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New AIS branding to fit with new direction for high performance sport

New AIS branding to fit with new direction for high performance sport
February 4, 2014

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has launched new branding that aligns more closely with its new strategic direction focused on innovation and bold performance targets.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie said the new brand positioning represents a generational shift for high performance sport in Australia as we set our sights on international success over the next decade.

Wylie explained "the AIS has had a proud history in Australian sport since 1981 and the previous logo signifies all that success during the last 33 years.

"We want to ensure the AIS brand reflects how we operate in 2014 and into the future.

"This new brand will be an important springboard for enhanced commercial partnerships and opportunities for the AIS, which in turn will benefit sports and athletes."

ASC Chief Executive Simon Hollingsworth said the decision to adopt a new brand followed extensive research, adding "research and consultation confirmed the AIS is very well known and highly respected as an institution for sporting excellence.

"However, what the analysis did tell us was the current brand was not contemporary, and lacked relevance for our key stakeholders, including potential sponsors and commercial partners.

"As an ex-AIS athlete, I value our history as much as anyone, and we should look to the past with great pride and harness our learnings for the future.

"This new brand takes us into a new age for Australian high performance sport. The new positioning will effectively support Australia's Winning Edge and will I hope, inspire many young Australian athletes."

The new AIS brand logo (top) replaces the current logo from 1981.

Australia's world champion BMX athlete Caroline Buchanan said she was very excited by what the new AIS brand meant for Australian sport.

Buchanan stated "the new brand is modern, innovative and bold and that's how I like to approach my training and sport.

"Sport on the world stage is becoming increasingly tough and competitive so we continually challenge our methods and processes to ensure we have that winning edge.

"Visually it reflects movement and an open approach with the gold colour reflecting our aspirations."

Co-founder of high performance compression garments supplier 2XU Aidan Clarke said as a long-standing performance partner of the AIS, said he was delighted with the striking new branding, concluding "its strength reiterates the AIS' steadfast commitment to transform itself and remain relevant and captivating in an ever changing, always competitive industry.

"For commercial partners like 2XU, the new brand offers a modern and highly recognisable platform from which to base collaborative ventures and campaigns in the shared pursuit of excellence.

"We look forward to working with the AIS through this next brand chapter."

For more information go to www.ausport.gov.au/news/ais_news/story_564006_ais_launches_new_brand_to_fit_new_direction


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