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Chris Wardlaw to head Athletics Australia review panel

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/wardlaw-to-head-athletics-australia-review-panel/5687160

Chris Wardlaw to head Athletics Australia review panel


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Thu 21 Aug 2014, 2:53pm


Respected former head coach Chris Wardlaw will chair the review panel examining the ill-fated Australian track and field campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Chief among the panel's priorities will be evaluating the actions of head coach Eric Hollingsworth, who was sent home from Scotland in disgrace after slamming Olympic and world champion Sally Pearson on the eve of her 100m hurdles campaign.

Hollingsworth's outburst effectively spelled the end of his tenure with Athletics Australia (AA) as his contract runs out in November.

AA high performance director Simon Nathan was also roundly criticised for fining Pearson, rising 800m star Alex Rowe and discus thrower Benn Harradine for skipping the start or all of the pre-Games camp in Gateshead, while acknowledging all three had made the right decision "in a sporting sense".

Wardlaw is widely admired within Australian athletics circles and was lauded for his term as head coach which took in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He will be the independent head of the review panel which also includes AA board members Anne Lord, Peter Bromley and Jan Swinhoe.

The review will focus on all aspects of the participation of Australian athletes at the Commonwealth Games.

The process is expected to take two months, with AA president David Grace saying all members of the Commonwealth Games team would get the chance to air any grievances they may have with Hollingsworth.

"Whilst Australia enjoyed some outstanding successes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, clearly we must acknowledge that there were a significant number of issues that arose which were a distraction for the athletics team," said Grace.

"We recognise the need for there to be a detailed review of our Commonwealth Games campaign and have established appropriate terms of reference for such a review, which will take into account the feedback of all key stakeholders, including athletes, coaches and management."

The Australian Sports Commission will keep a close watch on the panel's findings, with funding from its Winning Edge program tied to the governance structures of national sporting bodies and medal targets.

Australia's able-bodied athletics medals total of nine at the Glasgow Games was below the range of 12-20 set by the ASC, although six of them were golds.

Australia also finished outside the top two on the Commonwealth Games track and field medals table for the first time since 1938.


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