A.I.S. Considerations in Canberra


A round table discussion’s been held to help the A.C.T. Government’s submission to keep the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Peak local sporting bodies have this week joined several politicians including A.C.T. Senator David Pocock as they highlighted the Institute’s significant contribution to sport, the community and the nation.

The Territory’s Sports Minister Yvette Berry says it’s a national institution – and should remain in the nation’s capital.

In collaboration with local sporting bodies, the ACT Government will present a submission to the review in the coming days. 

STATEMENT from Yvette Berry:-

Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry has convened a roundtable of peak local sporting bodies to discuss the future of the AIS and to help inform the ACT Government’s submission into the Independent Review of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Attendees reinforced the importance of the AIS to our local community but also to the nation, and that a move out of the capital would be a loss to all sports.

In attendance were representatives from Rowing ACT, Netball ACT, Basketball ACT, Cricket ACT, Swimming ACT, Gymnastics ACT, AFL Canberra, Capital Athletics, AusCycling, Softball Australia, the Brumbies, the National Capital Education Tourism Project, ACT Property Council, UC Capitals, and ACT Handball Association.

Representatives for Alicia Payne MP and Senator David Pocock were also present.

Attendees discussed the significant contribution the AIS has made to local sporting communities and that access to the AIS facilities and the proximity to elite athletes and support staff serves as inspiration to sporting stars of the future.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said, “We heard about the critical nature of the AIS to the sporting ecosystem. It has been a part of our local community since it opened in 1981, however its impacts spread far wider to the region, the nation and internationally.

Our sporting organisations spoke about the sense of pride and prestige athletes and teams have when they come to train in the nation’s capital with the best of the best. This is not only important for the athletes but all those who support them, the coaches, the sports scientists and administrators.

We also heard about the important role of the AIS in Australia’s soft diplomacy, where visiting teams and international delegations can engage with our nation’s sporting culture and create new connections. This could not happen in any other place in Australia.

Our sports see the potential of the AIS as part of a broader health, sports and education precinct in Bruce and with greater connection into the local community. This Review has the opportunity to highlight that investing in the facility is the best course of action for the AIS, rather than moving it.

The AIS is a national institution, and it should remain in the nation capital. We look forward to participating in the Commonwealth’s review”.

In collaboration with local sporting bodies, the ACT Government will present a submission to the review in the coming days.

Quotes attributable to participants in the roundtables:

For the sports who have the national body based in Canberra or have a Centre of Excellence you see the real benefits. Proximity to the elite athletes has a real impact down to the club level and inspires younger athletes,” said Sarah Davoren, Operations Manager, Rowing ACT

How do we make the AIS a centrepiece of community and fandom? How does a new facility keep its high-performance facilities but will allow for people to come and have a range of experiences on the site? How does it become a sport and a health hub? How do we link the AIS through to UC, CIT? It would be good to reinvigorate the storytelling. The average user wants to be inspired by our sportspeople.” Nicole Bowles, CEO Basketball ACT

We should be thinking about how we can integrate the AIS into the nation’s capital and all the things we have to offer. When visitors come, we want them to experience more than the training camp.” Shane Martin, ACT Property Council.

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