Australian Sailing has taken a step towards securing the next generation of sailing champions with the launch of the Performance Pathway Futures Program. The program has been made possible in part due to Australian Sailing’s successful application for one of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Performance Pathways Solutions Grants.
The purpose of this new nationally-led program is to identify and develop high potential sailors, currently transitioning between Pathways and Olympic classes, aiming to earn their place within the Australian Sailing Squad. Australian Sailing is seeking the best and brightest athletes and coaches in Australia to apply for their place within the program. The program will consist of a series of national camps integrating quality high performance coaching and targeted performance support services aligned to the athlete’s individual performance plans.
All selected athletes and coaches will join together for a team building camp in Runaway Bay, QLD in late April, 2021. The purpose of the camp is to induct the athletes and coaches within the Performance Pathways system and commence the process of accelerating athlete development. The camp will also set the standards, culture and expectations in a collaborative environment.
The Futures program will encompass the Laser Std, Laser Radial, Windfoil, Mixed Kite Foil, Mixed 470 and an aggregated Fast Boat (FX/49er/Nacra) classes. The program will be run over 4 – 5 technical camps at various locations across Australia with the Fast Boat having additional training blocks primarily located at Lake Macquarie, NSW.
The program has been made possible by the generous funding support provided by the AIS and is aligned with the priorities identified in the new AS HP Strategy, towards the Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games.
The program will be led by Ashley Brunning – Performance Pathway Manager with operational support from Lesley Fasala – National Pathways Coordinator.