Gymnastics has been called the toughest sport in the world. It requires strength, flexibility, coordination, aggression, flair, and many other skills.
Despite the necessity for athletes to demonstrate huge dedication and mental toughness to succeed at gymnastics, gymnasts receive constant encouragement and nurturing through the support of a close and friendly national and international community.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Gymnastics program offers Australian gymnasts the chance to train to be the world’s best.
About the program
Gymnastics was one of the AIS’s original eight founding sports, established with the Institute in 1981. The AIS program was based in Canberra from 1981-2010 and offered residential male and female athletes access to a world-class training hall with permanent apparatus and state-of-the-art technique monitoring, via video recording.
The AIS program was built around a holistic philosophy that tailored coaching and training to support each gymnast's individual physical, educational, social and ethical growth.
In 2011 AIS Gymnastics will be delivered as a camps based program. This means that up to 20 gymnastics camps will be held at the AIS for Olympic squad members. In addition to this, other High Performance Centres will also utilise the AIS gymnastics facilities.
AIS Gymnastics works closely with Gymnastics Australia to encourage a more professional national approach to the sport, both inside and outside of the gymnastics community.