WPA unveils new Strategic Plan – Towards 2020

Water Polo Australia (WPA) has today released the new strategic plan ‘Towards 2020’ that is a culmination of a strategic review recently conducted with WPAs Members.  To access the strategic plan – click here.

The WPA Board and staff, working with the Water Polo State Presidents and CEOs, have developed a strategy for the whole of sport designed to increase participation as well as achieve success at the elite level.

WPA CEO Christian Renford said the new plan is about all levels of the sport working together to achieve success at the grassroots as well as across high performance.

“We are really pleased to present the new strategic plan and are looking forward to working with all our stakeholders to now put the plan into action,” said Renford.

“Towards 2020 clearly outlines four key areas we want to focus on including corporate, development, competition and high performance.

“If we can focus on those areas as a collective, the national body and the State Associations, I believe we will see some real outcomes for our members, Clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers.  It will also allow us to better support existing members and supporters as well as attract new people to the sport.

“The strategic plan is also supported by our High Performance Plan [click here] which has further details of the strategies in place to support our elite athletes and coaches to get Australia back on top internationally.

“As the sport looks towards and beyond Tokyo 2020, the High Performance plan outlines the approaches the sport will take.  The plan was finalised at the end of 2016 in consultation with national and State Institutes/Academies of Sport, water polo coaches, national program coaches and performance support staff, AIS executive and program personnel, State association staff, club delegates, athletes and WPA Board and staff.

“While high performance has a detailed plan to support all the initiatives identified, our focus is now to develop detailed business plans for all other areas identified in the strategic plan.

“We have already been working on many new initiatives as part of this strategic plan and we are looking forward to unveiling them over the coming weeks,” said Renford.

For the full strategic plan – click here

Summary of the Strategic Priorities


Pursuing organisational excellence by adopting best practice governance and business operating principles, effective communication and commercial growth

  • Management and Governance
  • Communication
  • People and Culture
  • Unified behaviours
  • Commercial


Building the national capability of our sport through effective planning and delivery, greater stakeholder engagement and unified behaviours:

  • Participation
  • Education
  • Membership.


Growing membership in water polo through quality competitions and clear pathways.

  • National Water Polo League
  • National Age Championships
  • Competitive pathway.


Delivering the objectives of the 2020+ Water Polo Australia High Performance Plan ensuring success at the elite level and sustainable performance pathways.

  • Leadership
  • Athletes
  • Coaching
  • Daily Training Environment
  • International Competition
  • Research and Innovation.