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 responsibility.
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.
Our culture of Striving for Excellence is lived through the behaviours of athletes and staff that demonstrate:
WAIS 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:
Athlete Focused: Provide 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.
WAIS Operations Athlete Performance Goals
WAIS Operational 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
Number of WAIS scholarship athletes contributing to Australian Podium Performances
WAIS scholarship athletes gain selection on significant Australian Teams
Number of WAIS scholarship athletes selected to National Teams
WAIS scholarship athletes are selected to Sport National Programs
Number of 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.
Training environment: providing 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.
Sport 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.
WAIS 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 Success
Number of WAIS graduate athletes contributing to Australian Podium Performances
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.
Key Result Area
Measures of Success
Athlete Performance Systems
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 systems
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 outcomes
Partnership objective achievement
Stakeholders are positively engaged with WAIS
The systems required to manage the financial resources
Cost effective financial systems that meet operational and statutory requirements
Cost Effectiveness of financial management systems
Facilities and Equipment
The infrastructure required todeliver services to our athletes
WAIS facilities and equipment meet operational requirements
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