Katalyst worked closely with Gymnastics Australia to understanding their existing assessment process, and workshop approaches for remote administration as well as how the process could be changed to scale using technology.
Now the coaches record the athletes
The design of the new application fundamentally changed how the process worked. Gymnastics Australia no longer need to fly around to see each athlete perform a routine in person. Instead the new application harnessed an existing capability already available in each location - the coaches phone! Now coaches could take a video of the routine on their phone and save thus to the cloud in the new application. All the routines and the athletes were set up in the application which allows the coach to view all their athletes and which routine the athlete is up to. They could select the routine and film the athlete’s attempt and complete the process on their phone from any location.
Greatly reduced administration cost and time
Gymnastics Australia’s assessment program had three key elements that formed the assessment of an athlete. Viewing the athletes perform the routine, evaluating their performance, and compiling the results. This was all carried out by a single assessor who would fly to each location with all data recorded and reviewed manually. The new application completely reinvented this process, removed the need to travel, manual data recording, as well as allowing assessments to take place anywhere and anytime.
High standards through decentralised assessments
Rather than one individual being required to assess every routine, the application introduced separate assessors who were specialised in key areas to assess the routines. Having many assessors meant that athletes could be assessed quickly while maintaining high assessment standards.
Data led decision making with insights and automated reporting
With more efficient assessment capability and a centralised storage of data, a number of new reports were now possible such as an ‘Athlete Ranking Report’ that provided a list of which athletes in each age group to invite to the next National Team camp.
With thousands of athlete assessments being performed, ensuring the system met and exceeding performance demands was critical to successful user adoption of the system. Katalyst software engineers ensured the right technology architecture choices were made that would ensure sure the system was always fast and snappy.
Protecting the privacy of young athletes
With many of the athletes being underage, their videos could not be stored on a third party service. Using AWS infrastructure a transcoding service that would take the uploaded video and transcode it for optimal web viewing.