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David outside the AIS
David outside the AIS
The track

Australian Institude of Sport

Thursday, October 24, 2002
David goes for gold when he takes on a little sporting competition.

On Australia Day in 1981, the then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser opened the Australian Institute of Sport. After our poor performance at the Montréal Olympic Games in 1976, it was clear that our elite athletes needed serious training facilities. The result was 65 hectares specifically geared for sports people and their coaches.

For anyone who is keen to pursue a sport or those just curious about how successful athletes have to train to reach the top, an AIS tour is the best place to go.

Athletes take visitors on tours of the facilities so you are getting information from the right source. As coaches don't let tours interrupt their training schedules, there is every chance you will see a session in progress.

SportEx at the AIS is a permanent interactive exhibition. It portrays athletes, both able-bodied and disabled, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes, and athletes who have come from other countries and competed for Australia.

As you would expect, there is emphasis on the Sydney 2000 Games with much memorabilia on display such as Michael Klim's medals, Louise Sauvage's bodysuit and Andrew Gaze's singlets.

There is also a tribute to legendary athletes, boasting items including one of Sir Donald Bradman's bats, Evonne Goolagong's Wimbledon Trophy and Shane Gould's five Olympic medals.

The three 2000 Olympics mascots — Syd, Millie and Olly — are present, along with an Olympic dais which was well trodden by our athletes. There is also one of the 187 community cauldrons which were used across Australia throughout the torch relay. Olympic swimmer Phil Rogers' torch is on display as a memento of the longest relay in Olympics history. The flame came from Greece and covered 27,000km across Australia along in the build-up to the opening ceremony.

A guided tour from the Nestlé Visitor Centre takes around 90 minutes. If they wish, visitors can try their accuracy at shooting for baskets, have a go on the virtual downhill snow-skiing machine, rock climb, test their balance on a beam or try the rowing machine.


Bruce in the Australian Capital Territory.


AIS tours cost $12 for adults and $6 for children. They operate every day.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

AIS Tours
Leverrier Crescent, Bruce ACT 2617
Ph: (02) 6214 1444

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