Gymnastics Australia appoints renowned HP lead
Gymnastics Australia (GA) has appointed internationally-renowned High Performance (HP) sport specialist Andrew Logan to its newly-created role of Director, Performance Strategy and Engagement, where his key task is to deliver the sport’s new long-term High Performance strategy.
Logan, until recently the deputy director of the AIS, has more than 25 years’ experience in elite and Olympic sport having completed successful stints at British Swimming, Cycling Australia, AIS Road Cycling and NSWIS Winter Sports.
With six Olympic Games to his name as either a coach or in management roles, the former international-level cyclist also managed Australia’s gold medal-winning triathlon team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Gymnastics Australia CEO, Kitty Chiller, welcomed Logan’s appointment and the breadth of knowledge he will bring to the new role.
“Andrew has unparalleled global experience with high performing teams and international sport systems, and brings a holistic approach to HP management and leadership, involving athlete-centred programs with a strong focus on coach capacity and capability,” Ms Chiller said.
“Last year he was commissioned by GA to develop our new HP Plan so he has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of HP gymnastics in Australia.
“The six months he spent engaging Clubs, States and key stakeholders means he is already well known to our community and can focus from the entry point of HP all the way along the pathway to the elite level.”
Logan is excited by the new challenge and sees parallels between the HP needs of gymnastics and other sports he has worked in.
“We can see how events like the World Cup with soccer, the Tour de France with cycling and events like the Olympics shifts the nation’s focus – people want to see athletes perform and be successful,” said the man behind gold medallists Kathy Watt (cycling) and Emma Snowsill (triathlon).
“Athletes need to be competition-ready to give it their best shot and from a gymnastics perspective, Gymnastics Australia has made it quite clear they want to see athletes not just being internationally competitive, but being successful at major events.
“I truly believe we can do it. We ‘ve been up there before, we’ve had 10 world championship medallists, one Olympic medallist and we have been very close other times, but we want to return there.
“As Australians we love to celebrate and watch our athletes compete internationally. Their international success is passed through the wider community as a whole and back through sport in general.
“With the right support and focus we can ensure our athletes are ready, resilient, have the ability to perform under pressure and perform on the world stage.”
Gymnastics Australia’s High Performance Plan 2018+ was released last week and is a comprehensive whole-of-sport plan aimed at delivering sustained success at the elite level, while establishing strong pathways from the sport’s grassroots.