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Victorian Institute of Sport

Programs for elite athletes were established at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) in 1990 and are funded by grants from the State and federal governments, as well as the corporate sector. The institute was initially set up as a private company (VIS Ltd) in response to criticisms of the centralised Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. VIS athletes receive support in the areas of advanced coaching, sports science and medicine services, training and competition, and concurrent career and education development. Fifteen sports form the major programs at the VIS, including track and field, badminton, canoeing, cricket, cycling, golf, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rowing, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis and weightlifting. Other sports receive occasional support through one-year programs, as well as individual athlete scholarships. State sporting associations apply for admission to the VIS and the decision to admit them is based on the number of registered athletes, the number of athletes ranked at national and international levels, a viable administrative and financial structure, and the community and media profile of the sport concerned. Policies of the VIS are determined by a board consisting of distinguished persons from within the public and private sector. Regular reports of VIS activities are published in its official magazine, The Pinnacle. In 2004 the VIS moved to premises in Olympic Park, and share the Glasshouse (formerly the Sports and Entertainment Centre) with Collingwood Football Club.

Rob Hess