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The small infrastructure program leaving a big legacy

12 September 2022

Investment is now complete for the AIS Small NSO Infrastructure Grant program, however the program will continue to have a long-lasting impact as Baseball, Boccia, Shooting and Softball received a combined $306,000 to support future projects.

Athletes standing in front of National Performance Centre sign
CombatAUS's National Performance Centre is now recognised as an AOC Olympic Training Centre.

Designed to give targeted support to national sporting organisations (NSOs) with smaller AIS funding-budgets, the AIS Small NSO Infrastructure Grant program has provided $2.3million to 23 sports over the past 12 months.

Shooting Australia CEO Adam Sachs said the sport will install electronic targets at the Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) which serves as the base for their National Pistol Program.

“The installation of the electronic targets at MISC will dramatically enhance athlete preparation for major domestic and international competition in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Sachs said.

“These upgrades will also enable Shooting Australia to host training camps at MISC for current and aspiring athletes looking to join our national squads and teams. This investment will create a real legacy for pistol athletes now and into the future.”

The AIS Small NSO Infrastructure Grant program has been helping Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games enhance their training environments, with a focus on the 2024 Paris Games, 2026 Victoria Commonwealth Games and 2028 LA Games. All projects are due to be completed before June 2023.

CombatAUS Performance Program Manager Nick Sanders said their athletes are already benefitting. Judo Australia received $75,000 last July and Australian Taekwondo an $81,907 boost last September to help transform their training area into an integrated world-class facility.

“The National Performance Centre is now recognised as an AOC Olympic Training Centre and can be utilised by both taekwondo and judo athletes and coaches which is very exciting," Sanders said.

Boxing Australia has also achieved some huge milestones since receiving their grant in 2021, with their pathway coaches and athletes gaining additional support.

"We’ve been able to better support our athletes and coaches who are transitioning from state to national programs through providing them with a range of new equipment such as video equipment to better analyse their training sessions," Boxing Australia’s General Manager Dinah Glykidis said.

Several national sporting organisations were awarded with multiple grants and the full list of recipients is listed below:

  • Artistic Swimming Australia ($140,000)
  • Australian Fencing Federation ($91,000)
  • Australian Taekwondo ($81,907)
  • Badminton Australia ($205,950)
  • Baseball Australia ($175,506)
  • Boccia Australia ($47,000)
  • Bowls Australia ($144,470)
  • Boxing Australia ($29,000)
  • Diving Australia Ltd ($62,000)
  • Judo Australia ($215,000)
  • Modern Pentathlon Australia ($29,000)
  • Paralympics Australia (Wheelchair Rugby) ($105,800)
  • Shooting Australia ($210,000)
  • Skate Australia Inc ($75,000)
  • Snow Australia ($345,000)
  • Softball Australia ($103,550)
  • Squash Australia Ltd ($45,000)
  • Surfing Australia ($103,000)
  • Table Tennis Australia (Able) ($20,000)
  • Table Tennis Australia (Para) ($39,580)
  • Volleyball Australia ($45,400).
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