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The announcement by the Australian Government to upgrade the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra has been welcomed by Paralympics Australia (PA). 

PA President Alison Creagh said the confirmation of a $249.7million investment, announced by Prime Minister The Hon Anthony Albanese on Friday, recognised the critical ongoing role of the AIS Campus for the nation’s high-performance ecosystem. 

“For decades, the AIS Campus has played an important role in providing our athletes with world-class training environments and these enhancements will enable the Australian high-performance system to elevate our capabilities. 

“As we look ahead to Brisbane 2032, creating a network of inclusive and accessible high-performance facilities across Australia is key to ensuring the success of the Australian Paralympic Team on the global stage.” 

Ms Creagh said the development of 192-bed multi-story and fully accessible accommodation building was particularly pleasing. 

“Paralympics Australia contributed to the accessibility review of the AIS Campus, underscoring our commitment to ensure more Para-athletes have access to world-class training facilities.  

“Paralympics Australia continues to inform and provide insights to assist the HP system to create inclusive and accessible environments that foster excellence in Paralympic sport.” 

The funding allocated for the upgrade, following the Independent Review of AIS Infrastructure, will focus on a large indoor Sport Dome and a state-of-the-art Testing and Training Centre in addition to the accommodation facility.  

“Paralympics Australia looks forward to supporting the Australian Sports Commission as plans are finalised to ensure that these upgrades fulfill the needs of our athletes and sports and contribute to further success for the Australian sporting system,” Ms Creagh said. 

By Tim Mannion, Paralympics Australia.

Published: 10 May, 2024.