CYCLING HIGH PERFORMANCE STRATEGIC PLAN - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - WestCycle

 
CYCLING HIGH PERFORMANCE STRATEGIC PLAN - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - WestCycle
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN
CYCLING
HIGH PERFORMANCE
STRATEGIC PLAN
CYCLING HIGH PERFORMANCE STRATEGIC PLAN - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - WestCycle
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WestCycle Incorporated

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Department of Sport and Recreation

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WestCycle would like to acknowledge
the contribution of the Western
Australian cycling community in the
development of this document.

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CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY             2
01 HIGH PERFORMANCE VISION    4
02 CURRENT ENVIRONMENTS       8
   Track                      9
   Road                      13
   Mountain Bike             17
   BMX                       21
03 FUTURE FOCUS              26
RESOURCES                    40
GLOSSARY                     44

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EXECUTIVE
    SUMMARY
WestCycle the peak body of cycling     their best in state, national and     development environment. Strong
in Western Australia has prepared      international competition.            consultation with the Western
this High Performance Plan to          In addition, the high performance     Australian Institute of Sport
help shape the successful future       environment must nurture and          (WAIS) and the development
of high performance cycling across     identify Western Australia’s next     of stronger centralised shared
all disciplines. This specific plan    generation of athletes, providing     resources pathways will result in
is focusing on the state talent        the right support at the right time   not only greater success at a high
development area (13-19 years of       to ensure Western Australian          performance level but also an
age.) All disciplines are aligned to   athletes continue to achieve          increase in participation numbers
the Winning Edge aims, which are:      international sporting success.       from grass roots upwards. The
Top 5 nation at the Olympic and        A successful high performance         plan includes an analysis of the
Paralympics. Number 1 nation at        environment at the state level will   current cycling environment across
the Commonwealth Games. 20+            help shape our national sporting      all disciplines followed by a future
World championships winners            success. It will also help create     focus that will showcase key
annually. WestCycle is central         a culture of “living excellence”      strategic outcomes as well as
to Western Australia’s high            for athletes, coaches, clubs,         a description of resource allocation,
performance system within cycling      officials and all stakeholders        operational objectives and key
and is responsible for delivering/     involved. Within this document        personnel required to create a
assisting with high performance        will be the vision and strategies     sustainable high performance
cycling. Our role is to create         required for WestCycle and all        cycling environment.
environments that support coaches,     our member associations to
athletes and teams to perform at       grow a sustainable state athlete

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METHODOLOGY
The Brian Miller review into high
                                                 WESTCYCLE HIGH PERFORMANCE VISION
performance cycling released in
April 2013 has been extensively
used throughout this document as
                                                             CYCLING
well as the Department of Sport        WAMBA     BMXWA                      WAIS         DSR
                                                            AUSTRALIA
and Recreation facilitated reviews
across all disciplines completed
in 2015. Key areas of concern
as well as opportunities have                                  CYCLE        PROFESSIONAL RACING
been identified from both the                                SPORT WA             TEAMS
report and further research. This
information has then been used
to create key strategic outcomes
that will help deliver a high           CLUBS    CLUBS        CLUBS
performance environment across
all cycling disciplines.
Additionally, the following
procedures/ stakeholders have          COACHES               COACHES
been engaged to provide direction
and informative opinions as to how
the high performance environment
should be shaped in WA. WestCycle
would like to thank all stakeholders
for their engagement and support
of the High Performance Plan.

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01 HIGH PERFORMANCE
    VISION

    STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
    CULTURE AND VALUES
    BENCHMARK TARGETS
Within this section, the current values and culture
of cycling in WA will be examined. From this, new
bench mark targets and goals will be identified to
measure the success of our planned state development
environment for all cycling disciplines.

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INTRODUCTION
Western Australian Cycling’s High         While this plan focus is 2016-2020    focus and the resources necessary
Performance Plan 2016-2020 will           some of the structure will have a     for us to deliver on our overarching
provide structure, investment,            long-term focus beyond 2020. We       goals and benchmark targets.
and accountability across all             believe these targets will serve      It is our vision that cycling at a
cycling disciplines in Western            to provide a clear focus and a        state level in Western Australian
Australia. It will identify where         strategically consistent approach     will significantly improve. This
investment is needed within               to operational decisions and          improvement will be measured via
cycling in order to provide a clear       investment. This plan covers the      the bench mark targets and KPI’s
focus on obtaining successful             sport’s high performance vision,      associated with the relevant state
outcomes at benchmark events.             the current environment, the future   development environment.

                               WestCycle TARGET:
                 Increase the number of West Australian Cyclists
                   winning medals at National Championships.

        # 1 ranked state across                    Minimum 2 athletes
        all disciplines by 2020.              transitioned to WAIS annually.

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OUR VISION
                                                                       To create a Western Australian high
                                                                  performance environment with strategic
                                                               alignment, strong culture and values which
                                                                in turn will create a champions mindset to
                                                             increase the number of National Champions.

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT                                           WESTCYCLE’S HIGH PERFORMANCE
An important aim of this plan is to ensure there is           VALUES
strategic alignment across all cycling disciplines as well    ƒƒ Commitment
as relevant National Sporting Associations (NSO). This        ƒƒ Holistic athlete development
alignment will provide clarity amongst our community          ƒƒ Resource maximisation
and ensure there is a shared strategic direction, vision      ƒƒ Collaboration
and focus across all our external stakeholders - this will    ƒƒ Communication
create optimisation of available resources.                   ƒƒ Integrity across our high performance programme.

CULTURE AND VALUES                                            DEVELOPMENT OF A CHAMPION
                                                              MINDSET
A key focus throughout the period of this plan will be on
the promotion of sound values and a positive culture.         Some people have a misconception about how
This High Performance Plan will adopt a new approach          champions think and act. They might be influenced by
to the culture of high performance cycling in Western         an extrovert who’s a champion. Yet the real champion
Australia. Based on sound values which are consistent         doesn’t go around beating their chest. The champion’s
with today’s environment and the principles of best           response is “It is about how I perform, winning is a by-
practice, which reflect the behavioural and cultural          product of performance on the day”.
standards to which we aspire.1

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BENCHMARK TARGETS
These benchmark targets below will be used as key measuring tools to assess the success of the high performance
environment of each discipline. These targets are subject to change and will be reviewed on a half yearly basis.

  DATE                  DISCIPLINE                EVENT       AGE BRACKET        TARGET
  Feb 2017              Track                     Nationals   U 17/U15           Podium >3
  Feb 2018              Track                     Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion
  Feb 2019              Track                     Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion >2
  Feb 2020              Track                     Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion > 4

  Sep 2017              Road                      Nationals   U 17/U15           Podium >3
  Sep 2018              Road                      Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion
  Sep 2019              Road                      Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion >2
  Sep 2020              Road                      Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion > 4

  Feb 2017              BMX                       Nationals   8-16 years*        Podium >6
  Feb 2018              BMX                       Nationals   8-16 years*        National Champion>1
  Feb 2019              BMX                       Nationals   8-16 years*        National Champion>2
  Feb 2020              BMX                       Nationals   8-16 years*        National Champion>4

  Mar 2017              MTB                       Nationals   U 17/U15           Podium >1
  Mar 2018              MTB                       Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion>1
  Mar 2019              MTB                       Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion>2
  Mar 2020              MTB                       Nationals   U 17/U15           National Champion>4

* BMX HP environment begins at 13 years of age.

