Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

Formed by the Australian Olympic Committee in 1998 the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWI) has produced elite athletes who have performed at the highest level on the world stage.

The OWI’s main objective is to develop and prepare elite Australian athletes for participation in the Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events.

Leading athletes since the OWI’s inception include Olympic Champions Steven Bradbury, Alisa Camplin, Dale Begg-Smith and Lydia Lassila.

Current OWI programs include aerial skiing, figure skating, mogul skiing, short track skating, skeleton, snowboard cross and snowboard halfpipe.

The OWI also assists with the development and funding of high performance coaches. They provide expert technical advice to National Winter Sports Federations and State Institutes of Sport to help develop younger athletes who aspire to one day competing at the Olympic level.

The Australian Olympic Committee provides base funding to the OWI which is an official Olympic Training Centre recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee.

The AOC has committed funding of $1,000,000 in 2010 and 2011 to the OWI.

The Institute is also supported financially by the Federal Government via the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.

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Scott Kneller competes in a men's ski cross at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images