportive, where everyone in our sport can win in all areas of life. We pledge to Win Well.”
A key measure of success outlined within Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy is to position Australia for its best ever Olympic and Paralympic performances at the Brisbane 2032 Games, but the strategy ultimately sets out to build ongoing, sustainable success for Australian high-performance sport, before and after Brisbane 2032.
That ambition is captured by the strategy’s vision: ‘We win well to inspire Australians’.
As part of the strategy, sporting organisations signed a Win Well pledge and outlined their commitment in a joint letter that states, “Success in Australian sport will be to Win Well.”
“This is a balanced, holistic approach, supporting our athletes and people to win in all areas of life. It is about celebrating the humanity of Australian sport, valuing physical, mental, emotional, and cultural wellbeing. It is maintaining the ambition for success, but always marked with humility, integrity, fair play, and Aussie grit.
“To Win Well will be a key to sustainable success, unlocking the full potential in our people and our sporting system.”
AusCycling staff and athletes welcomed the united approach to the Strategy and Win Well:
Dr. Lynne Munro, National Sprint Cycling coach, AusCycling: “A united strategy ensures we are truly a holistic eco-system, working and growing co-operatively, with every person, every action, of vital importance. What an inspiring message and experience for every coach and aspiring coach to be part of. When an athlete knows and feels the unity of a world-class performance team behind them, it’s like amplifying the energy in the room every day – a resonance happens that fuels their ability to truly step out and keep reaching higher.”
Emily Petricola OAM PLY, Paralympian, Cycling: “The team behind the athlete is what ultimately determines performance. If you have confidence that those guiding your journey are all aligned and on the same page as to where you are at and where you are going, you are far more likely to get there! The Strategy will help boost performance as it is ultimately a framework that supports every athlete being the best they can be - it essentially enables success in every aspect of the athlete journey (in and out of sport development).”
Gracie Elvin OLY, Olympian, Cycling: “I was able to be at the top level of my sport for a long time, but it’s always been important to me to see that bigger picture … The athletes are the heart and soul of this Strategy. We want them to do well. We want them to enjoy it and we want them to come out of it as whole people, happy people as well. For sure we want medals, but it’s not just about the medals, it’s about the future of sport and every person involved.”
A full copy of Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy and more Win Well material, including testimonials from sport leaders, athletes and coaches, is available at winwell2032.au