Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Robert de Castella slams lack of direction at Australian Institute of Sport

Robert de Castella slams lack of direction at Australian Institute of Sport
July 31, 2018

Marathon legend Robert de Castella has slammed the current direction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), declaring the once elite sporting institution is dead and lamenting the end of an era at the Canberra campus.

With the Federal Government set to publish a new National Sports Plan tomorrow, de Castella, Director of the AIS from 1990 to 1995, is uncertain as to whether the AIS will get clarity over its future.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, it is uncertain as to whether the Federal Government’s plan, which has been developed over the past 18 months, will include a review of major assets, including the AIS Arena and Canberra Stadium.

With several sports including Football Federation Australia and Gymastics Australia leaving, or having ended their programs at the AIS, de Castella expressed a fear that political decisions will haunt the next generation of athletes, coaches and staff.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald “the AIS is dead. It's the end of an era, it's devastating. Devastating for all of the young kids and I don't know where all of our next generation of athletes, coaches, sports medicos and physios and scientists are going to come from.”

Reportedly looking to reinvent itself so it can become a world leader in sports science the new-look AIS will differentiate from other state sports institutes.

However, 40 jobs are likely to be lostwhile the Australian Sports Commission is looking to sell Canberra Stadium and the AIS Arena to the ACT Government in a significant asset overhaul.

de Castella stated “you can't have seven state institutes or academies providing the same quality of service of one national peak organisation. You can't afford it for a start, let alone the culture that has been decimated.

"It's like shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. It's just a shell of what it was at the AIS. The 'new' AIS has no athletes, no coaches, and no residential program. It makes it a sham.

"What was once great, the envy of the world and the dreams of Aussie sports kids, coaches and support staff, is now gone, never to return."

Gymnastics, one of the eight foundation sports at the campus, is leaving the AIS for the first time since 1981, citing a decaying facility as the main reason from walking away.

In addition, national sporting organisations will be responsible for most operations, including having sports scientists divided up instead of having them working in one central hub.

de Castella added “this has been coming for years. It all started with the amalgamation of the sports commission and the AIS. The bureaucrats within the commission are better at winning at the end of the day than the coaches and technical experts.”

The ACT Government is the main tenant of both the AIS Arena and Canberra Stadium, paying $350,000 to rent Canberra Stadium for Canberra Raiders and ACT Brumbies games.

The venues are owned by the Commission and are on Federal Government land.

Related Articles

28th May 2018 - Australian Institute of Sport set for Summit launch of new Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement division

12th May 2018 - More children trying sport, but desired activity levels still not being met

8th May 2018 - Report suggests Australian Institute of Sport to shed 40 jobs at Canberra base

19th April 2018 - Ian Burns sets goal for AIS to be world leader in sport technology

21st June 2016 - Athletics legend de Castella says community infrastructure a key asset

21st September 2014 - Sportscover backs Indigenous Marathon Project

13th August 2012 - AOC’s Coates slams management of Australia’s Olympic sports

1st August 2011 - AIS European Training Centre a key to London Olympics prospects


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport

 
 

APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology

 
 

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business