Timeline

Below are major events/achievements in the history of the Australian Institute of Sport.

1980

  • 25 January, the establishment of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) announced by Hon. Mr Justice Ellicott, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
  • 25 August, Mr Don Talbot appointed the inaugural Director of the AIS.

1981

  • 26 January, AIS officially opened by the Prime Minister, Hon. Malcolm Fraser. The original eight sports were - basketball, gymnastics, netball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, weightlifting

1982

  • Commonwealth Games Brisbane - 37 current and former AIS athletes competed in three sports and won 12 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze medals.

1983

1984

  • Dr John Cheffers appointed Director of the AIS.
  • Olympic Games Los Angeles - 33 current and former AIS athletes competed in four sports and won 5 silver and 2 bronze medals.
  • Diving (Brisbane) and Hockey (Perth) programs established.
  • Frank Stewart Training Centre for netball, basketball, soccer and weightlifting completed.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Karen Phillips (Swimming)

1985

1986

  • Commonwealth Games Edinburgh - 75 current and former AIS athletes competed in five sports and won 19 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals.
  • Cricket (Adelaide) program established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - James Galloway (Rowing)

1987

  • Mr Ron Harvey appointed Director of the AIS.
  • Cycling (Adelaide), Rugby Union (Brisbane/Sydney/Canberra) and Canoeing (Gold Coast) programs established.
  • Australian Sports Commission and the AIS merged.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Kerry Saxby (Track and Field)

1988

  • Russell Short , a vision impaired thrower, awarded the first scholarship for an athlete with disability.
  • Olympic Games Seoul - 118 current and former athletes competing in thirteen sports and won 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze medals
  • Paralympic Games Seoul - 1 current athlete and won 2 gold medals.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Kerry Saxby (Track and Field)

1989

  • AIS Canoe Facility opened on the Gold Coast.
  • Intensive Training Centre's established in eight sports - basketball, canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, swimming, and track and field
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Kerry Saxby (Track and Field)

1990

  • Commonwealth Games Auckland - 87 current and former AIS athletes competed in six sports and won 25 gold, 25 silver and 27 bronze medals.
  • Mr Robert De Castella appointed Director of the AIS.
  • Volleyball (Sydney) program established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Steve McGlede (Cycling)

1991

  • Oceania Olympic Training Centre established in Canberra.
  • Men's Road Cycling (Canberra) program established.
  • Lifeskills for Elite Athletes Program (LEAP) established. Program now called Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Program.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Linley Frame (Swimming)

1992

  • Golf (Melbourne) program established.
  • Olympic Games Barcelona - 139 current and former athletes competed in thirteen sports and won 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals
  • Paralympic Games Barcelona - 12 current and former athlete competed in two sports and won 10 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Clint Robinson (Canoeing)

1993

  • Women's Road Cycling (Canberra) and Women's Softball (Brisbane) programs established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - World Junior Female Basketball Team and Men's Track Cycling Pursuit Team

1994

  • Commonwealth Games Victoria - 87 current and former AIS athletes competed five sports and won 35 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Australian Women's Hockey Team

1995

  • Mountain Biking (Canberra) program established.
  • Mr John Boultbee appointed as AIS Director.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Shane Kelly (Cycling)

1996

  • Atlanta Olympic Games - 207 current and former AIS athletes competed in thirteen sports and won 4 gold, 7 silver and 17 bronze medals.
  • Atlanta Paralympic Games - 26 current and former AIS athletes competed in seven sports and won 22 gold, 22 silver and 5 bronze medals.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Megan Still and Kate Slatter (Rowing)

1997

  • Boxing, Wrestling, Archery, Shooting (all Canberra) and Australian Football (Melbourne) programs established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Louise Sauvage (Wheelchair athletics)

1998

  • Women's Soccer program established.
  • Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur - 138 current and former AIS athletes competed in twelve sports and won 34 gold, 29 silver and 21 bronze medals.
  • Winter Olympic Games Nagano - 8 athletes competed in three sports and won 1 bronze medal
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Michael Klim (Swimming)

