Small infrastructure program leaving a big legacy

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Designed to provide targeted support to national sports organizations with smaller AIS funding budgets, the AIS Small NSO Infrastructure Grant Program has provided $2.3 million to 23 sports over the past 12 months.

Shooting Australia CEO Adam Sachs said the sport would install electronic targets at the Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC), which serves as the base for its national pistol programme.

“The installation of the electronic targets at MISC will significantly improve the preparation of athletes for major national and international competitions in the run-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics,” said Sachs.

“These upgrades will also allow Shooting Australia to run training camps at MISC for current and future athletes who wish to join our squads and national teams. This investment will create a true legacy for pistol athletes now and in the future.

The AIS Small NSO Infrastructure Grant program has helped the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games improve their training environments, with a focus on the Paris 2024 Games, the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games and the LA 2028 Games All projects must be completed by June 2023.

Nick Sanders, performance program manager for CombatAUS, said their athletes are already benefiting. Judo Australia received $75,000 last July and Australian Taekwondo a boost of $81,907 last September to help transform their training area into a world-class integrated facility.

“The National Performance Center is now recognized as an AOC Olympic training facility and can be used by both taekwondo and judo athletes and coaches, which is very exciting,” Sanders said.

Boxing Australia has also made huge strides since receiving its grant in 2021, with its coaches and athletes receiving additional support.

“We have been able to better support our athletes and coaches as they move from national to national programs by providing them with a range of new equipment such as video equipment to better analyze their training sessions,” said Boxing Australia’s chief executive, Dinah Glykidis.

Several national sports organizations have received multiple grants and the full list of recipients is shown 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); Filming in Australia ($210,000); Skate Australia Inc ($75,000); Snow Australia ($345,000); Softball Australia ($103,550); Squash Australia Ltd ($45,000); Surf Australia ($103,000); Table Tennis Australia (Able) ($20,000); Table Tennis Australia (Para) ($39,580); Volleyball Australia ($45,400).

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