With state lockdowns and border restrictions easing, the CEO of Australian Taekwondo, Heather Garriock, has commenced a national roadshow to meet affiliated clubs personally and present the association new strategic direction.
The first session, which commenced in Sydney's west on Sunday, saw more than 35 enthusiastic club owners learn about Australian Taekwondo's move to become Australia's favourite martial art.
"Australian Taekwondo has undergone significant change over the past 12-months, and we're really grateful for the support of our clubs and members during this time," said Garriock.
"Because of COVID-19, this is the first opportunity I've had to visit states since commencing with Australian Taekwondo, and I felt it essential to meet club owners personally and explain the motives behind this change."
"Australian Taekwondo is moving in a new and exciting direction, and we want our clubs on that journey with us. Engaging in open dialogue with club owners is critical so they can air their concerns and have those concerns addressed."
"Our focus, which our new strategic plan supports, is clear, and that is to modernise, professionalise and commercialise Taekwondo and showcase
best-practice in club operations and governance standards."
"Change is challenging and not everyone in our club community will be on board with our new direction, and that's ok. However, for Taekwondo to grow and thrive, we need to ensure that clubs provide a professional, safe, fair, and healthy environment for anyone who walks into their club.
"As a National Sporting Organisation, we have a responsibility to ensure we have contemporary business practices and structures in place. This is to support growth and move our martial art forward so we can attract commercial partners and develop new income streams to invest back into our clubs, our athletes and our programs."
"We want to connect more Australian's to their local Taekwondo club and to do this, we need clubs to support and embrace our new direction. The state roadshows are a big part of this process in talking through our vision with clubs directly."
The next state roadshow will be in Melbourne on December 12 at 11:00 AM, and we invite Victorian club owners to attend. Please click the link below to RSVP.