Athlete Categorisation 

Athlete Categorisation is an Australian sport system-wide framework for categorising athletes in an attempt to provide consistency across sports in identifying and subsequently supporting Australia’s best current and future medal prospects at the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. The GA Athlete Categorisation Framework 2019+ was developed to feed into both the National Athlete Categorisation Framework and to inform the prioritisation of system support to categorised gymnasts. GA reviews its Categorisation nominations every six months and considers only gymnasts who compete in an event on the Olympic or Commonwealth Games program. 

The GA Athlete Categorisation Framework 2019+ will be used to:

(a) nominate gymnasts to the National Athlete Categories; 

(b) inform GA recommendations made to the National Institute Network (NIN – Incorporating the State Institutes/State Academies of Sport and the AIS) regarding the provision of support (if available); 

(c) inform the prioritisation of GA’s recommendations around the allocation of Australian Government support through the dAIS scheme (direct athlete support) which is administered by the AIS; 

(d) inform the prioritisation and access to GA’s provision of support as determined by the aligned Athlete Support Matrix.  

National Sporting Organisations review their nominations for the National Athlete Categories twice per year. GAs nominated timeframes for this to occur are after the Australian Gymnastics Championships and after the international benchmark event (World Championships/Olympic Games), approximately June and December annually. At these times gymnasts may be nominated to the National Athlete Categories, removed or moved to a different category. 

There are a number of eligibility and performance requirements to be met for an athlete to be considered for Categorisation. To find out more, read the full GA Athlete Categorisation Framework available below.