Defining Elite Athletes
The EAEN is accessible to all current categorised athletes and coaches, Alumni athletes and emerging and developing athletes who sit on level 1-5 on the Athlete Categorisation table for an AIS funded sport. In practice these are elite athletes engaged in training or competition at a national or international level.
It is recognised that the implementation of this policy document relies heavily on the accurate identification of athletes and coaches as being elite. Whilst the majority of elite athletes within Australia will be either their National Sporting Organisation (NSO) categorised athlete list and/or on scholarship within the network of institutes and academies of sport around Australia, there are many athletes that may fall outside of this cohort. The following strategies are suggested for identifying elite athletes and coaches studying at universities within Australia.