To enable Western Australian athletes to achieve international sporting success.
Sporting Champions: Western Australian athletes achieve international success and are admired for their character.
WAIS will pursue its Purpose and develop strategy guided
by the following principles:
Principle 1. International
Focus: WAIS will prioritise resource allocation to support
athlete performance at the international level.
Principle 2. Partner to Value Add: WAIS will invest in and partner National Sports
Organisations (NSOs) that provide high calibre national leadership; it will
allocate its resources to enhance the support provided by them to WA athletes.
Principle 3. Western Australian Significance: WAIS will give priority to sports important to the
Western Australian community.
Principle 4. Community Values: High performance athletes are role models for the
community and their behaviour should reflect an understanding of this
Principle 5.Athlete wellbeing and safety: WAIS will make decisions and take actions that are at
all times considerate of athlete mental and physical wellbeing and safety.
Principle 6.Government Policy Alignment: WAIS will align with Western Australian Government
policy and be responsive to Federal Government sports policy.
culture of Striving for Excellence is lived through the behaviours of athletes
and staff that demonstrate:
Purpose and Vision - Athlete Performance Goals
WAIS Purpose Goals
measure the achievement of organisational purpose and vision.
The Western Australian contribution to Australia’s international
success is equal to or greater than its proportion of the national population
Percentage of Australian athlete podium performances from WA
athletes and supported by WAIS
The Western Australian contribution to significant Australian teams
is equal to or greater than its proportion of the national population
Percentage of national team representatives from WA and
supported by WAIS
WAIS scholarship national
team representatives are admired for their character and values
Percentage of WAIS scholarship national team representatives
reflecting the personal valuesof a champion.
The target for both our contribution to the Australian
international success and significant national teams is 11%. Our target for
WAIS athletes to be admired for their character is 100%.
To align WAIS efforts to supporting Australian
International Success all athlete performance goals in this plan will be
assessed at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2018 Commonwealth
Games and Sport World Championships held during the term of the plan (World
Championship performance is limited to events on the Summer Olympic and
Paralympic and Commonwealth Games programs).
WAIS Operations for this plan will be structured to
deliver the following key strategies:
specialist high performance knowledge and resources to enhance the performance
capability of identified athletes.
Sport Partnerships: Support and add value to sport pathways which have the
capability of producing sustainable results.
The implementation of
these strategies means that WAIS achieves these goals either directly through
internal operations and/or by contributing athletes to National Sport Programs
preparing athletes for Australian Teams. The
success of each strategy will be monitored by the following operational and
WAIS Graduate goals.
Athlete Performance Goals
goals are achieved by the Performance Enhancement Teams with each Team
contributing to one or more of the goals.
WAIS scholarship athletes contribute to Australia's International Success
WAIS scholarship athletes contributing to Australian Podium Performances
WAIS scholarship athletes gain selection on significant Australian
WAIS scholarship athletes selected to National Teams
WAIS scholarship athletes are selected to Sport National Programs
WAIS scholarship athletes selected to Sport National Programs
The target for each of our operational goals will be
determined in collaboration with our sport partners on an annual basis, taking
into consideration the athlete cohort in training.
The Critical Success Factors to deliver are operational strategies are:
Athletes: athletes with the
attributes and attitude for high performance sport.
for each identified athlete a daily training environment appropriate to achieve
their performance goals inclusive of integrated, Coaching, Facilities,
Equipment and Specialist Services.
Competition: access to the competition
required to develop an athlete’s competitive skills.
and life balance: athletes
have the opportunity to succeed in sport and life.
Each of these factors will be monitored and reported on a quarterly
basis to ensure we remain focussed on delivering our operational goals.
Graduate Athlete Performance Goals
These goals will
monitor the effectiveness of the decision to partner sports where other parties
have responsibility for higher levels of the athlete pathway which a WAIS
scholarship holder will graduate to if selected to a Sport National Program.
WAIS Graduate athletes contribute to Australia's International
Number of WAIS graduate athletes contributing to Australian Podium
WAIS Graduate athletes gain selection on significant Australian Teams
Number of WAIS graduate athletes selected to National Teams
The targets for these goals will be set on the
basis of the data used to support the 2017-20 Sport Program Investment
decisions approved by the Board in June 2016.
To ensure WAIS acquires and maintains the requirements for
sustainable success the following Key Result Areas (KRAs) have been identified.
Each KRA has one or two goals which we will work to achieve on a continuous
basis unless considered no longer relevant due to a change in our operational strategy
or a change in our operating environment.
These KRAs will be monitored and reported on every four
months to ensure they maintain relevance and to hold us accountable to
delivering our strategies successfully.
The athlete identification, development and
management systems required to produce sporting champions
Athlete identification, development and management
systems that are equal to or exceed industry standards
Effectiveness of athlete performance systems
The individual employees and Human Resource
systems used to manage and support them
Staffing with the capability, values and desire to
deliver the services required to achieve our vision
Staff competency, values and engagement
Cost effective Human Resource systems that meet
operational and statutory requirements
Cost Effectiveness of Human Resource management
The relationships with the sporting community,
government and other stakeholders that support the opportunities for our
athletes to become sporting champions
Strategic Partnerships to achieve specific
Partnership objective achievement
Stakeholders are positively engaged with WAIS
The systems required to manage the financial
Cost effective financial systems that meet
operational and statutory requirements
Cost Effectiveness of financial management systems
The infrastructure required todeliver services to our athletes
WAIS facilities and equipment meet operational
Access to fit for purpose facilities and equipment
A comprehensive account of the Western Australian Institute of Sport's history is available via the Going For Gold | Champions from the West book which you can view here.
With dedicated sports programs and individual athletes on IASP scholarships, WAIS athlete numbers range between 200-250 athletes on scholarship at any one time. Athletes on WAIS scholarships are offered coaching, services and support to enable the athlete to undertake a program of training, preparation and competition.
The Western Australian Institute of Sport operates under a structure consisting of three Performance Teams which collectively create a Performance Enhancement Division (PED).
Each Performance Team will be headed by a Performance Team Director, with medical, biomechanics, nutrition, Personal Excellence (formerly ACE), strength and conditioning, physiology, psychology and coaching all structured to service a pre-determined cluster of athletes.
The rationale being that the grouped service providers will align and improve team and individual staff line of sight to KPIs related to their prime role and responsibility. This objective aims to see staff increase accountability in the provisions of planning, service delivery and supporting the development of athletes.
WAIS has over 40 full-time staff servicing the needs of WA's elite athletes. In addition, WAIS employs numerous part-time coach and service staff across all sport programs.
The WAIS High Performance Service Centre was officially opened on April 22, 2015 by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett.
Key features of the new WAIS High Performance Service Centre include:
A 715 m2 strength and conditioning gym suitable for two sporting squads to train simultaneously
An 80m, five lane indoor athletics track including a complete pole vault setup, ability for indoor javelin and a long jump pit
A 625 m2 multi purpose indoor sport science testing area
A 260 m2 hydrotherapy based recovery centre
A 280 m2 laboratory for the WA High Performance Sport Research centre, including a 70 m2 heat/humidity/altitude laboratory
Athlete amenities including study zone, kitchen and recreation area
Complete universal access for Paralympic athletes to all areas of the facility