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Fraser leaves legacy for AIS

Malcolm Fraser
Malcolm Fraser opens the AIS in 1981.

20 Mar 2015

Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie AM said the Australian sporting community was deeply indebted to former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who has passed away.

On Australia Day 1981 – when opening the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra – Mr Fraser said: ‘Coaches and athletes working together through this institute will, I’m certain, produce great things for Australia and carry Australia’s name high.’

“His words and legacy live on through the work of the AIS and the Australian Sports Commission,” John Wylie said.

“From the disappointment of the Montreal Olympics in 1976, when Australia failed to win a gold medal, Mr Fraser’s government worked on restoring our national sporting pride.

“At the centre of this revival was the creation of the Australian of Institute of Sport.

“More than 30 years since it was opened by Mr Fraser, the AIS remains a global symbol for sporting excellence both on the field of play and in the areas of sports science and sports medicine.

“His vision and commitment to Australian sport when it was desperately needed cannot be underestimated.

“The environment he helped create for Australian sport, with the AIS at its core, ensured the development of multiple world champions over the past three decades.”

See footage of the AIS opening on the AIS Facebook page

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