Australia’s Prestigious and World Renowned Institute of Sports Hits 30 Year Milestone with Anniversary Celebrations
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) January 27, 2011
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib recognised the role of Australia’s most prestigious and well-recognised sporting institution, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The AIS was officially opened on Australia Day in 1981 and has proven itself a world leader in its field.
“The achievements of the AIS during the past three decades have spearheaded much of the success Australian sport has enjoyed during this period,” Senator Arbib said.
“Since its foundation in 1981, the AIS has provided world-class facilities and expert support to thousands of our elite athletes and has produced countless world, Olympic and Paralympic champions.
“As we approach the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the Government is proud to support the AIS as the centrepiece of our elite sporting program.”
Director of the AIS, Professor Peter Fricker, said the 30th anniversary was an important milestone for the Institute, which is a major division of the Australian Sports Commission.
“The past 30 years has seen a lot change within the AIS, but the role of producing world-class athletes has always remained consistent,” Professor Fricker said.
“We have prided ourselves on striving to be the best in the world, but also providing the best facilities and support for our athletes.
“The reputation of the AIS as an international institution has been established not only by our athletes, but also by our world-class coaches, sports scientists and medical staff.
“The 30th anniversary allows us to reflect on what has passed, but also gives us a chance to reassess and plan for an even bigger and better future.”
Senator Arbib praised the work of Professor Fricker and the AIS team.
“Peter Fricker has played a major role in sport in this country as team doctor and medical director of Australian teams at five Olympic Games and six Commonwealth Games and in the past five years as the head of the AIS. I thank him for his ongoing service to sport,” Senator Arbib said.
Five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alicia Coutts said the AIS has given her the support, guidance and confidence to compete against and beat the world’s best.
“The facilities and support staff at the Australian Institute of Sports are the best in the world,” Coutts said.
“To reach our maximum performance levels requires a lot of hard work, and without these superb conditions our results wouldn’t be possible.
“The history and aura of the AIS has continued to grow since it began, and as an athlete you have to pinch yourself sometimes to think that you are part of it.”
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