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Wardlaw heads Review

Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Anonym



Athletics Australia has released the Terms of Reference for its review of the athletics team’s campaign at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with former Olympian Chris Wardlaw appointed as an independent Chair of the Review Panel.

Wardlaw, the former Head Coach of the Australian Athletics Team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and a respected athletics identity, will be joined on the Review Panel by Athletics Australia Board Members Anne Lord, Peter Bromley and Jan Swinhoe.

Athletics Australia’s review will focus specifically on all aspects concerning the participation of Australian athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The purpose of the Athletics Australia Review is to critically examine all relevant policies that governed and were concerned with the Australian athletics team’s participation in Glasgow, consider all aspects of the team’s participation including the performances of athletes, coaches and management, and make recommendations to the Athletics Australia Board for the benefit of participation in future Games.

Athletics Australia President David Grace QC said it was appropriate to conduct a detailed review of the Glasgow campaign.

“Whilst Australia enjoyed some outstanding successes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, clearly we must acknowledge that there were a significant number of issues that arose which were a distraction for the athletics team,” said Grace.  “We recognise the need for there to be a detailed review of our Commonwealth Games campaign and have established appropriate Terms of Reference for such a review, which will take into account the feedback of all key stakeholders, including athletes, coaches and management. 

“We have appointed Chris Wardlaw to be the independent Chair of the Review Panel. Chris is highly regarded in the athletics community and the wider sporting community, and has had outstanding experience at the highest levels of management of athletics teams at major championships.  Chris understands high performance sport as both a former elite athlete and coach himself and has a career involving high level governmental and administrative roles.  We believe he will provide sound and fair direction to the review and ensure that the recommendations are in the best interests of the sport of athletics in this country.

“We have been liaising closely with the Australian Sports Commission throughout the process of establishing this review over the past few weeks and will continue to work with them towards the betterment of the sport,” Grace added.

It is anticipated that the Athletics Australia’s review of Glasgow will take approximately two months to conduct and detailed findings will be publicly released upon its completion.

Click here to view the full Terms of Reference for the Athletics Australia Review of the Glasgow 2014 Campaign.