Australian Institute of Sport program to improve career options for female athletes

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has announced the launch of the AIS Athlete Accelerate program with a focus on increasing career options for female athletes.

The inaugural programme, which will be funded by the Australian Government’s Office for Women and supported by Sport Australia, will be available for up to 15 athletes.

Warning that the program will identify athletes who could develop and transfer their leadership abilities and experience in high performance sport to join the wider sports workforce, AIS chief executive Peter Conde said said: “Australian sport needs to develop more female leaders and there is fantastic talent ahead of us, our elite female athletes.

“The AIS Athlete Accelerate program is about identifying the leadership skills that already exist in our elite female athletes, then providing them with the professional development needed to support their transition from the sport performance stage into the sport workforce. .

“Many elite athletes naturally develop leadership skills throughout their competitive careers, so this program aims to complement that with professional development in areas such as career action plans and building professional networks. .

“We want the women who participate in this program to be part of the catalysts for change.

“To ensure this program makes a real difference, elite sport leaders must support the bidding process so they can influence and advocate on behalf of the athlete.

“We need the buy-in from current leaders to ensure we continue to break down barriers and make real change to our athletic workforce.”

Explaining that the Federal Government is committed to supporting new opportunities for female athletes, Australian Sport Minister Richard Colbeck added: “There is huge scope to increase the number of women in leadership positions. in Australian sport.

“This program will allow more women to further their careers and foster the growth of future athletes and sport leaders, which is exciting.”

The program is open to applications from current and former categorized athletes who are employed by a national or national sports organization on a part-time or full-time basis or those who are ready to advance their career as a sports administrator or coach.

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