Tenpin Bowling Australia announces High Performance Review

By kristiemiddleton
June 9, 2022

Tenpin Bowling Australia announces High Performance Review

The Board of Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) have established a formal High Performance Review process to improve our ability to deliver success at an international level. 

With TBA’s investment in the Suncity National High Performance and Community Centre, a critical aspect of this new initiative is to ensure we get the Centre running and deliver a noticeably improved high-performance environment for athletes and coaches.

TBA Director Matt To’omua, who has been charged with Board oversight for the review, said it is imperative that tenpin builds repeatable and sustainable elite outcomes.

“This review is designed to examine the current state, identify the gaps, and gain quality outcomes from this exercise to implement,” he said. 

While the primary objective of this review is focussed on High Performance, there will no doubt be some flow on benefits to the popularity and growth of tenpin bowling sport.

The process will:

  • Review and analyses the ‘current state’ against domestic and international High Performance best practice – contextualised for scale, resourcing and program maturity
  • Identify the ability to leverage gaps and opportunities within a future focussed High Performance operating environment with incremental priorities across the various time frames
  • Capture qualitative insights and purposeful evidenced-based recommendations – leading to an increase probability of international success

After careful consideration, McGovern High Performance Consulting has been appointed to lead the review.

Principal Mike McGovern is an experienced High Performance sports management specialist and international multi-sport leader. McGovern, an MBA graduate with distinction, is a current high performance consultant to the Australian Institute of Sport and World Rugby (Asia/Pacific), after being the former High Performance Director at Australian Sailing for the Tokyo Olympics, and senior executive at High Performance Sport NZ and Australian Institute of Sport.

McGovern said, “TBA has some ambitious plans for the future and is genuinely committed to growing the sophistication and performance of their HP program.  A great opportunity to work in partnership with the sport to leverage the strengths of the current system and co-create a plan with the athletes, coaches and stakeholders to deliver sustainable international success in the future.

The review will include the following areas of investigation:

  • Strategy and targets
  • Program and staffing structure/s
  • Coaching and technical leadership
  • Daily training and camp-based environments
  • International and domestic competition
  • Pathway feeder/underpinning and talent identification programs and initiatives
  • Sport science, medicine, technology and innovation
  • Culture

Extensive consultation across the tenpin stakeholder groups will include, but not be limited to, the TBA Board and CEO; National Coach and targeted High Performance and pathway coaches; the National Training Squad athletes and performance support staff; targeted bowling Centre’s; Asia/Oceania bowling key stakeholders , Sport Australia and our federation partners. 

The High Performance Review will commence in late June, and the outcomes are expected to be finalised by the end of August 2022.