Gymnastics Australia (GA) has established a clear purpose for its Olympic Gymsport High Performance (HP) program – to create and lead a united national high-performance system that enables Australian Olympic Gymsport athletes to achieve consistent and sustainable international success and medal winning results at international benchmark events (BMEs) in disciplines on the Olympic program.

GA’s HP purpose aligns to that of its primary investor, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) which, as reflected in the National Sport Plan, Sport 2030 and the National High Performance Sport Strategy 2024, is primarily focused on Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games outcomes. 

Consistent with the AIS, GA targets its investment for current and future Olympic cycles with performance accountability. This is measured by: Podium success (Australians consistently winning medals at major international events including Commonwealth Games, World Cups and World Championships and Olympic Games); pride and inspiration; and a world leading system.

To support GA in achieving its HP targets, an Olympic Gymsport Advisory Committee (the Committee) has been created to bring together key stakeholders in GA and the national HP sport sector to primarily provide advice to the GA National Performance Director (NPD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on strategic issues relevant to the Olympic Gymsports. This will include having oversight of the implementation of GA’s HP Plan and the respective Gymsport performance plans and related policies, and incorporate the monitoring and review of program performance and progress. 

The Committee will have an advisory and oversight role and is not a decision making authority. The Committee does not assume responsibility for running GA’s Olympic Gymsports program. That remains the responsibility of the NPD in conjunction with the CEO and GA Board.

The Committee will work collaboratively and be committed to fulfilling GA’s HP Plan’s Mission Statement during its term of appointment. That is:
…implementing a World Class High Performance system that enables athletes of Olympic Gymsports - Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline to best prepare - both in sport and life - to be internationally competitive and contenders for winning Commonwealth, Olympic and World Championship medals by Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics Games.

Committee membership is volunteer based and will comprise of:
1. GA Board Director responsible for High Performance (Chair)
3. GA NPD 
4. GA Chair of Athlete Commission
5. Coach and/or technical expert (n=2 | ability to discuss/advise on all Olympic Gymsports)
6. AIS representative
7. Independent HP expert

Associated expenses for Committee members to attend meetings (travel and accommodation if required) will be met by GA.

For the Tokyo 2020 cycle, membership will be for the period from appointment until and including the first scheduled meeting post the Tokyo Olympic Games. Appointments for the Paris 2024 and future Olympic cycles will be made within two months of the conclusion of the summer Olympic Games and will be for a period of four years. 

The Committee will meet face-to-face and/or by teleconference two times per year and will be chaired by the GA Board Director responsible for High Performance. The Committee Chair may call additional meetings as necessary to address any matters referred to the Committee or in respect of matters that the Committee wishes to pursue. Any such additional meetings may be conducted either face-to-face or via video or teleconference.

Further information on the Committee is available in the GA Olympic Gymsports Committee Terms of Reference (PDF file below). 

GA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably credentialed and passionate individuals to fill the two available Committee positions for coaches and/or technical experts.  Expressions of interest are invited from individuals who are representative of the Olympic Gymsports with the skills, experience and willingness to make a contribution to GA achieving its HP targets. 

Applicants are required to submit the nomination form (PDF file below) with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum). Applicants must ensure they have flexibility within their current employment status in order to adequately commit to being a Committee member. 

Expressions of interest should be submitted electronically to GA’s Manager, High Performance Petria Thomas by 5pm Wednesday, 13 November 2019. 

For any questions, please contact GA NPD Andrew Logan on 0419 275 424 or [email protected]

In collaboration, GA’s GA Board Director responsible for High Performance (Committee Chair), CEO and NPD will confirm the appointment of all Committee members for the Tokyo Olympic cycle by Friday 29 November 2019.