The VIS is justifiably proud of its many Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions who have not only succeeded in sport but also in life.
Many of Australia’s best athletes have been touched by the VIS. The training they have received has propelled them on to the world stage where their success has been nothing short of phenomenal. The VIS is justifiably proud of its many Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions who have not only succeeded in sport but also in life and, in so doing, have acted as positive role models for others.
The VIS was set up to assist the development of Victoria’s best athletes. It was established in 1990 by the State Government as a private trustee company, with its Board of Directors appointed by the Victorian Minister for Sport.
The VIS is located at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. It is a non-residential institute, which utilises Melbourne’s outstanding sporting facilities, to allow high performance athletes to live and train in Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia.
The VIS is funded by the State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Sports Commission and numerous corporate sector sponsors.
VIS programs are conducted in partnership with State Sporting Associations.
Over 300 athletes from a wide range of sports receive VIS services through the VIS scholarship programs . Both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability have scholarships.
The VIS provides a range of services and support to its athletes including advanced and specialised coaching, sport science and sports medicine services, career and education advice, and training and competition support.
The VIS has close associations with sporting organisations, schools and universities, and private clinics and practitioners, ensuring that athletes receive optimal benefits.
Several sports have established National Training Centre programs at the VIS to enable many of Australia’s best athletes to prepare for international competition.
Emerging elite athletes from country Victoria are assisted by Regional Academies of Sport, located around Victoria.
Thirty Victorians have become Olympic Champions since the inception of the VIS, before which only 12 Victorian athletes had ever succeeded at this level. The VIS contribution to the national Olympic and Paralympic medal tally is always a significant one.
VIS athletes have achieved success at Paralympic Games level, including 16 in London (2012), 17 in Barcelona (1992), 10 in Atlanta (1996), 39 in Sydney (2000), 29 in Athens (2004) 18 in Beijing (2008) and three in Vancouver (2010).
VIS athletes have achieved international success in non-Olympic sports such as netball and squash.
VIS Award Winners
Winners of the prestigious VIS Award of Excellence include Olympic and World Champions such as Catherine Freeman and Steve Moneghetti (Athletics), Danielle Woodward (Canoeing), Peter Antonie, the “Oarsome Foursome” and Drew Ginn & James Tomkins (Rowing), Daniel Kowalski, Matt Welsh and Leisel Jones (Swimming), Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Squash), Tom King & Mark Turnbull and Glenn Ashby (Sailing), Alisa Camplin, Lydia Lassila and David Morris (Aerial Skiing), and Katie Mactier, Leigh Howard and Cadel Evans (Cycling).
Interest in the VIS model of elite athlete development has attracted athletes, coaches and administrators to Melbourne, to study the VIS methods for success.
Ahead for the VIS
The VIS is excited about what lies ahead in the coming years, including the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, plus the many World Championship events for the range of sports involving VIS athletes.
The VIS acknowledges the financial support of the Australian Sports Commission for National Training Centre programs, and the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees for its endorsement of Olympic & Paralympic Training Centres.