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National Athlete Support Structure

** On 20 April the NASS Selection Policy document was updated as follows:
    Point 3.3.4 has been added to provide clarity of the length of membership of the program
    Section 16 has been updated with a revised independent review process.

The document available below outlines Athletics Australia’s National Athlete Support Structure (AA’s NASS) and how athletes will be selected for the various levels of the program for both Para-athletes and able-bodied athletes. 

This is the second year of the NASS program for Athletics Australia.  The Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) Innovation department has helped us to update the objective standards that form the basis of the able-bodied selection process.  For the first time we have included standards for the Marathon and Walks.  We are still working with the AIS on similar standards for the Para- events.

The basic concept of the program remains the same as last year however the level names and divisions within levels have changed to reflect developments in the AIS/ASC Australian Winning Edge (AWE) program.

As before benefits that athletes will receive on each level of the program will be published separately and will depend on the resources available to Athletics Australia and the support of our partners in the AIS/SIS/SAS network and some benefits may only be available to athletes based in Australia.

The document starts by outlining the overall program and then describing each levels.

1. Program Outline; The purpose of the NASS.
2. NASS Programs; The programs and levels of NASS.
3. Membership Requirements; Requirements for athletes to be eligible for NASS membership.
4. Eligible Performances; Requirements for valid competition performances.

The next sections detail selection rules for the various levels of the NASS program.
5. Podium 1, Gold & Podium 2, Medal
6. Podium Potential 1.Finalist
7. Podium Potential 2.World Class
8. Podium Potential 3.International
9. Commonwealth
10. Development
11. U19 Talent Squad
12. Team NASS 

The remaining sections add more detail to how the select process works:
13. Selection Panel; NASS selection panel members.
14. Capacity; An athlete’s capacity to meet the aims of the program are critical to inclusion on the Enhanced NASS. This section outlines how AA defines “Capacity”.
15. Qualification Matrix; The standards required to be considered for the different program levels.
16. Review Proces; How to have a NASS selection decision reviewed.
17. Frequently asked questions; Answers some common questions about the NASS program.  


Athletes in the Gold, Medal, Finalist, World Class, International, Commonwealth and Development NASS categories will be assigned an Athlete Performance Advisor (APA). The document available below outlines the APA role description and responsibilities.


Athletics Australia
Athletics House 
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive 
Albert Park  VIC 3206  

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