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02 CURRENT
    ENVIRONMENTS

    SITUATION ANALYSIS
    PERFORMANCE BARRIERS
    ATHLETE PATHWAYS
Within this section of the plan, the current
environment of each discipline will be analysed. This
will result in the identification of performance barriers
and the creation of updated and documented athlete
development pathways.

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TRACK
CURRENT ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION
Track cycling dates from the             Western Australia has a
mid-to-late nineteenth century           rich history of success at
and is one of the oldest forms of        the Olympic level within the
cycle sport. With the exception of       track environment. Henk
the 1912 games, track cycling has        Vogel was the first track
featured at every edition of the         based representative at the
modern Olympics.                         1954 Olympics. Since the
Track cycling events fit into two        1984 Olympics held in Los
broad categories: sprint and             Angeles Australia has won a
endurance, with each typically           total of 30 medals across all
requiring different skill sets and       track events with 8 of them
physical attributes. Sprint events       gold and 2 of these gold
are raced individually or against        results coming from Western
one or more competitors and focus        Australian riders.2
on explosive power and high-             In 2016 our current class of         U19 Oceania 3x 2nd place).  The rest
speed skills over a small number         Western Australia Institute of       of the group have all set personal
of laps. Endurance events are held       Sport (WAIS) scholarship holders     best times or power in their
over longer distances and test the       within the track program are         development towards sporting
endurance abilities of individual        highly decorated. There are 3        improvement.3
or groups of riders. Track cycling       athletes who have been put           At a club level there are 2 major
offers the highest elite-level medal     on or are transitioning onto CA      clubs that our focused on track
count of the cycling disciplines, with   HPU scholarships (fully funded       racing - Midland Cycling Club
10 Olympic events and 19 events          positions for those athletes who     and Track Cycling WA. Both clubs
in the World Championships. Its          are tacking towards an Olympic       operate out of the velodrome
cross-training gains are also widely     medal) to be supported in Adelaide   located in Midvale. The Midvale
recognised, with training and racing     for international competition and    Speed Dome and WA local clubs
on the track consistently shown          preparation. We have 3 athletes      have contributed 25% of Australia’s
to build fitness, improve bike skills    who participated in Junior World     gold medals on the track since the
and technique and develop tactical       Championships in 2015 with           1980 Los Angeles Olympic games.
knowledge. Multiple elite road           Alex Rendell achieving a world
cyclists, including Greenmount-          title. Additional athletes who
born former national road and time       achieved national titles in 2015
trial champion Luke Durbridge            include (Jade Haines 6x, Darcy
and Kalamunda-born world team            Pirotta 1x, Craig Wiggins 1x), or
pursuit champion Melissa Hoskins,        who achieved their first national
have had prestigious track careers       and international podium (Kye
before moving to the road.               Bonser U17 National Podium and

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                                    Non-Elite                                                         Pre-Elite                                                      Elite
                              (Foundation Movement)                                             (Potential to be Elite)                                     (Senior International)

     FTEM Phases          F1                 F2                 F3                T1               T2              T3                T4                E1               E2                M1

                                         Extension and      Sport Specific
                          Basic                                                                                  Practicing      Breakthrough          Senior
                                          Refinement        Commitment        Demonstration       Talent                                                               Podium          Sustained
                        Movement                                                                                    and               and             National
                                         of Movement           and/or          of Potential     Verification                                                           Success        Success at E2
                       Foundations                                                                               Achieving          Reward         Representation
                                          Foundations        Competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                      CURRENT ATHLETE PATHWAY

                                          Participating                                           Potential
                                                                              Demonstrating                    Training within
                                           in organised                                        verified and                       Excelling at                         A Podium         Continued
                                                              Attending        HP potential                         MTBA
                       Learning the          skill and                                           embedded                        National series     Competing          finisher         Podium
                                                            coaching and/     from training,                      Under 17
     An athelete is   fundamentals        development                                             within a                         level and        at World Cup       at an elite     success over
                                                            or competition      competition                        Junior
                      of riding a bike   initiatives and/                                       state based                      accumulating          Events        international      4 years or
                                                                sessions       and/or talent                    Development
                                            or informal                                        development                         UCI Points                            event            more
                                                                                 ID testing                        Squad
                                         mountain biking                                          program

       Primary                               Cycling                                                           WAIS Cycling
                          Informal
                                           Australia’s                              WestCycle State             Programs/                  Cycling Australia’s High Preformance Unit and/or
     Development          settings                              Clubs
                                           Lets Ride                              Development Program          Professional                        Professional Road Cycling Teams.
                        (e.g family)
     Environment                            Program                                                             Road Team

                                                                                                                  National
                                                             Local events
                                                                                                                and Oceania        UCI World
                                                              and state
     Competition                                                                National Championship and      Champs, Junior      Cups and/        Olympic Games, UCI Elite World Championships
                              Non-competitive               based events;
                                                                                other national level events    World Champs       or other UCI             and ‘Monumental’ Road Events
       Target                                               National Junior
                                                                                                                 and/or UCI          events
                                                             Track Series
                                                                                                                   events

                                                                                                                                                     Potential
       Athlete                                                                                                   Emerging         Developing                                     Podium
                                          Participation                                Underpinning                                                   Podium
                                                                                                                  (AWE)             (AWE)                                         (AWE)
      Category                                                                                                                                         (AWE)
SITUATION ANALYSIS

 STRENGTHS                                              WEAKNESSES

 ƒƒ The success of WA athletes at an elite level.       ƒƒ The lack of marketing of the sport- When are
 ƒƒ The level of volunteerism across the clubs-            sessions on, where can I access this information
    people willing to give their time to the sport.        as a rider?

 ƒƒ WAIS involvement with elite riders as well as       ƒƒ Further opportunities needed for coaches to
    assisting in the state (Club-T-2 space).               become professional.

 ƒƒ Very strong junior clubs that support and           ƒƒ Number of competitions and level of competitions
    nurture young cyclists.                                is not adequate for a performance environment.

 ƒƒ A small environment that creates a personal feel    ƒƒ Lack of pathways and evidence or a young rider
    for all athletes striving towards mastery status.      to stay in the sport and keep their dream alive.

 ƒƒ Shared services between WestCycle and               ƒƒ The distance and cost of travelling to national
    CycleSport Western Australia.                          level events.
                                                        ƒƒ Only 1 current velodrome in WA.

