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Peter Conde appointed new AIS Director

August 29, 2017
Sport /

Peter Conde, who has overseen Australia’s recent medal surge in Olympic and Paralympic sailing, has been appointed the new Director of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

A key figure in Australia’s successful sailing program since 2005 and the sport’s High Performance Director since 2009, Conde will start in his new role at the end of October.

Announcing Conde’s appointment a being a “strong” move on behalf of Australia’s high performance sport system, Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Kate Palmer advised “the AIS is the strategic leader for Australian high performance sport and Peter has a proven record for overseeing systems that produce results.

“Peter was recruited to sailing to help transform the sport’s high performance program after it failed to win any medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and it has since become a standout sport for Australia at Olympic and Paralympic Games. At the past three Olympic Games Australian sailing has achieved six gold medals and five silver, and Peter’s strategic vision has strongly contributed to that sustainable success.

“Peter has already established enormous respect across the Australian sporting system for what he’s done with Australian Sailing and I look forward to working with him to deliver on the future direction of the ASC and AIS.

“Australian sport is at a pivotal but exciting time as the Australian Government develops a National Sports Plan. We have this real opportunity now to help shape the long-term future and sustainability of Australian sport, spanning participation and high performance.”

Conde was a former elite sailor who returned to the sport in a high performance role following an extensive business career as a strategy consultant.

Conde, who previously worked in senior roles for consulting firms such as Boston Consulting Group and AT Kearney, said sport was a driving passion, explaining “I’ve been thrilled to work with Australian Sailing, a sport I’ve had a close connection with my whole life, but I’m excited to broaden that experience to all sport as AIS Director.

“Success in high performance sport does not happen by chance. Supporting elite athletes to realise their gold medal potential requires outstanding support in terms of leadership, coaching, administration and training environments.

“I look forward to working with National Sporting Organisations and peak bodies such as the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Paralympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Australia and the National Institute Network so that collectively we can focus on giving our Australian athletes the right support, in the right place at the right time.

“I have great respect for the AIS and what it can achieve in the future. I will hit the ground running, with the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at the start of next year, followed by the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.”

Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie said Conde’s outstanding record in high performance sport and business strategy made him ideal for the role as AIS Director, concluding “the ASC Board is delighted with the appointment of Peter to this important leadership role in Australian sport. Peter has an exceptional track record of success in his sporting and business endeavours.

“We are confident he will lead the AIS and Australia’s high performance sport system to a new level of excellence and achievement.”

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