High Performance Leaders Network

A key high performance strategy of the Department is to support State Sporting Associations (SSAs) to develop and deliver effective high performance plans.

As part of this strategy the Department has developed the High Performance Leaders Network (HPLN) to provide a forum for SSA High Performance Leaders to meet and discuss various trends and issues associated with improving the high performance sport system in Western Australia.

The Department will hold 2-3 forums per year, covering key topics to assist SSAs improve their knowledge and understanding of high performance systems and pathways and to develop and implement effective high performance planning and processes.

February 2017 Forum

Key theme: Developing Resilience – Capability and Capacity

Presented by Sandy Gordon, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Registered Sport Psychologist.

Key points covered at the workshop included:

  • DRIP Learning Spiral: Do, Reflect, Ideas, and Plan.
  • Identification of personal resilience attributes, adversities, and mental toughness behaviours.
  • Self-rating of Mental Toughness and Coping Styles.
  • Dark Side of Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth.
  • Mindset, ACT and Mindfulness.
  • Capability: Resilience skills and strategies. The Third Space
  • Capacity: SDT – Enhancing the energy/fuel to be resilient.
  • Applied Positive Psychology: Strengths approach to self-leadership.

Forum resources

September 2016 Forum

Key theme: Looking Forward, Looking Back – Reflections on Rio 2016

Presented by:

  • Brian Miller, Sport Psychologist and High Performance Consultant.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • A reflection on London 2012
  • Australia’s Winning Edge philosophy
  • Campaign Rio, a joint partnership of the AIS, AOC and APC
  • A couple of sport case studues
  • The Rio Games
  • What can we apply at State level?

Forum Resources

May 2016 Forum

Key theme: Early Specialisation vs Sport Sampling / Diversification

Presented by:

  • Martin FitzSimons, CEO Mid West Academy of Sport and sports physiologist.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • What is Early Specialisation (ES)?
  • Consideration of the risks and benefits association with ES compared with sport sampling/diversification
  • The alternative of sampling/diversification and how this may be more beneficial
  • The importance of education for parents and coaches of junior athletes

Forum Resources

November 2015 Forum

Key theme: Wired to Play – Athlete Mental Health

Presented by:

  • Gayelene Clews, Psychologist, educator and former elite athlete.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • Chasing 24/7 stimulus – are athletes getting enough quiet time?
  • Is your athlete’s self-talk making them anxious?
  • Does your athlete’s personality temperament place them at risk?
  • The tyranny of talent – why are so many junior athletes failing to transition into senior competition?

Forum Resources

Videos – Gayelene Clews Presentation Session Recordings

July 2015 Forum

Key theme: Enhancing the capacity and capability of talent development pathways

Presented by:

  • Jo Richards, Gymnastics Australia (GA), National Pathways Manager.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • pathway overview and philosophy, which includes a focus on the Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery (FTEM) model and its relevance for gymnastics.
  • strategies that GA use to monitor athlete progress and create a united talent development system which feeds talent through to the Senior National Teams across four gymsports.
  • GA ‘Team Future’ concept:
    • developmental athlete tracking.
    • GA ‘IDEAL Skills’ technical curriculum – outlining the difference between technical curriculum and a competitive framework.
    • The unique ‘Virtual Assessment Tool’.
    • GA’s camps and athlete and coach development programs.
  • GA Competitive Innovation Grant, in collaboration with Diving Australia and the Australian Winter Institute Aerial Skiing program.

Forum resources

March 2015 Forum

Key theme: Risk vs reward – making sense of young athletes taking risks

Presented by:
  • Michael Jeh, Lifeskills Consultant.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • Making sense of teenage brain development
  • The different pressures/expectations on elite athletes
  • Early warning signs for burn-out, depression, unhealthy risk-taking
  • Walking the fine line between being 'special' and still being normal
  • Dealing with drugs, alcohol, social media and other teenage risk factors
  • Understanding the importance of 'instinct' and why it can be a potential danger to athletes

Forum resources

Video - Michael Jeh Presentation Session Recording

HP Leaders Network – Michael Jeh Presentation – March 2015:

September 2014 Forum

Key theme: Lessons Learned from Glasgow 2014 – What Does It Mean To SSAs in WA?