 OPPORTUNITIES                                          THREATS

 ƒƒ Coaching environment can be up skilled and          ƒƒ Pressure put on volunteers is significant due
    professionalised.                                      the large amount needed for competitions. If
 ƒƒ There is a lot of upside as there has been             volunteerism decreases this will have a negative
    relative success without a defined environment         effect on events.
    – this will only improve once we improve T1-T3.     ƒƒ Single velodrome in WA.
 ƒƒ Creation of a bike education and inter school       ƒƒ Loss of athletes to other sports due to the lack
    competition which will have spinoffs as a talent       of a defined state based training environment.
    identification.                                     ƒƒ Junior numbers at several cycling clubs are
 ƒƒ Transfer of disciplines BMX/Road/MTB.                  decreasing if this continues into the future clubs
 ƒƒ Shared High Performance resource servicing             face a huge challenge.
    all disciplines.                                    ƒƒ General lack of direction for track cycling at
                                                           a national level.4 & 5

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PERFORMANCE BARRIERS
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION                     QUALITY OF HOME                         as well as inadequate coaching and
The geographic isolation of WA and      COACHES                                 officials’ pathways has resulted in
the vast distances to competition       With our ties to WAIS we are lucky      a lack of retention of track cyclists
both nationally and internationally     to have a small number of high          within club-based environments.
creates a barrier for track athletes    quality track coaches in WA. This
based in WA. This can result in         small number is an area of concern.     REGIONAL ATHLETES
Western Australian athletes not         HP coaches play a key role in the       We have a history of regional
being exposed to enough high            development of athletes. Currently,     athletes performing successfully
performance level competition. This     within the track pathway there is       at the national level. Time spent
creates a greater requirement on        no state coach or anyone who has        on the track is an integral part of
the local racing scene at state level   accountability for the transition of    the development for both road
to provide adequate competition.        athletes into WAIS scholarships.        and track athletes. From a track
                                        There is no identified pathway for      perspective, regional athletes are
LACK OF A QUALITY                       coaches or athletes to progress         not adequately serviced and these
TRACK FACILITY                          from club level to state coach level.   athletes face an enormous task to
The Midvale SpeedDome is half way                                               stay level with the metropolitan-
through its build life and is clearly   UNDERSTANDING OF                        based athletes. Change is needed
not supporting Western Australia’s      HIGH PERFORMANCE                        in this area in the form of a training
push towards producing Olympic          REQUIREMENTS AND                        facility or the availability of suitable
track champions. Regardless of its      ENVIRONMENTS                            grants for regional athletes.
geographical location, the Perth        Within track cycling in general
SpeedDome is not an adequate high       there is a low understanding            COMPETITIONS
performance training environment        amongst the cycling community           There is no current state series of
for our talented athletes, and as per   of what constitutes a high              events for track cyclists. There are
UCI regulations is not currently fit    performance environment and the         designated track racing days at the
to host a world championship level      requirements and commitment it          club level but these lack promotion
event. In comparison to other states    takes to be successful or deliver       to the wider community. There is
and taking into account the number      outcomes. This includes the daily       a lack of transparency as to who
of track riders in WA, we are in need   training environment, training          can race in these days and what
of a new velodrome as facilities play   load, technical elements, body          level they are at. Due to Western
an integral role in the development     maintenance, dietary requirements,      Australia’s isolation, track cyclists
of high performance athletes.4          coaching philosophies and tactics,      often lack variety within the
During writing of this strategic        engagement and integration of           competitions as well and always
plan an upgrade to the Midvale          support services and the overall        seem to be racing against the
SpeedDome was announced.                accountability and responsibility for   same riders. There is also a lack of
                                        performance and preparation.            information on events, when they
                                                                                are running and general promotion
                                        RETENTION/TRANSFER                      of events.
                                        OF ATHLETES
                                        Track and BMX disciplines are both
                                        sprint-based events. Currently there
                                        are no initiatives or programmes in
                                        place to encourage athletes from
                                        these disciplines to experience the
                                        other. There is significant evidence
                                        in the form of past and current
                                        Olympic champions that shows
                                        the benefits of a transferable
                                        environment. The lack of a current
                                        state-based training environment

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ROAD
CURRENT ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION
Dating from at least the mid             gender, performance level e.g.          Western Australia has had
nineteenth century, road racing is       from high-level A Grade through         significant success on the world
the oldest form of cycle sport. The      to beginner’s/juniors F Grade) or       stage within the road racing
first recognised road race world         age (e.g. open or masters, under        discipline. In the last 20 years
championship was held in 1893            17, Under 15 etc.) and this provides    WA has produced a vast number
and the discipline has featured          opportunities and fair competition      of road racing champions. From
in every edition of the modern           for different types of riders. Grades   Barry Waddell in the 1960’s who
Olympic Games.                           typically compete over the same         won a record 5 straight Herald Sun
Road racing takes place on a variety     course, although there can be           tours from 1964 to1968 as well as
of courses with different course         variation in course configurations      winning the Australian National
lengths, styles and terrains (e.g.       and race durations and lengths.         Road Title in 1964 and 1968 through
flat, rolling, hilly etc.), therefore    There are three broad types of road     to Henk Vogels Jnr. who retired in
offering a range of experiences and      races in Western Australia:             2008 after winning the Australian
providing opportunities for riders                                               National Road Title in 1999 as well
                                         ƒƒ Road race
with different skill sets and physical                                           as finishing third in the 21st stage of
                                         ƒƒ Criterium – short course racing
attributes. In Western Australia,                                                the 1997 Tour de France.5
                                         ƒƒ Time trial
road races are usually graded by

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                                    Non-Elite                                                         Pre-Elite                                                     Elite
                              (Foundation Movement)                                             (Potential to be Elite)                                    (Senior International)

     FTEM Phases          F1                 F2                 F3                T1               T2             T3                T4                E1               E2                M1

                                         Extension and      Sport Specific
                          Basic                                                                                  Practicing     Breakthrough          Senior
                                          Refinement        Commitment        Demonstration       Talent                                                              Podium          Sustained
                        Movement                                                                                    and              and             National
                                         of Movement           and/or          of Potential     Verification                                                          Success        Success at E2
                       Foundations                                                                               Achieving         Reward         Representation
                                          Foundations        Competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                     CURRENT ATHLETE PATHWAY

                                          Participating                                           Potential
                                                                              Demonstrating
                                           in organised                                        verified and      Training        Excelling at                         A Podium         Continued
                                                              Attending        HP potential
                       Learning the          skill and                                           embedded      within WAIS      National series     Competing          finisher         Podium
                                                            coaching and/     from training,
     An athelete is   fundamentals        development                                             within a       or State         level and        at World Cup       at an elite     success over
                                                            or competition      competition
                      of riding a bike   initiatives and/                                       state based    Development      accumulating          Events        international      4 years or
                                                                sessions       and/or talent
                                            or informal                                        development     environment.       UCI Points                            event            more
                                                                                 ID testing
                                         mountain biking                                          program

       Primary                               Cycling                                                           WAIS Cycling
                          Informal
                                           Australia’s                              WestCycle State             Programs/                 Cycling Australia’s High Preformance Unit and/or
     Development          settings                              Clubs
                                           Lets Ride                              Development Program          Professional                       Professional Road Cycling Teams.
                        (e.g family)
     Environment                            Program                                                             Road Team

                                                                                                                  National
                                                             Local events
                                                                                                                and Oceania       UCI World
                                                              and state
     Competition                                                                National Championship and      Champs, Junior     Cups and/        Olympic Games, UCI Elite World Championships
                              Non-competitive               based events;
                                                                                other national level events    World Champs      or other UCI             and ‘Monumental’ Road Events
       Target                                               National Junior
                                                                                                                 and/or UCI         events
                                                             Track Series
                                                                                                                   events

                                                                                                                                                    Potential
       Athlete                                                                                                   Emerging        Developing                                     Podium
                                          Participation                                Underpinning                                                  Podium
                                                                                                                  (AWE)            (AWE)                                         (AWE)
      Category                                                                                                                                        (AWE)
SITUATION ANALYSIS

 STRENGTHS                                              WEAKNESSES

 ƒƒ The success of WA athletes at an elite level.       ƒƒ Lack of marketing the sport- when are sessions
 ƒƒ The level of volunteerism across the clubs-            on? Where can I access this information as a rider?
    people willing to give their time to the sport.     ƒƒ Lack of a facility in terms of designated racing
 ƒƒ Professional road racing national series               tracks or criterium.
    teams exist in WA giving young riders an elite      ƒƒ The level and variety of competitions is not
    environment.                                           adequate for a performance environment.
 ƒƒ 2-3 very strong junior clubs that support and       ƒƒ There is no current pathway for a young rider to
    nurture young cyclists.                                stay in the sport and keep their dream alive.
 ƒƒ Shared services between WestCycle and
    CycleSport Western Australia.

