Opening of the AIS talent program for female coaches and sports executives

The Australian Institute of Sports Talent 2022 program was launched today by the Australian Government with the aim of supporting, retaining and advancing women into high-level coaching and executive roles.

Applications are open by 14and February for this year’s AIS Talent program, part of a series of Australian government-funded programs designed to increase the presence and influence of female leaders in sport.

Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said the AIS Talent program aims to identify talented and accomplished female leaders and ensure they have every opportunity to maximize their full potential and be key decision-makers in Australian sport.

Minister Colbeck notes “this is an intensive and focused eight-month program, it will be open to 36 women and will leverage the strengths and skills they already have to advance their careers. It is designed to be a transformational experience for individual participants, but also to empower them to be role models and leaders for positive change in Australian sport.

The AIS Talent program is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Office for Women, in conjunction with AIS and Sport Australia. The $3.4 million in funding over four years also supports the long-standing Women Leaders in Sport grant program and the AIS Accelerate program, which focuses on elite female athletes pursuing lifelong careers in the sports industry. sport.

Minister Colbeck indicated that “we are investing in sports infrastructure and international events to inspire participation, such as the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup and the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup over the past two coming years.

“The AIS Talent program in 2022 will directly address the under-representation of women in high performance coaching and executive roles so that Australian sport benefits from greater diversity and depth.”

Two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Katrina Powell was part of the first AIS Talent program in 2020 and considers it a turning point in her coaching career. A year after completing the program, she was named the Hockeyroos’ first female coach in 43 years.

“The AIS Talent program was so empowering it changed my mindset,” Powell said. “The Hockeyroos program has always meant a lot to me, but I went from hoping or believing that I could one day be a national coach to knowing that I could do the job.

“It was a turning point. I had been the head coach of the NSW Institute of Sport hockey program for five years and was looking for that next challenge, but I didn’t know what it would be or how to extend it. Doing the program AIS Talent, along with a peer group of coaches from other sports that I am still in contact with today, helped me solidify my goals and plan how I would get there.

AIS Acting Chief Executive Officer Matti Clements encouraged female sports executives and high performance coaches to apply adding “we must continue to break down gender barriers in sport and this program is making a real difference, offering participants the opportunity to strengthen their presence as leaders, their professional networks and their peer support.”

You can find more information about the program on the AIS website

Image: Katrina Powell – first female Hockeyroos coach in 43 years. Credit Hockey Australia

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