Gold Winning Policy – Insights from an International Comparative Study on Elite Sport Climate and Policies



Gold Winning Policy – Insights from an International Comparative Study on Elite Sport Climate and Policies

12/02/2014
Presenter: Prof. Hans Westerbeek - Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University and Dr Camilla Brockett - Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University

Synopsis

In January 2011, Australia joined the international research network known as ‘SPLISS’ - Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success. 

Based a joint initiative between the ASC/AIS and Victoria University, Australia participated in the second iteration of De Bosscher and colleagues 2008 study that examined the influence of key policy factors on international sporting success across six nations. 

SPLISS II as it is known, has advanced our knowledge of how countries develop and prioritise key policy for elite sport development and the extent to which national policy has an impact on sporting outcomes in recent years.

To that end, SPLISS II compared the elite sport climate and national policies of 15 countries that involved over 3000 elite athletes, over 1300 elite coaches and more than 240 performance directors. In all, this project was a collaboration of 43 researchers and 33 policy partners worldwide.

This presentation provided an overview of the SPLISS II study, including a summary of Australia’s results and the key findings from the 15-nation comparative study.

Further reading:

De Bosscher, V., Bingham, J., Shibli, S., van Bottenburg, M., De Knop, P. (2008). The Global Sporting Arms Race. An international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. Aachen: DE: Meyer & Meyer.