 OPPORTUNITIES                                          THREATS

 ƒƒ Coaching environment can be up skilled and the      ƒƒ The pressure put on volunteers is significant due
    spin off affect this will have on athletes.            the large amount needed for competitions. This
 ƒƒ There is a lot of upside as there has been             could fall away.
    relative success without a defined environment      ƒƒ Loss of athletes to other sports due to the lack
    – this will only improve once we improve T1-T3.        of a defined state based training environment.
 ƒƒ Creation of a high school league, which will have   ƒƒ Junior numbers at several cycling clubs are
    spinoffs as a ID initiative.                           continually decreasing, this has been an
 ƒƒ New facilities and the positive effect this will       ongoing problem and needs to be addressed
    have on the sport.                                     immediately.

 ƒƒ Shared High Performance resource servicing          ƒƒ The growth of teams taking away from the club
    all disciplines.                                       environment.
                                                        ƒƒ Races becoming more about team success rather
                                                           than individual performance.4 & 5

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PERFORMANCE BARRIERS
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION                     UNDERSTANDING OF                       a satisfactory level. They also
Similar to track athletes, the          HIGH PERFORMANCE                       require constant exposure to
majority of national road               REQUIREMENTS AND                       metro/interstate based competition
competition can be found on the         ENVIRONMENTS                           and relevant funding opportunities
eastern seaboard. As WA has no set      With the emergence of professional     to help offset the cost of additional
road racing tracks the geographical     racing teams in WA the                 travel to and from events.5
location becomes more of an issue       understanding and implementation
due lack of available infrastructure    of a high performance environment      COMPETITIONS
that can be used for a daily high       appears to be improving. Further       There are currently 28 road races
performance training environment        effort is required in fostering the    on offer for junior riders in WA.
                                        relationships between professional     These range from open road races
LACK OF A QUALITY ROAD                  teams and clubs. This needs a          through to criterium based events.
RACING FACILITY                         high performance mentality that        Most events have a basic grading
As criterium format of racing           the athlete’s development is the       system however with such a small
increases in popularity, there is       number one priority within all         number of entrants some events
a significant need for Western          decision-making processes. There       are often combined or cancelled
Australia to develop a cohesive,        is currently no state-based training   which leaves a gap in the level of
planned network of accessible,          environment or pathways that           competition provided. The grading
sustainable and appropriate short       indicate how an athlete moves          systems, promotion of events and
course tracks (1 to 5 km). This         through each stage of development.     long term event strategy must
network should include existing,                                               be looked at in order to increase
revitalised and new facilities, with    RETENTION/TRANSFER                     participation rates.
all course tracks evaluated for their   OF ATHLETES
suitability for upgrading and use.      At a grass roots club level
Longer distance road races also         more must be done to create
require greater strategic direction     an environment that nurtures
as these play an integral role in the   young athletes and provides
development of cyclists across all      them with knowledge and skills
disciplines. Training areas that are    in order to progress along the
safe and traffic free are required      development pathway. There
for developmental riders as well as     is also no programme in place
access to roads for racing that are     that encourages road riders to
supported and protected by local        experience track and mountain
government                              bike disciplines- there has been
                                        significant evidence that these
QUALITY OF HOME                         disciplines are interchangeable.
COACHES
The road racing coaching                REGIONAL ATHLETES
environment is made up of both          Bryce Lanagahn, Connor Lambert
club-based coaches and private          and Craig Wiggins are all regional
businesses. Currently in WA we          road athletes who are or have
require an increase in grass roots      competed at a national level. This
level coaches at the club level which   is evidence that regional athletes
will in turn increase the number of     have the capacity to win national
riders progressing through to the       championships however they
high performance end. There is          require further support. Regional
currently no state coach overseeing     road athletes require a complete
all WA coaches with support and         daily training environment, which is
professional development.               currently not being delivered at

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MOUNTAIN BIKE
CURRENT ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION
Mountain biking (MTB) is one of      Olympic games in Atlanta. Tour de       The local MTB environment consists
the world’s fastest growing sports   France champion Cadel Evans was         of member-based clubs that are
and Western Australia is following   Australia’s first MTB representative    involved in the development of
the trend.                           at the 1996 summer games finishing      MTB across all ages and disciplines.
19% of Western Australians own       a very competitive 9th place.           Currently in WA there are 13
a mountain bike and this figure is   From a local perspective, Western       member-based clubs which are
on the rise. Mountain bike racing    Australian born Sam Hill is a           affiliated with WAMBA located
became an Olympic discipline in      professional downhill mountain bike     throughout WA.
1996 and a cross-country type        rider. He is a three time downhill
mountain biking race has been held   world champion having won the
ever since its debut at the summer   world titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010.6

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                                    Non-Elite                                                         Pre-Elite                                                       Elite
                              (Foundation Movement)                                             (Potential to be Elite)                                      (Senior International)

     FTEM Phases          F1                 F2                F3                T1                T2               T3                T4                E1              E2                M1

                                         Extension and      Sport Specific
                          Basic                                                                                   Practicing      Breakthrough          Senior
                                          Refinement        Commitment       Demonstration        Talent                                                               Podium          Sustained
                        Movement                                                                                     and               and             National
                                         of Movement           and/or         of Potential      Verification                                                           Success        Success at E2
                       Foundations                                                                                Achieving          Reward         Representation
                                          Foundations        Competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                      CURRENT ATHLETE PATHWAY

                                          Participating                                            Potential
                                                                             Demonstrating                      Training within
                                           in organised                                         verified and                       Excelling at                        A Podium        Continued
                                                              Attending       HP potential                           MTBA
                       Learning the          skill and                                            embedded                        National series     Competing         finisher        Podium
                                                            coaching and/    from training,                        Under 17
     An athelete is   fundamentals        development                                              within a                         level and        at World Cup      at an elite    success over
                                                            or competition     competition                          Junior
                      of riding a bike   initiatives and/                                        state based                      accumulating          Events       international     4 years or
                                                                sessions      and/or talent                      Development
                                            or informal                                         development                         UCI Points                           event           more
                                                                                ID testing                          Squad
                                         mountain biking                                           program

