To have a look at what an Athletes association might look like see below the structure and purpose of the Australian Swimmers Association, who have recently been in the news (ASA is the representative body for elite level swimmers in Australia). Would a similar organisation that represents Australian Athletes be supported by Australia’s athletes?|
Australian Swimmers Association - from australianswimmers.com.au
ASA are the voice for the swimmers and their point of contact for all issues affecting them. We will put communication channels in place to make sure that all swimmers know what is happening in the sport and we negotiate with SAL, the States and other stakeholders to make sure that swimmer receive the best possible conditions.
We continue to investigate ways to grow the sport for the benefit of all.
The ASA structure is based on a ten member Executive Committee with an Honorary Chairman, President and Vice President. The Executive is responsible for overseeing the performance of the ASA and contributing to the development of policy and strategy for its future growth and development. The Executive controls and manages the affairs of the ASA and interprets and implements the Purposes and Rules regarding current and future activities. The Executive ensure that the ASA continues to focus on the issues which are relevant to its members. Staff
The ASA office is managed by a General Manager, Daniel Kowalski.
The ASA has two categories of membership - Members and Associate Members. The Members of the ASA are current SAL National Squad members. These Members have full voting rights.
In order to be eligible to be an Associate Member of the ASA the swimmer must:
a. Have represented Australia in any one of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships, FINA World Long Course and Short Course Championships, Open Water World Championships, Paralympic Games or IPC Championships; or
b. Have been a Member of the Australian Swimmers' Association; or
c. Be a scholarship holder at a State Institute of Sport/ State Academy of Sport /Australian Institute of Sport; or
d. Have participated in Swimming Australia's Summer Series event; or
e. Have represented their State at a National or International level competition; or
f. Be a member of Swimming Australia's Youth Team (Flippers squad); or have represented their club at State Level or competition.
PURPOSES OF THE AUSTRALIAN SWIMMERS’ ASSOCIATION INC.
The Australian Swimmers’ Association (“ASA”) was established to provide a single point of contact for Swimming Australia Inc., the relevant state bodies and swimming stakeholders for all matters affecting the interests of past and current Australian swimming team members. The purposes of the ASA are therefore:
1. To provide its members with a representative body dedicated to the promotion and advancement of members interests and the sport of swimming;
2. To promote and protect the interests of all members and to safeguard their rights at all times;
3. To aim for the improvement of economic and other conditions affecting members and swimmers generally and to regulate future advances in this area;
4. To establish and monitor rules and regulations that affects each member’s career;
5. To assist members in securing educational, career and vocational opportunities;
6. To provide a conduit through which members may express personal view on issues directly affecting their personal and sporting well-being;
7. When necessary, effectively represent swimmers in defence of their rights;
8. To coordinate timely communications containing information and advice on all matters concerning members;
9. To perform all other actions consistent with its rules of governance and if appropriate, implement and fulfil the purpose, rights and responsibilities of the Association;
10. To represent swimmers’ interests at ASI Board level where warranted;
11. To provide ASI with an ongoing link to current and past swimmers;
12. To maintain minimum levels of athlete representation on ASI Committees;
13. To gain recognition from appropriate organisations as the representative body for all National Squad and National Youth Squad swimmers;
14. To provide a medium for effective communication with ASI;
15. To work closely with and contribute to ASI’s and ASCTA’s goals in promoting the growth and development of swimming;
16. To work closely with all State bodies, Institute programs (National and State), peak governing bodies (AOC, CGA, ASC) and key swimming authorities and contribute to their applicable programs;
17. To uphold the athletes’ values ethos that will maintain their high status as role models in the Australian Community; and
18. To work with ASI in promoting the entrenchment of swimming as Australia’s number one Olympic Sport.