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Sport Australia Launches Sport Governance Principles 2020

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port Australia has launched ‘Sport Governance Principles 2020’, a resource aimed at helping Australia’s sporting leaders face the challenged of COVID-19 to build a stronger sporting future.

The principles were created through work with State and Territory Agencies of Recreation and Sport, with a range of sports across the country contributing to the co-design of the principles.

Acting Sport Australia CEO, Rob Dalton, said all sporting organisations, from local to national bodies, are encouraged to engage with the Sport Governance Principles 2020 and the upcoming six interactive webinars from August 3-12.

“This is an incredibly tough time for sport, but this project is a fantastic example of sport working together to be better,” Dalton said.

“This work will not only help guide sport through this demanding period, it will be influential in creating a strong sporting industry as we emerge from COVID-19.

“Sporting success is not just determined by on-field contests, sport is now competitive business.

“Community needs are changing, and sporting administrators need to be agile and evolve to meet those needs.

“These principles challenge sporting leaders to seek continuous improvement for their sports in areas such as values, behaviours, vision, diversity, integrity and cohesion.

“The best sporting organisations harness the collective capability within their sport and drive progress.

“Governance in sport is unique, we rely heavily on the biggest volunteer workforce of any industry.

“So it’s important that we provide the education and support our sporting leaders need,” he said.

The release of the principles was welcomed by the top sporting organisations across Australia, who also contributed to and endorsed the principles, with Basketball Australia president and chair, Ned Coten, saying the principles are vital for the recovery of Australian sport post-COVID-19.

“Now, more than ever, strong structure and governance is critical in driving the whole industry of sport forward,” Coten said.

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of strong Governance, as success starts with a structure that supports every action in a business.

“I implore every board at any level of sport in Australia, from local association to National Sporting Organisation, to embrace and adopt this ground-breaking work,” he said.