       Primary                           Basic coaching
                          Family/                                                                                 MTBA High
                                           at club or                             Part of the WAMBA                                         Mountain Bike Australia High Performance Unit/
     Development         informal                               Clubs                                            Performance
                                            informal                              Development Squad                                                        Australian Teams
                       environment                                                                               Environment
     Environment                          environment

                                                                                                                National Series
                                                                              Top 5 finishes in state series,   Top 5 finishes/   Accumulation
     Competition                                            Local events/                                                                                World Championships Australian Team
                              Non-competitive                                 National series participation,      Australian        of 20 UCI
                                                             State series                                                                                      Australian Olympic Team
       Target                                                                    WA Junior State Team              National          Points
                                                                                                                Championship

                                                                                                                                                      Potential
       Athlete                                                                                                    Emerging         Developing                                    Podium
                                          Participation                               Underpinning                                                     Podium
                                                                                                                   (AWE)             (AWE)                                        (AWE)
      Category                                                                                                                                          (AWE)
SITUATION ANALYSIS

 STRENGTHS                                              WEAKNESSES

 ƒƒ The rapid increase in MTB participation across      ƒƒ A lack of direction and cohesion between
    all age levels.                                        MTBA and other states within the talent/HP
 ƒƒ Appealing sport to the young generation as it is       environment.
    fast and action based.                              ƒƒ No state team or centralized training
 ƒƒ Investment into new trails at a state based level      environment for those riders looking to move
    has increased and plans are in place to increase       along the athlete pathway.
    trails throughout WA.                               ƒƒ No current transparent and structured high
 ƒƒ The creation of the Mountain Bike strategy and         performance environment.
    the current investment into MTB.
 ƒƒ Shared services between WestCycle and Western
    Australia Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA).

 OPPORTUNITIES                                          THREATS

 ƒƒ There is no performance environment and no          ƒƒ Losing athletes and coaches to other states due
    direction nationally this allows WA to become          to the lack of HP environment.
    the first completed environment.                    ƒƒ Coaching development pathways need to be
 ƒƒ Strategies and plans have been created to grow         implemented to assist HP pathways.
    the sport significantly in the next 5 years.        ƒƒ Lack of funding sources to maintain a
 ƒƒ Shared High Performance resource servicing all         development environment.4 & 5
    disciplines.

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PERFORMANCE BARRIERS
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION                     accreditations are provided from        clubs lack exposure to a daily high
Majority of MTB competition is          a national level. There is no state     performance environment in both
based on the eastern seaboard with      coach and or talent development         a training and competition aspect.
a maximum of only one national          network of coaches. This lack           There is also a lack of communication
series event in WA each year. This      of a cohesive coach education           and understanding of regional
lack of a major competition is a        environment will continue to            junior riders and their current
significant issue for aspiring MTB      have a negative effect on the           performances, abilities and talent.
riders. There is a state series style   high performance state-based
calendar for both downhill and          environment unless it is changed.       COMPETITIONS
cross country disciplines.              There are currently 38 registered       Similar to the other disciplines, MTB
                                        MTBA coaches residing in WA             access to competition in regional
                                        with only 2 of them being level         WA from a high performance
                                        2 accredited which would be             perspective is not adequate. There
                                        considered as a high performance        is a state series of events however
                                        coach.6                                 these events do not link to any form
                                                                                of performance pathway, criteria
                                        UNDERSTANDING OF                        or selection process. The events
                                        HIGH PERFORMANCE                        themselves also do not indicate
                                        REQUIREMENTS AND                        whether they are for a beginner,
                                        ENVIRONMENTS                            intermediate or advanced rider. 7
                                        From a state governing body
                                        perspective there is no current
                                        high performance environment
                                        within Western Australia. There
                                        are several professional coaching
                                        companies who are filling this gap
                                        at the moment to the best of their
                                        abilities with limited resources.6

                                        RETENTION/TRANSFER
                                        OF ATHLETES
                                        Retention of athletes who are
                                        progressing towards being part of
                                        a high performance environment
LACK OF A QUALITY                       is a major concern for MTB in
TRAILS                                  Western Australia. These athletes
There is currently no infrastructure    are forced to relocate to the eastern
and/or trails that would be capable     states due to the lack of a daily
of hosting a UCI event in Western       high performance environment in
Australia. Currently in Western         Western Australia. There are also
Australia, there are 26 MTB trails      no direct programmes to link in with
with many of them not adequately        BMX and or Track cycling to create a
maintained or underdeveloped            transfer of athlete programme.
to service the high performance
athlete.                                REGIONAL ATHLETES
                                        MTB is well represented in regional
QUALITY OF HOME                         WA from a club perspective with
COACHES                                 11 of the 14 clubs based in regional
Currently in WA there is no             WA. Similar to metropolitan-
coach education pathway as all          based athletes, riders from these

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BMX
CURRENT ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION                           Bunbury Western Australia is              2012 Games where she finished
                                       currently the highest profile BMX         a creditable 15th. BMX Sports
BMX was derived from Motocross
                                       athlete to have come through our          Western Australia is the peak
Racing. BMX bicycle races are sprint
                                       system. Reynolds finished 2nd at the      organisation for the sport of BMX
races on purpose-built single lap
                                       2011 Australian Championships in          racing in Western Australia, and
race tracks. The track is usually
                                       Cairns, Australia. She finished 11th at   currently has 20 affiliated clubs
between 300 – 400m and consists
                                       the 2011 BMX World Championships          across the state. They currently
of a ramp-style starting gate for
                                       in Copenhagen, Denmark.                   manage a high performance state-
up to eight racers, and is made of
                                       Reynolds was selected to represent        based environment catering for
various jumps and rollers and a
                                       Australia in the individual BMX           athletes 14-19 years of age. 7
finish line.
                                       competition at the 2012 Summer            Lauren Reynolds also represented
BMX racing became a medal sport
                                       Olympics She was one of five              Australia at the 2016 Olympics.
at the 2008 Summer Olympics in
                                       Australian BMX riders selected
Beijing under the UCI sanctioning
                                       to represent the country at the
body. Lauren Reynolds from

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                                    Non-Elite                                                        Pre-Elite                                                      Elite
                              (Foundation Movement)                                            (Potential to be Elite)                                     (Senior International)

     FTEM Phases          F1                 F2                 F3                T1              T2               T3               T4               E1                E2               M1

                                         Extension and       Sport Specific
                          Basic                                                                                  Practicing      Breakthrough        Senior
                                          Refinement         Commitment       Demonstration      Talent                                                               Podium          Sustained
                        Movement                                                                                    and               and           National
                                         of Movement            and/or         of Potential    Verification                                                           Success        Success at E2
                       Foundations                                                                               Achieving          Reward       Representation
                                          Foundations         Competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                      CURRENT ATHLETE PATHWAY

                                          Participating                                           Potential
                                                                              Demonstrating                    Training within
                                           in organised                                        verified and                                                           A Podium         Continued
                                                               Attending       HP potential                        BMXA
                       Learning the          skill and                                           embedded                          Excelling       Competing           finisher         Podium
     Phases and                                              coaching and/    from training,                      Under 19
                      fundamentals        development                                             within a                        at National     at World Cup        at an elite     success over
                                                             or competition     competition                        Junior
     description      of riding a bike   initiatives and/                                       state based                       series level       Events         international      4 years or
                                                                 sessions      and/or talent                    Development
                                            or informal                                        development                                                              event            more
                                                                                 ID testing                        Squad
                                         mountain biking                                          program

