APC High Performance Role for Nunn

With the 2008 Beijing Games highlighting the ever-growing elite nature of Paralympic Sport, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has taken another step to help ensure Australia maintains its place among the world’s leading nations.

Respected coach and mentor Chris Nunn has been appointed as the APC’s new High Performance Manager, in an announcement made by APC CEO Miles Murphy.

Nunn joins the APC’s Sport Operations and Development Division led by General Manager Jason Hellwig, and will help play a role in assisting Australia’s Paralympic athletes and coaches strive for new great heights.

As part of the APC’s Sport Operations and Development team, Nunn will contribute to the APC’s athlete development programs leading towards the London Games in 2012, and will also play an active role in the APC’s support network for elite coaches across all Paralympic sports.

“We are delighted to have Chris join our team because of his expertise in sports coaching, athlete development, and elite performance,” Mr Murphy said.

“The APC is committed to improving pathways for its athletes, coaching and support staff at both the elite and development level, and also continues to look at new ways to enhance its programs in conjunction with National Sporting Organisations.

“Chris joins a highly capable team at the APC who have been trusted with the task of making these improvements a reality, and I’m fully confident that this will be achieved.”

The APC has already developed a range of successful programs with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission, as well as the APC’s commercial partners.

Current initiatives in place such as the Paralympic Preparation Program and the Toyota Paralympic Talent Search Program were instrumental in Australia’s top five finish on the medal tally at the 2008 Paralympic Games, and continue to illustrate the extensive potential for success such projects can have for future Games campaigns.

However, the challenge still lies in developing those programs even further.

“We understand there is a need to move forward to ensure athletes and coaches involved in Paralympic sport have fully connected pathways from the grass roots level to the elite level, and that there is adequate support at each level.” Mr Murphy said.

“The APC is working hard on building a system that will produce more and more successful athletes and coaches on a consistent basis. Our athletes will be given the skills and pathways necessary to be successful at the Paralympic Games, and to represent Australia with distinction.”

It’s a challenge Nunn revealed he simply can’t wait to begin.

“I’m very excited by the prospect of joining the APC and playing a role in the continuing growth of Paralympic sport in this country,” Nunn said.

“The APC plays an important and unique role in working with Australian sporting organisations and we will continually strive to find more effective ways to nurture our rising athletes and coaches.”

Nunn was the Head Coach of the Australian Paralympic Athletics Team during the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000 and the led the Australian Institute of Sport track and field program until 2002.

He also acted as the APC’s performance consultant for the 2008 Paralympic Games Team in Beijing.

In 2012 Games in London, Nunn will act as the Australian Paralympic Team Head Coach – a new and exciting initiative from the APC that aims to facilitate a greater framework for success for its athletes and coaches in each sport.

“The challenge for the APC and our partners will be to not only maintain, but improve, Australia’s standing among the great Paralympic nations,” Nunn said.

“It’s a very, very exciting time for Australian Paralympic Sport, and we’re looking forward as a team, to working closely with the National Sporting Organisations to ultimately achieve more success against the best in the world.”

by Tim Mannion
Posted 05/02/2009 12:13 PM

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