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AIS Elevate Program

Elevate Coach Program

A coach professional development program

The AIS Performance Pathways and Coach Development Teams are excited to introduce the AIS Elevate Coach Program which has been developed to build upon the successful Elevate e-Coach Program piloted in 2020.

AIS Elevate Coach will provide a bespoke blend of face-to-face and online support and development to Performance Pathway coaches. The program will be delivered from July 2021 as part of the AIS Performance Pathways Elevate series in collaboration with La Trobe University, University of Sydney and University of Queensland.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes will focus on knowledge, understanding and application of:

  • Self, values and coaching philosophy
  • How to build and maintain effective relationships with other Performance Pathway staff and stakeholders
  • Performance Pathway coaching and holistic athlete development knowledge

Coaches of athletes who are nationally categorised at Emerging, Developing and Podium Potential level sit at different points along a continuum with some being highly knowledgeable, experienced and skilled whereas others may be at a more developmental level. The unique feature of this program is that whilst content will be focused on Performance Pathway coaching knowledge of holistic athlete development, specific content has not been pre-determined. Instead AIS Performance Pathways and the university partners will work collaboratively with coaches from the outset to ensure suitability and relevance of content to meet individual needs.


Program design will be based around the principles of integrative knowledge transfer, a process where program staff will work collaboratively with coaches from the outset to individualise learning outcomes. Design and delivery will be underpinned by a research process that will consist of three elements:

  • Needs Analysis - where coaches will be invited to contribute to the co-creation of program content
  • Survey completion
  • Interviews

This process is designed to align with the principles of co-creation where suitability and relevance of the program content to meet individual needs will rely upon a process of reciprocal engagement:

Engage – Explain – Examine – Explore - Apply

This research component is a unique feature of the AIS Elevate Coach program, specifically aligned in order to inform design and delivery for both current and future cohorts. All coaches will be encouraged to participate in, and contribute to, both learning and research.

Program Participants

Cohort 1 - Women Coaches 2021
Coach NameNSO/SportCoach of Able/Para athlete
Cathalina Walsh Athletics Able
Lisa Norrie Baseball Able
Kristen Veal Basketball Able
Haley Jones Cycling Able
Emma Lynch Diving Able
Liz Doherty Football (Soccer) Able
Helen Winterburn Football (Soccer) Able
Rachel Bailey Golf Able
Alison Morgan Gymnastics Able
Crystal Yeo Gymnastics Able
Stephanie Andrews Hockey Able
Alison Tucker-Munro Netball Able
Jennifer Wright Netball Able
Demi Obrien Paddle Para
Christine McLaren Rowing Para
Hally Chapman Rowing Able
Judith Ungemach Rowing Able
Lyneene Orsini Softball Able
Amanda Hopps Squash Able
Jemma Wratten Squash Able
Chelsea Hedges Surfing Able
Abby Sangalang Taekwondo Able
Teresa Theaker Triathlon and Paratriathlon Para
Janine Kaye Triathlon and Paratriathlon Able
Edwina McCarron Volleyball Able
Anne Meijnderts Volleyball Able
Georgina Kovacs Muller Water Polo Able
Cohort 2 - Athlete 2 Coach 2021
Coach NameNSO/Sport
Steve Cain Athletics
Ben Walkemeyer Australian Sailing
Hayley Clarke Australian Sailing
Annie Eastgate Australian Sailing
Brody Riley Australian Sailing
Jonathon Dean Cricket
Kevin Chavez Diving
Daniel Whyley Golf
Kyle McIndoe Judo
Tully Watt Modern Pentathlon
Jed Altschwager Rowing Australia
Emilee Cherry Rugby Union - 7s
Biba Turnbull Surfing
Cahill Bell-Warren Surfing
Rick Pendleton Swimming
Thomas Fraiser-Holmes Swimming
Thomas Auger Taekwondo
Vedran Cirkovic Water Polo
Ethan Topalovic Winter Sport


For further information, please contact:
Dr Graham Turner, Performance Pathway Coaching Consultant –

La Trobe Univeristy
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
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