                       Learning the       Participating                                                                           Scholarship
                                                                                 Effective                        Effective      holder within                                        A consistent
                      fundamentals         in organised
                                                                              identification                   development         the BMXA       An Australian                          podium
                          of riding      skill initiatives   A member of a                        Effective
                                                                               of HP talent                      of pre-elite    Development     representative       A podium        finisher over
                          a bicycle       (e.g. Sprocket     local BMX club                    confirmation
                                                                                 via State                        athletes         Academy.           at the       finisher at the   multiple High
                        through the           Rocket          and attending                     of potential
     An athelete is                                                             Teams and                         Academy            Podium      Olympics and/     Olympics and/      Performance
                          BMX Mini       Program/ club        coaching and                        HP talent
                                                                                 National                      rider who has        rewards.       or UCI Elite      or UCI Elite     cycles at the
                          Wheeler        coaching) and/        competition                      (entry point
                                                                                 Shadow                        achieved a set    Invitation to   World Champs.     World Champs.     Olympics and/
                        Program or       or unorganised      in Club/State/                    to the BMXA
                                                                              Squad and/or                      benchmark/        HP camps.                                            or UCI Elite
                         from other      BMX activities          National                      Development                                        AWE Podium          Podium
                                                                              National level                    performance                                                          World Champs.
                          mediums           (e.g. riding      events/Series                      Academy)                            AWE         Potential A & B
                                                                              competition/                     standard and
                       (e.g. parents,       around the                                                                            Developing                                            Podium
                                                                              performance                          results
                      teachers, etc.)    neighbourhood                                                                           and Emerging
SITUATION ANALYSIS

 STRENGTHS                                              WEAKNESSES

 ƒƒ The large number of competitions across all         ƒƒ Accountability measures for those in the state
    age groups.                                            development environment need to be developed
 ƒƒ A State development environment and culture            as to what is actually being delivered.
    already exists.                                     ƒƒ It is relatively unknown at a club level as to what
 ƒƒ The current use of external providers such             happens within the state environment.
    as Strength and Conditioning coaches and            ƒƒ Coach accountability and “buy in” to the state
    biomechanical experts within local universities.       programme requires work as there appears to
                                                           be a lack of cohesion.
                                                        ƒƒ Clubs require education on what talent
                                                           development is and what their coaches should
                                                           be looking for.

 OPPORTUNITIES                                          THREATS

 ƒƒ Professionalise and further developing the          ƒƒ Clubs and coaches supporting the environment
    current state environment will result in WA            in the long term.
    becoming a power house in the sport.                ƒƒ The ability to financially support the HP
 ƒƒ Creating a shared resource with other disciplines      programme under the current self funded model.
    which will result in less budgetary constraints.    ƒƒ Coach development and retention and the
 ƒƒ The setup of a talent ID system will allow BMX         development of coaches within the high
    to integrate the state development environment         performance environment is currently very low. 4 & 5
    with local clubs and coaches.
 ƒƒ Engagement in a shared services model with
    WestCycle.
 ƒƒ Shared High Performance resource servicing
    all disciplines.

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PERFORMANCE BARRIERS
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION                     facility with an 8 metre ramp which      to be addressed in order to create
Similar to all disciplines, the         is necessary to truly practise in        complete buy-in from all local clubs.
majority of BMX coaching/               an environment similar to that at
competition/development takes           national events.7                        RETENTION/ TRANSITION
place on the eastern seaboard.                                                   OF ATHLETES
BMXWA have created a high               UNDERSTANDING OF                         Currently there are no transfer of
performance culture and do offer
                                        HIGH PERFORMANCE                         athlete programmes involving BMX
an environment that attempts
                                        REQUIREMENTS AND                         and other disciplines such as track
to minimise the geographical
                                        ENVIRONMENTS                             or MTB riding. Without a purpose-
isolation of WA. There is significant   There is a current high performance      built training facility, many high
investment made in accompanying         environment in place that gives the      performance athletes are forced to
riders to events over east.             athletes support in areas both on        train on the eastern seaboard due to
                                        and off the track. This environment      the lack of an 8 metre ramp in WA.7
LACK OF A QUALITY                       requires further support and
FACILITY                                direction in regards to both the         REGIONAL ATHLETES
From a local club perspective,          delivery of the service but also in
                                                                                 BMX is well represented in regional
BMX athletes are well serviced          the promotion and transparency to
                                                                                 WA with Bunbury being the major
throughout WA. There is still           the local clubs. Selection criteria of
                                                                                 hub in terms of a facility in WA.
however a lack of a central training    both coaches and athletes needs
                                                                                 Athletes in the South West region
                                                                                 need to engage with the regional
                                                                                 talent development programme
                                                                                 and this needs to occur in all other
                                                                                 regional areas as well. BMX is
                                                                                 hugely popular in regional WA and
                                                                                 this growth must be administered
                                                                                 and the talent must be managed as
                                                                                 these athletes are often over looked
                                                                                 due to the lack of resources.

                                                                                 COMPETITIONS
                                                                                 There is a range of competitions
                                                                                 for BMX athletes across each age
                                                                                 group bracket. There are initiatives
                                                                                 in places to allow for competition
                                                                                 to begin at a very young age and
                                                                                 there is the use of competitions in
                                                                                 the selection of state teams. Super
                                                                                 Series is a State Racing Round.
                                                                                 There are between 8 - 10 events per
                                                                                 year, with several occurring in the
                                                                                 country. These events can attract
                                                                                 up 450+ riders competing in the
                                                                                 one-day event. Riders who compete
                                                                                 at all of these events, including
                                                                                 the required country rounds, will
                                                                                 qualify for an overall ranking for the
                                                                                 entire series.

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SUMMARY
It is clear that all disciplines have
both a lack of resources and
understanding of what is required
to operate a successful high
performance environment. In order
to adress this, all disciplines must
fall under a coordinated and aligned
high performance model. Current
problems that have been identified:
ƒƒ No overarching approach to high
   performance cycling with each
   discipline operating in isolation of
   each other.
ƒƒ Inconsistent decision making
   processes.
ƒƒ Lack of communication flow
   between clubs, coaches and state
   bodies.
ƒƒ There is no cross discipline
   environment to act as a talent
   identification tool.
ƒƒ Minimal coach education
   opportunities exist.
ƒƒ There is minimal transparency
   and a lack of understanding
   around state team/state squad
   selection across the disciplines.
ƒƒ Each discipline needs to acquire
   its own state coach and relevant
   training environment with a High
   Performance Manager in charge
   of all operational aspects.

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03 FUTURE FOCUS

     STRATEGIES
     PRIORITIES - TIME FRAMES
     STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
This part of the plan will focus on the 7 key strategies that
will govern and provide direction for our state development
environment. Investment models and engagement of
relevant stakeholders will also be discussed.

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OUR VISION
Create a Western Australian high
performance environment with
strategic alignment, strong culture
and values with a champions
mindset to increase the number of
national champions.

