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16 September 2022
Twenty performance pathway coaches representing 20 sports are set to advance in their careers after commencing the AIS Elevate Coach Program on the Gold Coast.
This is the fifth group to undertake the program, focused on helping coaches better identify and support performance pathway athletes. The program is also designed to help coaches gain a deeper understanding of their own values, strengths and styles of communication.
Following the three-day workshop, the cohort will now undertake a 14-week online program before regrouping at the AIS to share insights and put their learnings into practice.
Since first launching in 2020 the program has supported 122 coaches with some already securing new roles such as Emilee Barton as the Australian Women’s Assistant Coach and Janelle Pallister as Griffith University’s Swim Club Co-Coach.
The program is a joint initiative with La Trobe University and the University of Sydney and forms part of a large suite of AIS initiatives dedicated to developing the next generation of coaches ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Paralympic and Olympic Games.
More information about the program can be found here: Elevate Coach Program | Australian Institute of Sport (
The cohort five coaches include: 
Beau Mitchell, Skate Australia
Ben Senior, Hockey Australia
Jackie Gallagher, Athletics Australia
Brady Lowe, Australian Sailing
Amber Cross, Netball Australia
Christian Fabris, Paddle Australia
Kelly Stirton, Football Australia
Sarah Hiesler, Gymnastics Australia
Alex King, Archery Australia
Harriet Jones, Diving Australia
William Howard, AusCycling
Annabelle Eaton, Rowing Australia
Catherine Berry, Shooting Australia
Brianna Mears, Volleyball Australia
Thomas Calvert, Squash Australia
Peter McKenna, Triathlon Australia
Sonja Johnson, Equestrian Australia
Jason Lees, Wheelchair Rugby
Janna Mizens, Basketball Australia
Matthew Brown, Swimming Australia
Program staff:
AIS – Dr Graham Turner, Bill Davoren, Jamie Salter, Emma Murtagh and Dr Michael Maloney
University of Sydney – Professor Donna O’Connor and Associate Professor Wayne Cotton
La Trobe University –Maris Lidums, Kate Perry and Dr Minh Huynh
Queensland Academy of Sport – Dr Alex Roberts
West Coast Eagles – Glenn Stewart



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