The AIS was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser in 26 January 1981. The Institute was established as Australia’s national centre for the training and development of elite athletes and teams. The foundation eight sports programs include basketball, gymnastics, netball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and weightlifting. The original AIS Residence opened in 1985 and consisted of 21 flats, a dining room, study and recreational facilities. Some of the first athletes in residence at this time included Luc Longley (basketball), Darren Cahill (tennis) and Vicki Wilson (netball). Over 26 years, the AIS has evolved into the nation’s premier sports training institution, making a major contribution to Australia’s sporting success by identifying, developing and producing champions. More than 6,000 athletes have passed through the AIS since its establishment in 1981. By 2006, approximately 700 athletes were on scholarship at the Institute in 35 separate programs across 26 sports. The AIS offers up to 700 athlete scholarships annually. These athletes receive top-level coaching, access to equipment, sports science and sports medicine facilities, accommodation, meals and travel, and assistance with education and career planning. AIS nutrition caters for AIS athletes in the dining hall serving per week up to 1100 litres milk, 960 tubs yoghurt, 860 litres juice and 120 kilograms of bananas.
263 current and former AIS athletes competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 142 Olympic medals have been won by athletes from the AIS since its establishment. 40 thousand kilometres were swum by Petria Thomas while at the AIS. 1 million people visit the AIS each year www.ausport.gov.au/ais
Accommodation at AIS
Bedrooms include a single bed (with extra-long beds for tall riders), refrigerator, desk, fan, heater and sink. Bathrooms are shared, generally three rooms to two bathrooms. The AIS provides fresh linen and a towel.
Apartments are booked when possible. Up to four (4) people can be in an apartment, the layout is as follows. Three rooms make an apartment; there are two (2) single beds in both of the bedrooms. There is a common room with a TV. Attached to one bedroom is a small kitchen, attached to the other is a bathroom. All apartments are on the ground level.
What is Included at AIS
Part of weekends events are to use the AIS facilities, eat in their dinning hall, and take a tour.
General Rules of Residence
The purpose of these regulations is to maintain the safest possible environment for all athletes and guests. We wish to avoid any dangers that may arise from allowing free access to visitors to the site. Some degree of inconvenience to athletes and guests is inevitable in order to achieve an acceptable level of security. No alcohol is to be consumed in any common area. None of the following are to be brought into the AIS Halls of Residence: weapons, animals, illicit drugs, toxic substances and anything that is likely to cause injury to a person or damage to property. Riding bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades within the perimeter of the AIS Halls of Residence is not permitted. Fire equipment, such as extinguishers, hoses, room doors and door closers, must not be used improperly. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the AIS Halls of Residence (including the courtyard). Rooms must be maintained at an acceptable level of cleanliness and tidiness. Sheets and towels will be replaced on a weekly basis. Additional towels are available from reception for a small fee. Residents remain at all times subject to the general laws of the Australian Capital Territory.
Late night access to AIS Halls of Residence
At all times a security swipe card is required to move from the AIS Halls of Residence reception to your accommodation. The front doors to reception are locked from 10 each night through to 7:30 the following morning (9 am on Saturdays and Sundays). Residents entering or leaving between these times will need their security swipe cards. A security guard is permanently stationed overnight at the AIS Halls of Residence. Any instructions from the security guard should be obeyed. The security guard is often patrolling the AIS site, and residents requiring after hours access may alert the guard by pressing the button located beside the main door. Doors to each block are locked at 10:30 each night and can only be opened by a key to a room in that block. Residents should note that they will need their room key to gain access to their block after 10:30 pm. This is to ensure that the blocks are secure, quiet and free of unwanted visitors. The security guard will not access blocks or rooms for residents. We expect athletes to be thoughtful and responsible in carrying their security swipe card and keys for after hours access. The gate between the laundry and residences is automatically locked overnight from 10:30 pm to 6 am. Your security swipe card will not allow access to the AIS Halls of Residence through the gate during this time period.
Rules for visitors
Visitors cannot stay overnight in the AIS Halls of Residence. Visitors must leave the AIS Halls of Residence by 10:30 pm. Visitors arriving after 10:30 pm will not be granted entry nor will the guard contact the athlete/official. The behaviour of visitors within the AIS Halls of Residence is the responsibility of the athlete/official they have come to visit and/or the athlete/official whose security swipe card opened the door. Athletes and officials must ensure that their visitors uphold the rules and they must escort their visitors around the AIS Halls of Residence at all times.
General rules of residence
Access to the dining hall
Access to the dining hall is by use of the security swipe card. Please adhere to the times indicated in your program.
How to use the dining hall
The dining hall has a colour-coded system to highlight the different categories of food available (such as low fat, high carbohydrate). Camp participants are requested to take small serves of food and return as frequently as desired to limit food wastage. Wasted food is not only costly, but reduces the variety for those eating later. It is the responsibility of each person to return all his or her plates and utensils to the wash-up area, where they must scrape their leftover food into the bins provided. . At certain times there may be congestion in the dining hall. In these situations, non-resident guests are requested to give AIS resident athletes priority whenever possible. Food is ordered to meet anticipated needs. Dining hall guests are permitted to eat as much as they wish within the dining hall, but wastage is strongly discouraged. Please take what you need, remembering that you may return for extra serves.
Athlete supervisors monitor behaviour in the dining hall. Please respond to any requests made by these staff members.
All camp participants must be appropriately dressed when in the dining hall. The guidelines are as follows. Tops must have sleeves. Brief clothing and training gear is not permitted. Footwear must be worn at all times. Athletes must not come straight from training to the dining hall without showering. Athletes/officials are not permitted to wear caps or hats in the dining hall. Anyone not observing these conditions will be asked to leave the dining hall and return when suitably attired.
Dining hall conduct
The following conduct must be adhered to: Residents and visitors must not sit on tables, or place their feet on chairs. It is the responsibility of each person to return all his or her plates and utensils to the wash-up area, where they must scrape their leftover food into the bins provided. At certain times there may be congestion in the dining hall. In these situations, non-resident guests are requested to give AIS resident athletes priority whenever possible. Food is ordered to meet anticipated needs. Dining hall guests are permitted to eat as much as they wish within the dining hall, but wastage is strongly discouraged. Please take what you need, remembering that you may return for extra serves.