FUTURE FOCUS                            STRATEGIES
The future of high performance          1. Effective monitoring procedures of athletes/coaches and clubs.
cycling across all disciplines
                                        2. Development of a complete athlete development pathway/state
requires key strategic direction
                                           based training environment.
in order to create a sustainable
environment that not only               3. Development of stronger ties with Regional Talent Development
maximises the resources available          Network programmes.
but also creates an accountable
                                        4.Creation of extended competition pathways to include schools
and transparent environment for
riders who are located both in          5. Creation of FTEM pathways for all disciplines
metropolitan and regional WA.           6. Coach development pathway and mentoring coach programme
The below 7 strategies will help           to be created.
deliver the vision and benefit the
                                        7. Stronger ties to be formed with WAIS, CA, BMXA, and MTBA and
cycling community from grass
                                           creation of a HPAG group.
roots participation through to the
development of future Olympic and
world championship gold medallists.
Key priorities, time frames and
objectives have been developed in
order to successfully deliver each of
these strategic outcomes.

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STRATEGIES                              The cycling-specific components       will holistically assist the
                                        are:                                  environment by
1. Effective monitoring procedures
                                        ƒƒ Tactical                           ƒƒ Make cycling enjoyable for the
   of athletes/coaches and clubs.
                                        ƒƒ Physical                              participant
   The sport needs to look at a
                                        ƒƒ Technical                          ƒƒ Create a pathway of
   monitoring and communication
                                        ƒƒ Psychological                         development of cyclists across
   tool to be used with athletes and
                                        These are then combined with             all disciplines
   coaches. All state-based athletes
                                        the below attributes:                 ƒƒ Allow for cyclists to transfer
   and relevant coaches must have
                                                                                 between disciplines
   access to this programme as          ƒƒ Social                             ƒƒ Recruit and retain athletes
   well as relevant State Sporting      ƒƒ Parental                              within programs
   Associations (SSA), WAIS and         ƒƒ Educative                          ƒƒ Create an understanding of an
   National Sporting Organisation       ƒƒ Competitive                           athletes “developmental “age
   staff.                               ƒƒ Commitment                            and where they sit within the
2. Development of a complete            The four stages of the Athlete           athlete pathway.
  athlete development pathway/          Development environment
                                                                            3. Development of stronger
  state based training environment.     There are four proposed distinct      ties with Regional Talent
  A complete athlete development        stages in the cycling development     Development Network
  environment is required to be         environment.                          programmes.
  created that will include athletes,   They are:
                                                                              Stronger ties must be developed
  coaches, officials, competition,      ƒƒ Learn to ride (3–6years)           with the Regional Talent
  clubs and parents involved in the     ƒƒ Progress (7–13 years)              Development Network (DSR)
  cycling development journey.          ƒƒ Develop (14–17 years)              programmes. This network is set
  The athlete development               ƒƒ Performance (17+ years)            up to support regional athletes
  environment will showcase roles       The environment must be               working with State Sporting
  and responsibilities for everyone     developed to guide an athlete         Associations. We must identify
  involved in delivering the sport of   and their support team in             regional talented athletes then
  cycling across all disciplines and    understanding the key skills          link them with their nearest RTD
  at all levels. It looks to develop    to that are required at the           programme to give the athlete
  the individual by covering all        major milestones in a cyclist’s       the support they require.
  areas that focus on both cycling      development. This information
  specific and personal attributes.                                         4. Creation of extended
                                                                              competition pathways to include
                                                                              schools
                                                                              There needs to be a broader
                                                                              competition pathway for athletes
                                                                              across all disciplines and stages
                                                                              of the FTEM model. A high school
                                                                              cycling programme can add to the
                                                                              competition pathway as well as
                                                                              act as a talent search tool. It can
                                                                              also help with a cross discipline
                                                                              model of athletes competing
                                                                              across all disciplines.

                                                                            5. Creation of FTEM pathways for
                                                                              all disciplines
                                                                              The Foundations, Talent, Elite
                                                                              & Mastery (FTEM) model is a
                                                                              user-friendly framework of
                                                                              athlete development that is
                                                                              representative of the “whole of

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sport” pathway continuum and            Foundations (F1, F2 and F3);         6. Coach development pathway and
integrates common and unique            Talent (T1, T2, T3 and T4);            mentoring coach programme to
phases of development for               Elite (E1 and E2); and                 be created.
participants at the active lifestyle,   Mastery (M). While athlete-            Coach development pathways
sport and high performance sport        centric, the framework has been        need to become clearer as well
phases. It provides a practical         designed to encapsulate the            as opportunities for coaches to
method to assist sporting               holistic and integrated nature of      upskill across disciplines. A coach
stakeholders to construct a more        development through the specific       mentor programme must be set
functional athlete and sport            differentiation of the development     up within the state development
development system.                     transition, performance, process,      environment to allow succession
The FTEM model is essentially           acknowledgement and recognition        plans for future state coaches
integrative and representative          of complementary factors               as well as upskilling the general
of the greater Australian sports        supporting athlete development         coaching environment.
system in that it not only focuses      such as coaching, resource and
                                        organisational support.              7. Stronger ties to be formed with
on the high performance pathway
                                                                                WAIS, CA, BMXA, and MTBA and
but also is inclusive and formally      The FTEM framework offers a
                                                                                creation of a HPAG group.
recognises the importance and           practical planning and review tool
                                                                                This strategy looks at building
contribution of ‘Active Lifestyle’      for cycling and each individual
                                                                                and strengthening our
activities and ‘Recreational            discipline should adopt the
                                                                                relationship with WAIS and the
Sport’. The model acknowledges          framework to be aligned with
                                                                                key disciplines and departments
the critical importance of the          the Australia Sports Commission
                                                                                that can provide or add expertise
acquisition and refinement of           (ASC) as well as other sports
                                                                                to the organisation. Greater ties
fundamental movement skills             to allow a cross over of talent
                                                                                with NSO bodies will allow for
to lifelong sports participation        if possible. Note: Ideally, the
                                                                                more continuity across programs
and high performance athlete            cycling-specific FTEM model
                                                                                as well as best practice at the
development.                            should be developed by the
                                                                                state level with guidance from
As demonstrated, the FTEM               National Sporting Organisation
                                                                                NSO’s. The formation of a High
framework consists of 4                 (NSO) and then rolled out for
                                                                                Performance Advisory Group
macro stages of the skill and           implementation in the States.
                                                                                will help shape and guide the
performance development of              In the absence of this, then WA
                                                                                environment.
sporting participants, which            needs to consider the FTEM
are further differentiated into         framework when creating
10 micro phases. These are              development programs.

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STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
MISSION STATEMENT                           ƒƒ Transitioning ‘potential’ into
The State Development                          ‘talent’ by developing, reinforcing
Environment (SDE) involves                     and monitoring positive training
the systematic and progressive                 habits
identification, selection and               ƒƒ Increased contact with expert
development of athletes in the 13 to           coaches
Under 19 age groups, with the aim           ƒƒ Further educate athletes about
of preparing riders to represent WA            sports science and sports
at the Australian Championships.               medicine concepts
                                            ƒƒ Prepare athletes for national
OUTCOMES                                       championships, in their home
                                               environments
ƒƒ Identify athletes at State
                                            ƒƒ Improved support for local
   Championships, State Team Trials
                                               coaches
   and through club competition/
                                            ƒƒ Improved preparation and
   training, with identified athletes
                                               development of lower-age cyclists
   displaying characteristics and
                                            ƒƒ Provide regional support for
   abilities of a potential elite athlete
                                               identified coaches and athletes.

