The AIS Athletics (Track and Field) program was one of the original eight AIS sports in 1981.
In 1988, Russell Short was the first athlete with a disability to be awarded an AIS scholarship. During the early 1990's, scholarships were also awarded to athletes located outside Canberra and coaches were employed in each state. In 2001, the able bodied and athletes with disability athletics programs were integrated under Head Coach Chris Nunn.
All AIS athlete scholarships discontinued at the end of 2013. Responsibility for coaches and programs based at the AIS training facility transferred to Athletics Australia (AA) as the respective National Sporting Organisation.
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Gary Knoke was one of Australia’s leading hurdles coaches and an AIS coach (1981-1984) who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Gary was one of Australia’s finest athletes, competing at three Olympic Games and four Commonwealth Games. He held the Australian 400-metre hurdles record and won seven national titles between 1965 and 1973. In 1966, he was ranked number one in the world at the 400-metre hurdles.
The AIS Alumni Network website includes athletes who were on AIS scholarship for at least two months consecutively. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the information included is accurate and comprehensive.
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