Australian Sailing celebrates landmark AIS High Performance Strategy

Landmark national strategy launched by Australia’s Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games peak sporting organisations to build success towards Brisbane 2032 and beyond.

‘Win Well’ initiative launched, with sporting leaders making a renewed commitment to balancing success and wellbeing in high performance sport.

In a major milestone for Australian sport, Australian Sailing is proud to have 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.

Bringing our collective vision of success immediately to life, Australian Sailing joined sporting leaders in Sydney today and took a 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 Sailing’s CEO Ben Houston and High Performance Director Iain Brambell were both involved in the development of Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy and signed up to the Win Well pledge and outlined their united commitment in a joint letter.

Houston said, “This is the first time all peak bodies from across Australia’s Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports have united with the Australian sports sector to develop a national high performance sport strategy and we are proud to support the Win Well pledge.”

“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”, the joint letter states.

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 ultimate platform to perform and connect all Australians with sport like never before.

“This strategy is the collective roadmap to guide our success. It prioritises how we will tackle areas including world-leading coaching and practices, athlete development pathways, performance environments, an outstanding workforce driven by clear values and cultures.

“Our time starts now to build an inclusive and sustainable sporting system that is performance-driven, athlete-focused, exceptionally led and purposefully collaborative.”

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’.

Iain Brambell said, “As a member of the 2032+ Executive Sponsor Group, I am delighted to have directly experienced the high performance sport system’s unequivocal commitment to the Win Well. I am also very eager to pledge both my personal and collective commitment on behalf of the Australian Sailing Team to upholding our obligations to Win Well.

“The health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and support staff are vital ingredients to ensuring the Australian Sailing’s high performance strategy is capable of sustainable and repeatable success both on and off the water. To Win Well will be a key to sustainable success, unlocking the full potential in our people and our sporting system.”

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

Media Contact:
Michael Martin
Head of Marketing and Communications, Australian Sailing

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