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STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT

                                TRACK STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
 International)
    (Senior
      Elite

                  Local road racing teams               WAIS                 Professional coaching/clubs

                                            State Development Environment-
 (Potential to

                                              Supplementary environment
   Pre-Elite

   be Elite)

                                               Talent ID sessions/camps
 (Foundation
 Movement)
   Non-Elite

                                                  Clubs and coaches

                                ROAD STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
 International)
    (Senior
      Elite

                  Local road racing teams               WAIS                 Professional coaching/clubs

                                            State Development Environment-
 (Potential to

                                              Supplementary environment
   Pre-Elite

   be Elite)

                                               Talent ID sessions/camps
 (Foundation
 Movement)
   Non-Elite

                                                  Clubs and coaches

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MOUNTAIN BIKE STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
     International)
        (Senior
          Elite

                      MTBA HP Environment                              Professional coaching/clubs

                                        State Development Environment-
     (Potential to

                                          Supplementary environment
       Pre-Elite

       be Elite)

                                            Talent ID sessions/camps
     (Foundation
     Movement)
       Non-Elite

                                               Clubs and coaches

                           BMX STATE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
     International)
        (Senior
          Elite

                      BMXA HP Environment                              Professional coaching/clubs

                                        State Development Environment-
     (Potential to

                                          Supplementary environment
       Pre-Elite

       be Elite)

                                            Talent ID sessions/camps
     (Foundation
     Movement)
       Non-Elite

                                               Clubs and coaches

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HIGH PERFORMANCE STRUCTURE

                                   HIGH PERFORAMANCE ADVISORY GROUP

         WAIS                    WESTCYCLE HIGH PERFORMANCE MANAGER                              NSO’S

  STATE COACH MTB            STATE COACH TRACK              STATE COACH ROAD            STATE COACH BMX

                                                          Road and Track
MTB State Development       Track State Development                                   BMX State Development
                                                          State Development
Environment                 Environment                                               Environment
                                                          Environment
ƒƒ Athlete daily training   ƒƒ Athlete daily training                                 ƒƒ Athlete daily training
                                                          ƒƒ Athlete daily training
   environment                 environment                                               environment
                                                             environment
   support                     support                                                   support
                                                             support
ƒƒ Coach support            ƒƒ Coach support                                          ƒƒ Coach support
                                                          ƒƒ Coach support

                                             SHARED RESOURCES
ƒƒ Strength and Conditioning                            ƒƒ Sports Psychology and Media Skills
ƒƒ Nutritional education                                ƒƒ State team management and logistics
ƒƒ Sports science and testing                           ƒƒ Athlete monitoring software
ƒƒ Parent education                                     ƒƒ Camps and workshops
ƒƒ Developing Champions Program (DSR/WAIS)              ƒƒ Office Administration

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PRIORITIES, TIME FRAMES AND OBJECTIVES

                        Strategy: Effective monitoring processes of athletes and coaches.

        Objective: To create an accountable high performance environment for all stakeholders involved.

                                                   PRIORITY

             OPERATIONAL PLAN                       L = LOW        TIMEFRAME                RESPONSIBILITY
                                                  M = MEDIUM
                                                   H = HIGH

 Creation of databases and systems to
                                                       H               2017                      HPM
 monitor athlete results.

 Tracking system to monitor coaches,
 qualifications, experiences as part of a coach        H               2017                      HPM
 succession plan.

 Research and purchase of an athlete
                                                       H               2017                      HPM
 monitoring software.

 Set up a Talent development coach status
 based on criteria to be developed by working
 group. Coaches would be offered extra                 H               2017                   HPM, HPAG
 upskilling opportunities linking in with WAIS
 coaches and programmes.

 Identify key stakeholders to have access to
 the software as part of individuals’ athlete          M               2017                 HPM, State coach
 development plans.

 Work with WAIS to use the data collected
 for future WAIS selection and as a motioning          M             Ongoing          HPM, State coach, WAIS
 tool of potential athletes.

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Strategy: Development of a complete athlete development FTEM/state based training environment.

           Objective: To create high performance training environments for all athletes and coaches
         involved within each discipline which will include shared resources amongst all programmes.

                                                    PRIORITY

            OPERATIONAL PLAN                         L = LOW     TIMEFRAME             RESPONSIBILITY
                                                   M = MEDIUM
                                                    H = HIGH

All High Performance programmes to fall
                                                       H             2016                    HPM
under one central coordination point.

State coaches to be employed via service
                                                       H             2016                 HPM, HPAG
agreements.

Sport specific matrix to be developed
covering all aspects of athlete development            M             2017               HPM, WAIS, CA
in each learning phase.

Development and appointment of a High
Performance Manager (HPM) based on
                                                       H             2016                   HPAG
the objectives and priorities of this plan.
Implementation of this High Performance plan.

Create a state development program for all
disciplines. This program will be squad/camp
based for each discipline – Mountain Bike,
Road and Track and BMX, supporting training
for national championships plus sharing
common resources and athlete education.
• Support to High Performance athlete
                                                       H             2016                 HPM, WAIS
  pathways
• Coaching sessions and camps
• Individual athlete development
• Athlete education sessions for all disciplines
• Updated state team selection policies
• Coach education sessions

Enter into a partnership with a University
to ensure that talented athletes gain
                                                       H             2016                    HPM
access to regular testing and sports science
opportunities

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Strategy: Development of stronger ties with Regional Talent Development Network centre programmes.

               Objective: To better service regional athletes within the high performance pathway.

                                                   PRIORITY

             OPERATIONAL PLAN                       L = LOW        TIMEFRAME             RESPONSIBILITY
                                                  M = MEDIUM
                                                   H = HIGH

 Creating stronger links with Regional Talent
                                                       H               2016                     HPM
 Development Programmes.

 Actively engaging regional athletes with
 the DSR/WAIS Developing Champions                     M               2017                     HPM
 programme.

 Providing information on all possible grants
                                                       M               2017                     HPM
 available for regional athletes.

 Provide talented athletes living in regional
 areas with support to attend coaching,                H               2016                     HPM
 testing and racing opportunities in Perth.

 Visiting key regional areas on a 6-month
                                                       M               2017                     HPM
 basis to talk to clubs, coaches and athletes.

                    Strategy: Creation of extended competition pathways to include schools.

                Objective: Develop an inter/intra school competition including talent ID aspects.

                                                   PRIORITY
             OPERATIONAL PLAN                       L = LOW         TIMEFRAME             RESPONSIBILITY
                                                  M = MEDIUM
                                                   H = HIGH

 Linking competitions to state development
                                                       M               2017                     HPM
 environments.

 Creation of a school-based competition that
 will also be used for talent ID.                      L               2017                     HPM

 Cross discipline competition formats created
                                                       M               2017                     HPM
 to allow for transfer of athletes.

 Beginner/intermediate competition levels to
 be created in order to create a competitive           M               2017                     HPM
 edge at the grass roots level.

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