Western Australian Institute of Sport

Launched in 1984 as an initiative of the Western Australian Government the WAIS has a proud record of producing outstanding athletes.

Main objectives are to provide talented Western Australian sportspeople with opportunities to achieve excellence in high performance sport within their home environment.

WAIS supports Western Australia’s elite and potential elite athletes through two programs The WAIS individual scholarship scheme and WAIS Sport Squad programs.

Scholarships are offered in all Olympic disciplines and scholarships are awarded each year.

Current WAIS programs include athletics, baseball, canoeing, hockey, netball, softball, swimming, water polo, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, and sailing.

Individual scholarship sports include archery, athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, gymnastics, hockey, ice skating, judo, rowing, sailing, pistol shooting, small bore rifle, swimming taekwondo, tennis, water polo, weightlifting, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby.

The number of athletes under WAIS’s guidance at any one time is up to 500.

Staff include full-time coaches and part-time coaches, sport scientists, administration and management staff.

54 athletes from Western Australia formed part of the 2004 Australian Olympic Team in Athens.

WA athletes won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals: a total of 13 medal-winning performances in nine events and five sports, cycling, swimming, rowing, athletics and hockey.

The Government of Western Australia supports WAIS with annual funding of $3,750,000.

WAIS is an official Olympic Training Centre recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee.

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Liz Parnov in action at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Photo: Getty Images