10 February 2024

AIS will stay in Canberra giving Olympic athletes certainty

| Zoe Cartwright
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The AIS will remain in Canberra, the Federal Government says. Photo: Sport Performance Centres.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will remain in Bruce, with the Federal Government accepting the recommendations of an independent review.

The news comes hot on the heels of an ACT Government announcement of funding for preliminary work on a new 30,000-seat stadium at Bruce.

The full review has not yet been released, with a spokesperson saying the government would consider the remaining recommendations, including those for the revitalisation of the Bruce campus, as part of its 2024-25 Budget deliberations, before it releases the report’s findings.

The review into the Australian Institute of Sport Infrastructure was announced in October 2023, and led by Ms Erin Flaherty and Ms Robyn Smith OAM.

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The review considered the optimal location for the AIS, the level of investment required, including appropriate accommodation facilities for athletes and staff, and international best practice.

There was broad-based support from stakeholders that the AIS campus at Bruce had unique attributes as a high-performance facility.

Minister for Sport Anika Wells said consistency for athletes in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics was crucial.

“Keeping the AIS in Canberra will help guide effective investment in sporting facilities to ensure the AIS continues to best support high-performance athletes on the road to Brisbane 2032,” she said.

“It is clear that any relocation would compromise athlete preparations for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, so I am pleased to offer certainty for the Australian sporting community as our Aussie athletes prepare to compete at our home Games.”

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