1999

  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Michael Klim (Swimming)

2000

  • Olympic Games Sydney - 319 current and former athletes competed in nineteen sports and won 8 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals.
  • Paralympic Games Sydney - 54 current and former athletes won 29 gold, 17 silver and 15 bronze medals.
  • Sailing (Sydney), Women's Cricket , Slalom Canoeing (Sydney), Triathlon programs established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Simon Fairweather (Archery)

2001

  • Mr Michael Scott appointed Director of the AIS
  • Rugby League (decentralised) and Alpine Skiing for Athletes with Disabilities Programs established.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Petria Thomas (Swimming) and Philippe Rizzo (Gymnastics)

2002

  • Winter Olympics Salt Lake City - 23 current and former athletes competed in five sports and won 2 gold medals
  • Winter Paralympics Salt Lake City - 6 current and former athletes competed in one sport and won 6 gold and 1 silver medal
  • Commonwealth Games Manchester - 168 current and former athletes competed in fifteen sports and won 45 gold, 23 silver and 34 bronze medals
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Petria Thomas (Swimming)

2003

  • AIS Archery Centre opened in Canberra
  • AIS Rowing Centre extension opened.
  • AIS Golf facility located at Moonah Links, near Rye on Victoria's Mornington Pennisula opened.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Nathan Baggaley (Canoeing)

2004

  • Olympic Games Athens - 289 current and former athletes competed in competed in twenty sports and won 10 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals
  • Paralympic Games Athens - 47 current and former athletes won 13 gold, 27 silver and 23 bronze medals
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Petria Thomas (Swimming)  and Ryan Bayley (Cycling)

2005

  • Professor Peter Fricker appointed Director of the AIS
  • New extension to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Diving dry land training facility at the Sleeman Centre in Chandler, Queensland opened
  • AIS/AVF Beach Volleyball National Centre of Excellence was launched
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Peter Robertson (Triathlon)  and Robin Bell Slalom (Canoeing)

2006

  • Winter Olympics Torino - 23 current and former athletes competed in six sports and won 1 gold and 1 bronze medal
  • Winter Paralympics Torono - 9 current and former athletes competed in one sport and won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal
  • Commonwealth Games Melbourne - 177 current and former athletes competed in thirteen sports and won 42 gold, 34 silver and 34 bronze medals
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Philippe Rizzo (Gymnastics)

2007

  • AIS Hub opened. The AIS hub features a 110-metre indoor running track (with jumping pit), new physiology laboratories and an enhanced strength and conditioning gymnasium.
  • New AIS Athlete Residences opened.The three-storey residences  accommodate supervisors and 144 live-in scholarship holders in self-contained units of four to six bedrooms.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Nathan Deakes (Athletics) and Anna Meares (Cycling)

2008

  • Olympic Games Beijing - 263 current and former AIS athletes won 7 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals
  • Paralympic Games Beijing - 47 current and former AIS athletes won 18 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Ken Wallace (Canoeing) and Heath Francis (Athletics)

2009

  • AIS Director Peter Fricker honoured for services to sports medicine
  • Professor Louise Burke was named the recipient of the 2009 Honour and Citation award from the American College of Sports Medicine
  • AIS announces winning partnership with 2XU
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Brenton Rickard (Swimming) and Emma Moffatt (Triathlon)

2010

  • Olympic Winter Games Vancouver - 22 current and former AIS athletes won 1 gold, and 1 silver medal
  • Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver - 9 current AIS athletes won 1 silver and 3 bronze medals
  • Commonwealth Games New Delhi - 158 current and former (including Paralympic scholarship holders)  competed in 12 sports and won 88 medals; 41 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze. Australia won a total of 177 medals.
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Lydia Lassila (Winter Sports)

2011

  • European Training Centre opened
  • AIS Athlete of the Year - Anna Meares (Cycling)

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