About the Victorian Institute of Sport

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.

Background

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.

Premises

The VIS is located at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, the former home of the South Melbourne Swans and the current home of the South Melbourne Football Club.

Funding

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.

Facilities

The VIS 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.

Programs

VIS programs are conducted in partnership with State Sporting Associations.

Almost 400 athletes from a wide range of sports participate in VIS programs. Both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability have scholarships.

Support Services

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.

Partnerships

The VIS has close associations with sporting organisations, schools and universities, and private clinics and practitioners, ensuring that athletes receive optimal benefits.

National Programs

Several sports have established National Training Centre programs at the VIS to enable many of Australia’s best athletes to prepare for international competition.

Regional Programs

Emerging elite athletes from country Victoria are assisted by Regional Academies of Sport, located around Victoria.

Olympic Success

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.

Paralympic Success

VIS athletes have won several medals 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).

Non-Olympic Success

VIS athletes have achieved international success in non-Olympic sports such as netball, squash and golf.

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 and Lydia Lassila (Aerial Skiing), and Katie Mactier, Leigh Howard and Cadel Evans (Cycling).

International Profile

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 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio and 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 Committee for its endorsement of Olympic Training Centres.