High Performance Group (HPG) Updates

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  1. OA Confirms Head Coach and High Performance Administrator Roles extension until 2020

At its recent board meeting OA Directors discussed and agreed to extend the terms of the OA Head Coach, Jim Russell, and High Performance Administrator, Ian Prosser, until 2020.

Extending the current terms will allow the current staff to hand over the responsibilities to new appointees after the completion of JWOC, WOC, and preparations for the Australian Championships week in 2020. Since planning for 2021 will start well before the end of 2020, OA’s plan is to commence the Head Coach recruitment in the first half of 2020 and aim for a smooth handover.

      2.Changes to current National Orienteering League flagged

Following on from the recent HPG survey (results summary here) it has been decided to introduce a shorter NOL season from 2020. Next year’s NOL will end with the ACT round in May. Where feasible, other enhancements highlighted in the survey results will be encouraged in collaboration with the NOL organisers and state teams. From the survey results some common themes evolved such as more exciting races, increase the team element of the NOL, reduced costs of participation, and a better pathway for younger orienteers.

      3. OA HPG and Coaching Committee meeting at Oceania

Orienteering Australia has now formally constituted a High Performance and Coaching Committee. Each state is invited to appoint two delegates to the committee (as foreshadowed in an earlier email to the States) and the national athlete representative is invited as well. The terms of reference for the committee are attached.

The first official meeting of the committee will be held at the Oceania Sprint Champs on Saturday 28th September as soon as the presentation ceremony concludes. Details are in the attached draft agenda. Also attached are the earlier circulated notes from the interim meeting held in April.