Described as ‘sport stripped to its barest essentials,’ track and field is now a complex, deeply researched sport. One of the eight founding sports at the inception of the AIS in 1981, track and field athletes with the AIS have superior coaching, world class equipment and innovative clothing and shoes to give them a performance edge while they develop their skills at the high performance training centre in Canberra.
The all-weather mondo-surface athletics track with incorporated electronic timing and equipment for photo-finishes, and the biomechanics testing facility for jumping, sprinting and hurdling events are just two attractions at the highly regarded, and fast, competition venue with the AIS.
With athletes taking advantage of the AIS Resident Scholarship program based in Canberra full time, visiting athletes who hold Camps Based Scholarships and National Squad members who come to the AIS to train with the help of Athletics Australia, the Track and Field program is committed to developing both able-bodied and disabled athletes. The development of all athletes is based on an holistic approach, with scholarship holders expected to engage in study or work while in Canberra. Participants are also prepared for life after success on the world stage.
Scholarship holders are given a full residential scholarship covering meals, accommodation on site, coaching, access to sports science and sports medicine services and access to the AIS facilities. For athletes who choose to love off campus, the AIS will provide an allowance and the same access to facilities and services as full residential members. These services and facilities are also available to nominated potential medal winning athletes to assist with preparation for events over a shorter period.
Hosting a series of group camps focused on walks, sprints and jumps for athletes with a disability, 400m hurdles and other events as recommended by Athletics Australia, the AIS program also offers youth development camps and squad camps for National Target Talent participants. 28 places are offered in the scholarship program, with dedicated placements for disabled athletes and an additional place through the Gary Knoke memorial fund which is offered when required.