Northern Territory Institute of Sport

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) provides opportunities for young Territorians to achieve their goals at the highest level of sport.

It has a reputation for training and sporting excellence and given the Northern Territory’s small population they have produced outstanding results.
• Desmond Abbott- bronze medallist in hockey at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
• Mark Hickman - gold medallist in hockey at the 2004 Athens Olympics
• Nova Peris – gold medallist in hockey at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
• Stephen Holt – bronze medallist in hockey at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
• Judith Green – gold medallist at the 2000 Paralympics
• Shayne Bannan- Head coach , Australian cycling

These are just a few of the outstanding sportspeople who have attended the NTIS.

In 1999 the NTIS was recognised as an official Olympic Training Centre by the Australian Olympic Committee. It remains an Official Training Centre which is frequented by national teams preparing for major competition.

Hockey, athletics and shooting are just some of the sports who use the NTIS facilities in the lead up to Olympic competition.

Many sports based themselves in Darwin prior to the Athens Olympics and used the NTIS facilities as they acclimatised to the heat and the 40+ temperatures they faced in Athens.

NTIS played a key role in Australia winning 49 medals , including a record 17 gold, at the Athens Olympics. Much of the medal success was attributed to the fact that many of our athletes were able to cope with the heat because of their time in Darwin.

The NTIS delivers specialised services in coaching, training and research. Elite scholarships are offered to the Territory’s most outstanding athletes in such sports as Australian Football, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Tenpin Bowling, Weightlifting, Cycling and Tennis.

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Des Abbott competes in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games hockey competition. Photo: Getty Images