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The establishment of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) was announced by Hon. Robert Ellicott, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment on 25 January 1980.

The AIS was officially opened by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser on 26 January 1981 (Australia Day).

Up until 2013, the AIS offered scholarships to athletes across 36 programs in 26 different sports. 

The AIS Alumni Network is currently being assembled. Unless otherwise indicated, all AIS sports will gradually be included to this network.
AIS Alumni are encouraged to submit comments and/or contributions, to this network. 

 
AIS Sports (1981 to 2012)
AIS Programs (1981 to present)
AIS Best of the Best

In 2002 as part of the AIS 21st birthday celebrations, 21 athletes were inducted into the AIS 'Best of the Best' hall of Fame. In 2006, three additional athletes were inducted and another five in 2011. 

  • Matthew Cowdrey (Swimming) (2011)
  • Alisa Camplin (Aerial Skiing) (2002)
  • Simon Fairweather (Archery) (2002)
  • Kerry Saxby–Junna (Athletics) (2006)
  • Louise Sauvage (Athletics) (2002)
  • Neil Fuller (Athletics) (2002)
  • Robert de Castella (Athletics) (2002)
  • Lauren Jackson (Basketball) (2006)
  • Luc Longley (Basketball) (2002)
  • Clint Robinson (Canoeing) (2002)
  • Glenn McGrath (Cricket) (2002)
  • Ricky Ponting (Cricket) (2011) 
  • Anna Meares (Cycling) (2011) 
  • Chantelle Newbery (Diving) (2006)
  • Mark Viduka (Football) (2002)
  • Jamie Dwyer (Hockey) (2011)  
  • Rechelle Hawkes (Hockey) (2002)
  • Vicki Wilson (Netball) (2002)
  • Kate Slatter (Rowing) (2002)
  • John Eales (Rugby Union) (2002)
  • Malcolm Page (Sailing) (2011) 
  • Michael Milton (Skiing) (2002)
  • Zali Steggall (Skiing) (2002)
  • Michelle Martin (Squash) (2002)
  • Michael Klim (Swimming) (2002)
  • Petria Thomas (Swimming) (2002)
  • Todd Woodbridge (Tennis) (2002)
  • Shane Kelly (Track Cycling) (2002)
  • Bridgette Gusterson (Water Polo) (2002)
AIS Timeline



- 36 AIS scholarship programs.
- 1223 athletes supported through AIS scholarship programs.
- Matt Favier commenced as AIS Director in March.
- The Australia's Winning Edge strategy provided a new leadership direction for the AIS, with national sporting organisations taking complete responsibility for AIS sports programs by the end of 2013.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Alicia Coutts, swimming and Tom Slingsby, sailing
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Sam Willoughby, BMX
  • AIS Team of the Year — K4 1000-metre kayak team
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Australian sailing team coaching group
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS sailing



- 36 AIS scholarship programs.
- 1209 athletes supported through AIS scholarship programs.
- The European Training Centre (ETC) opened in Varese, Italy.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Anna Meares, cycling
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Luke Durbridge, cycling
  • AIS Team of the Year — Kaarle McCulloch/Anna Meares, track cycling
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Ben Wordsworth, snowboard
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS track cycling



- 38 AIS scholarship programs.
- 1040 athletes supported through AIS scholarship programs.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Lydia Lassila, aerial skiing
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Lauren Mitchell, gymnastics
  • AIS Team of the Year — Australian men’s hockey team
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Richard Charlesworth, men’s hockey
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS sailing
  • AIS Education Award - Jessica Fox, canoe slalom (Secondary) and Katyaa Crema, winter sports (Tertiary)
  • AIS Vocation Award - Jane Moran, water polo



- 38 AIS scholarship programs.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Brenton Rickard, swimming and Emma Moffatt, triathlon
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Jack Bobridge, cycling and Amy Steel, netball
  • AIS Team of the Year — Iain Jensen/Nathan Outteridge, sailing
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Craig Walton, triathlon
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS sailing
  • AIS Education Award - Toby Kane, Paralympic skiing Kim Crow, rowing Lachlan McKinnon, rowing and Scott Kneller, winter sports
  • AIS Vocation Award - Lana Harch, football Megan Rovers, hockey and Ben Austin, sailing



