Inaugural AIS Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Summit

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie says wellbeing is critical in enabling Australian athletes to navigate the pressures of high performance sport and to ensure stronger integration with their local communities.

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5 June 2018

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie says wellbeing is critical in enabling Australian athletes to navigate the pressures of high performance sport and to ensure stronger integration with their local communities.

Minister McKenzie has welcomed the official launch of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement division and will open its inaugural Summit “Beyond the Podium” in Canberra on Tuesday, June 5.

“The Coalition Government is committed to Australian sport and values the importance of the AIS’s leadership in developing Australia’s most talented elite athletes,” Minister McKenzie said.

“We need to ensure our National Sporting Organisations are helping to nurture athletes, both within their sport and in their lives outside the competition arena. The AIS Wellbeing and Engagement Summit aims to provide a platform for discussion and learning, and to continue to develop tools for athletes to thrive as individuals during their sporting careers and after they’ve retired from competition.”

“It’s crucial that we learn from the rich experiences of athletes who’ve been at the top of their game and ridden the roller coaster of elite sport,” Minister McKenzie said. “Those who have ‘been there and done that’ are an invaluable part of this process.”

The Summit, held on 5-6 June 2018 at the AIS Arena, will feature more than 200 attendees from around Australia and across the globe. The Summit will bring experts from a wide range of sporting backgrounds together to develop action plans for athlete wellbeing. It is hoped that this will ensure that athlete wellbeing is a critical factor in high performance planning now and into the future.

“The AIS has gathered an impressive cross-section of the sporting industry and community to ensure no stone is left unturned in addressing the wellbeing needs of our current and future athletes,” Minister McKenzie said.

Athlete expertise and engagement are a key focus of “Beyond the Podium” with some of Australia’s most respected and accomplished high performers providing athlete voices in the room.

Australia’s most successful Olympian Ian Thorpe will deliver the opening keynote address, with an athlete cohort that includes Olympic champion and Australian Sports Commission Deputy Chair Alisa Camplin-Warner (aerial skiing), gold medallists Kim Brennan, Nick Green (Rowing) and recently retired men’s hockey captain Mark Knowles, along with Paralympic champion Danni Di Toro and cricketer Jodie Fields.

Media contact: Kate Woodbridge 0409 679 924

Authorised by B McKenzie, The National Party, Bendigo VIC

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