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Buzz of activity on the AIS campus

16 November 2022

The disruptions of the pandemic did not stop the AIS from welcoming an unprecedented number of athletes, coaches and high performance staff onto the campus during the last financial year.

Australian Wrestling Squad posing for group photo
Twenty-five of the best wrestlers in Australia visited the AIS Combat Centre in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

During the last financial year the AIS hosted 122 camps, including 26 exclusive para camps, and the waitlist for the coming months continues to grow.

"The AIS site has become a one-stop-shop for sports that really value having everything they need in the one place, such as training facilities, accommodation, around-the-clock medical care and access to specialised sports science,’’ said AIS Performance Services Manager Julian Jones.

"In the last 6 months alone, we’ve hosted 88 camps representing 19 sports, and a further 148 camps are already locked in for the remainder of 2022. Even more pleasingly, we’re seeing an increase in repeat visits and are receiving excellent feedback.’’

The Australian Wrestling Squad, consisting of the best 25 wrestlers in the country, visited last April to train for over 2 months in the lead-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The squad held daily wrestling sessions inside and outside the centre, used the AIS Recovery Centre and attended sessions with AIS nutritionists and Sport Integrity Australia.

Wrestling Australia Head Coach Carissa Holland was pleased to see the entire squad come together after a challenging 2 years.

"There are few facilities around Australia with the room to facilitate so many wrestlers, so we’ve been able to utilise the AIS Combat Centre to its fullest,’’ said Holland.

“The AIS is a world-class facility where you have everything at your fingertips, so it was so important for the entire squad to be able to access a facility like this.”

The campus activities falls within the key strategic pillars outlined in the 2021-22 Annual Report.

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