- 36 AIS scholarship programs.
- 644 athletes supported through AIS scholarship programs.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Ken Wallace, canoeing and Heath Frances, athletics
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Evan O’Hanlon, athletics
  • AIS Team of the Year — Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page, sailing and Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson, sailing
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Victor Kovalenko, sailing
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS sailing
  • AIS Education Award - Kim Crow, rowing and Travis Anderson, football
  • AIS Vocation Award - Robert Newbery. diving Chantelle Newbery, diving and Bridie O'Donnell, road cycling



- 36 AIS scholarship programs.
- 799 athletes supported through AIS scholarship programs.
- Facility development - The AIS Hub opened. Featuring a 110-metre indoor running track (with jumping pit), new physiology laboratories and an enhanced strength and conditioning gymnasium. The new AIS Athlete Residences opened.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Anna Meares, cycling and Nathan Deakes, athletics
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Gemma Beadsworth, water polo
  • AIS Team of the Year — Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page, sailing
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Craig Hilliard, athletics
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS sailing
  • AIS Education Award - Francis Hegerty, rowing and Matthew Harper, football
  • AIS Vocation Award - Lachlan Milne, slalom canoe



- Facility development – The new $17 million Aquatics Training and Recovery Centre was constructed. A 50 metre training pool with a range of high-tech performance analysis devices and biomechanical systems including instrumented start blocks and turn walls, timing gates, strategically placed cameras, filming dolly and tracks.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Phillip Rizzo, gymnastics
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Robbie Crowther, athletics
  • AIS Team of the Year — Women's water polo
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Greg McFadden, water polo
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS/South Australia.com men's U23 road cycling
  • AIS Education Award - Andrew Ogilvy, basketball and Suzannah Fraser, water polo
  • AIS Vocation Award - Mark Bellofiore, canoe slalom and Lisa Oldenhof, sprint canoeing)



- Professor Peter Fricker was appointed AIS Director.
- The AIS/AVF beach volleyball national centre of excellence was launched.
- Facility development - A new extension to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) diving dry land training facility at the Sleeman Centre in Chandler, Queensland was opened.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Peter Robertson, triathlon and Robin Bell, canoe slalom
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Renae Camino, basketball
  • AIS Team of the Year — Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page, sailing
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Lyall McCarthy, rowing
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS triathlon
  • AIS Education Award - Nigel Panagopka, volleyball and Lachlan Milne, canoe slalom
  • AIS Vocation Award - Kate Forgione, sprint canoeing and Kerrie Taurima, athletics



- The AIS cricket academy moved to Brisbane.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Petria Thomas, swimming and Ryan Bayley, cycling
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Tim Cuddihy, archery
  • AIS Team of the Year — Australian Men's hockey team
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Martin Barras, cycling
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS diving
  • AIS Education Award - Ben Lent, water polo and Oenone Wood, road cycling
  • AIS Vocation Award - Shermin Oksuz, athletics and Fiona Crawford, softball



- Facility development – The new extensions for the AIS archery centre and AIS rowing centre were opened. The AIS golf facility located at Moonah Links, near Rye on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula was opened.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Nathan Baggaley, sprint canoe
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — David Barnes, archery
  • AIS Team of the Year — Australian women’s quad scull
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Lyall McCarthy, rowing
  • AIS Program of the Year — AIS diving
  • AIS Education Award - Travis Moran, volleyball and Rachel Imison, hockey
  • AIS Vocation Award - Adam Pine, swimming and Mark Hickman, hockey



AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Petria Thomas, swimming
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Todd Reid, tennis
  • AIS Team of the Year — Darren Bundock and John Forbes, sailing
  • AIS Coach of the Year — Martin Barras, cycling
  • AIS Education Award - Robert Newbery, diving and Sam McGregor, water polo
  • AIS Vocation Award - Melissa Mills, water polo and Gill Foster, football



- Michael Scott was appointed AIS Director.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Petria Thomas, swimming and Philippe Rizzo, gymnastics
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Luke Schenscher, basketball
  • AIS Team of the Year — Women’s four rowing
  • AIS Education Award - Mathew Engele, football and Rebecca Witham, water polo
  • AIS Vocation Award - Todd Pearson, swimming



- The AIS sailing and slalom canoeing in Sydney, and camps based women's cricket and triathlon programs were established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Simon Fairweather, archery
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Siobhan Paton, swimming
  • AIS Team of the Year — Australian women's water polo team
  • AIS Education Award - Priscilla Rundle, volleyball
  • AIS Vocation Award - Sacha Wainwright, football



AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Michael Klim, swimming
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Lauren Jackson, basketball, Ben Kersten and Jobie Dajka, track cycling
  • AIS Education Award - Nicholas Porzig, rowing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Nathan Deakes, athletics



AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Michael Klim, swimming
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Lauren Jackson, basketball
  • AIS Education Award - Jaime Fernandez, rowing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Kylie English, water polo and Martin Inglis, rowing



- The AIS boxing, wrestling, archery, shooting in Canberra and Australian football in Melbourne programs were established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Louise Sauvage, para athletics
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Michael Rogers, cycling
  • AIS Education Award - Justin Quill, canoeing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Nick McDonald-Crowley, rowing

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Megan Still & Kate Slatter, rowing
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — Victoria Roberts, netball
  • AIS Education Award - Max Diamond, hockey
  • AIS Vocation Award -



- John Boultbee was appointed as AIS Director.
- The AIS mountain bike program in Canberra was established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Shane Kelly, cycling
  • AIS Junior Athlete of the Year — World junior men's basketball silver medallists - Frank Drimic, Scott McGregor, Phil Doherty, Brad McKinnon
  • AIS Education Award - Kate Slatter, rowing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Robert Scott, rowing and David Weightman, rowing



AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Australian women's hockey team
  • AIS Education Award - Pat Howard, rugby union
  • AIS Vocation Award - Guy Newman, water polo & Damien Fanning, water polo



- The AIS women's road cycling in Canberra and women's softball in Brisbane programs were established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — World junior female basketball team and men's track cycling pursuit team
  • AIS Education Award - Fleur Spriggs, rowing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Guy Newman, water polo



- The AIS golf program in Melbourne was established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Clint Robinson, sprint canoeing
  • AIS Education Award - Peter Hogan, gymnastics
  • AIS Vocation Award - no award



- The AIS men's road cycling program was established in Canberra.
- The Life-skills for Elite Athletes Program (LEAP) commenced (later being referred to as ACE).

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Linley Frame, swimming
  • AIS Education Award - Jason Kovacic, rowing
  • AIS Vocation Award - Ian Rowling, canoeing



- The AIS men's volleyball program in Sydney was established.
- Robert de Castella appointed AIS Director.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Steve McGlede, track cycling
  • AIS Education Award - Andrew McDonald, hockey
  • AIS Vocation Award - John Fox, water polo



- Facility development - The AIS canoe facility opened on the Gold Coast.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — Kerry Saxby, athletics
  • AIS Education Award — Ian McInnes, water polo
  • AIS Vocation Award — no award



- The AIS rugby union program in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra was established.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year 1988/89 — Kerry Saxby, athletics
  • AIS Education Award 1988 — Grant Carlyon, gymnastics
  • AIS Vocation Award 1988 — Peter Beames, athletics



- In August the government decided to merge the AIS with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
- The AIS cycling program in Adelaide was established.
- Ronald Harvey was appointed AIS Director.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year 1986/87— Kerry Saxby, athletics



- The AIS men's cricket program in Adelaide was established

- AIS Football Outdoor Facility was completed, which included the two grass fields, changing rooms and lecture room. AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year 1985/86 — James Galloway, rowing



- The AIS squash program in Brisbane and men's water polo and rowing in Canberra were established.
- Facility development - The ASC Residences (originally called the “AIS Athletes' Residence”) and the Corporate Services Building was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon Bob Hawke, on 29 October 1985. Prior to the opening of the residence, AIS athletes boarded at university accommodation throughout Canberra. The residence was designed by Allen Jack & Cottier Architects. The Sports Science and Medicine Building was opened on 22 July 1985 by the Hon John Brown MP, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism
- Professor John Bloomfield replaced Kevan Gosper as AIS Chairman.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year 1984/85 — Michele Pearson, swimming



- Facility development - Construction of the Frank Stewart Training Centre for netball, Football (indoor)basketball and weightlifting and outdoor synthetic football pitch were completed.
- The AIS diving program in Brisbane and hockey program in Perth were established.
- Dr John Cheffers was appointed AIS Director.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year 1983/84 — Karen Phillips, swimming



- Facility development - Construction of the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and swimming complex were completed. The Gymnastics Training Hall was opened on 1 March 1983 by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Fraser. The Gymnastics training hall, was designed by Phillip Cox & Partners.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — no award



AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — no award



- The AIS officially opened by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser on 26 January (Australia Day)..
- Don Talbot was appointed inaugural AIS Director and Kevan Gosper, Chairman of the AIS Board.
- The eight founding sports were basketball, gymnastics, netball, swimming, tennis, track and field, football, and weightlifting.

AIS Awards
  • AIS Athlete of the Year — no award