Presented by:

  • Brian Miller, Sport Psychologist and High Performance Consultant.
  • Kim Mickle, Elite javelin athlete and Commonwealth Games champion
  • Grant Ward, award-winning athletics coach

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • What can we learn from Glasgow 2014?
  • How should Glasgow inform our plans for 2016 and 2018?
  • What can we apply at State level?
  • Kim and Grant describe the key building blocks to their success

Forum Resources

HP Leaders Network – Brian Miller Presentation – September 2014 (PDF)

Video - Brian Miller, Kim Mickle, Grant Ward Presentation Session Recording

April 2014 Forum

Key theme: Long-term Athlete Development

  • Kevin Penny, Education and Training Manager, Triathlon WA.

Key points covered by the presentation included:

  • Introduction and background to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework model
  • Key factors that affect LTAD
  • Development stages of LTAD
  • Some examples of the results

Presented by:

  • Stacey Rosman, HP Manager, Netball WA

Key points covered by the SSA case study presentation included:

  • The incorporation of LTAD into the new national curriculum
  • Roll-out of the national model
  • Key considerations and implementation in WA
  • Issues/challenges

Video - Kevin Penny Presentation Session Recording

Video - Stacey Rosman Presentation Session Recording

December 2013 Forum

Key theme: Talent Identification and Development – State Sporting Association Case Studies

Presented by:

  • Raffaele Guadagnino, WAFL Talent Manager, WA Football Commission.
  • Mark Lane, CEO, and Mike McMonigal, HP Manager, Surfing WA

Key points covered by the SSA presentations included:

  • Direction and alignment with NSO strategies/pathways/programs
  • Current structure/approach for TID
  • How their talent network has been built and developed
  • Personnel required and what direction/training is needed
  • Development offered to athletes who are identified
  • Methods for tracking of athletes
  • Measures of program success
Video - Raffaele Guadagnino - High Performance Leaders Network Forum

Video - Mike McMonigal and Mark Lane - High Performance Leaders Network Forum

May 2013 Forum

Key theme: Preparing for Peak Performance – the Role of the SSA

Presented by Brian Miller, Sport Psychologist and High Performance Consultant

  • Preparation is the key to success in the competition environment. HP leaders, CEOs, boards and committees all have a roles to play in the planning and preparation of State level teams and athletes.
Video - Brian Miller Presentation Session Recording

December 2012 Forum

Key theme: Looking Forward, Looking Back – Reflections on London 2012

Presented by Brian Miller, Sport Psychologist and High Performance Consultant.

What can we learn from London 2012? How should London inform our plans for 2020? What can we apply at State level?

Video - Brian Miller Presentation Session Recording

May 2012 Forum

Key theme: Athlete Development Models

Presented by Jason Gulbin, Senior TID & Development Specialist, Australian Institute of Sport.

  • Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) – a presentation about an integrated model of athlete and sport development, covering questions like: What is LTAD?; What are the benefits of LTAD? How do you incorporate LTAD into planning/programs? What are some of the different models of LTAD?

Presented by Phil Moreland, Manager Performance Services, ACT Academy of Sport.

  • Hockey Physical Competencies Pilot – a case study on a Physical Competencies pilot project with Hockey Australia/WA, as part of a major project to develop their own hockey-specific LTAD model.
Video - HP Leaders Network Presentation Phil Moreland

March 2012 Meeting

Key theme: High Performance Planning, Part 2

Presented by Hayley Lethlean, Executive Officer, Triathlon WA.

  • Launch of DSR’s High Performance Planning Guide for State Sporting Associations – this guide highlights the value of HP planning, how an organisation can use effective planning to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes, and outlines the various key components of a HP plan.
  • HP Planning Case Study – a case study from a SSA that recently developed a HP plan: covers questions like: Why have a HP plan?; What was the process?; What were the critical points? What were the challenges and lessons learnt?

Video - Triathlon WA HP Planning Presentation Session Recording

May 2011 Forum

Key theme: High Performance Planning, Part 1

Presented by Jackie Fairweather, Senior Sports Analyst, Australian Sports Commission.

  • What is high performance? The ASC’s role in high performance; High Performance Planning – what is it? How to do it effectively.

Contact details for High Performance Leaders Network

Liane Tooth
Talent Development Sports Consultant
Telephone 08 9492 9724
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email Liane Tooth

Developing Champions Coordinator
Department of Sport and Recreation
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Email the Developing Champions Coordinator

High Performance Unit
Department of Sport and Recreation
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Email the High Performance Unit