ACT Academy of Sport

The ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) was formed in 1989 as the high performance arm of Sport and Recreation Services (SRS). Since then ACTAS has assisted over 1,900 high performance ACT athletes from a wide variety of sports in reaching their potential.  This includes 61 Olympic representatives and 29 Paralympians who have achieved a total of 45 medals.

ACTAS is an endorsed Official Olympic and Paralympic Training Centre and a key part of the National Elite Sports Council (NESC). Membership of NESC comprises the eight Australian state and territory institutes and academies of sport, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), as well as observer representatives from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA).

The mission of ACTAS is to support the development of ACTAS athletes and enable them to gain national team selection for their sport, through a commitment to the long term athlete development, health and wellbeing. ACTAS aims to assist local and nationally identified athletes in gaining national team selection through embracing an athletic performance development model which allows athletes to mature as individuals through a competency based system. 

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AIS Sports and Para‑sports Draft – Register Now

Following the successful 2013 Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Sports Draft registrations are now being taken for the 2014 AIS Sports and Para‑sports Draft.

The AIS Sports Draft is targeting potential athletes for the following sports:

  • Athletics: throwing, pole‑vault and sprinting up to 400 metres
  • Hockey Goalies: women
  • Combat Sports: judo, boxing and taekwondo
  • Paddling Sports: kayak and canoe (sprint and slalom)
  • Cycling: track sprint

AIS Sports Draft Information Flyer  (PDF229 KB) 

The AIS Para‑sports Draft is seeking individuals with cerebal palsy and other neurological type impairments such as multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury. It initially focuses on the recruitment of new individuals into the targeted sports of Para‑athletics, Para‑cycling and Para‑swimming. However, there are opportunities with a number of other sports for those athletes who show potential. These sports are:

  • Para‑athletics
  • Para‑cycling
  • Para‑rowing
  • Para‑swimming
  • Para‑table tennis
  • Para‑triathlon 

AIS Para‑sports Draft Information Flyer (PDF 266 KB)

Selection process and key dates

Athletes have until 28 September to express their interest online, following that, successful athletes will be notified and invited to attend a state based selection trial which will commence in October.

At the selection trials, athletes will take part in a range of physical and mental testing. Following these screenings identified athletes will be invited to sport specific testing and skill sessions conducted by the relevant sport.

For the AIS Sports Draft a final camp will be held at the AIS for successful athletes. If successful athletes will commence a 12‑month training opportunity with coaches and support from sport scientists and specialists.

For the Para‑sports Draft, successful athletes will have a 12‑month training opportunity with a targeted coach, as well as guidance provided by the AIS and APC to kick‑start their sporting career.

2014 Commonwealth Games

The 20th Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow, Scotland from the 23rd of July to the 3rd of August 2014. 17 athletes supported by ACTAS were officially selected to compete as a part of the Australian Team:

Athletics

Melissa Breen – 100m and 4x100m relay
Richard Nicholson –T54 1500m

Cycling

Chloe Hosking –Women's Road
Gracie Elvin –Women's Road
Nathan Haas – Men's Road
Nathan Hart – Men's Sprint
Brandie O'Connor – Women's Tandem
Thomas Clarke (pilot) – Men's Tandem
Paul Kennedy – Men's Tandem
Rebecca Henderson – Women's Mountain Bike

Hockey

Anna Flanagan – Women's
Edwina Bone – Women's
Andrew Charter – Men's

Judo

Sara Collins
Duke Didier

Swimming

Joshua Alford – S14 200m Freestyle

Weightlifting

Kylie Lindbeck

For further information on the Commonwealth Games results please visit the Official Australian Commonwealth Games Association website.

For further information on the 2014 Commonwealth Games please visit the Official Glasgow 2014 website.

Interested in becoming an Olympian?

Rowing has had unprecedented success at Olympic and World Championship level.  At the last Olympics in 2008 Australia won two Gold Medals with Drew Ginn winning his third Olympic gold medal. 

Rowing has the objective of winning three gold medals in 2012 and again in 2016.

The National Rowing Centre of Excellence, the National Talent Identification and Development Program along with the ACT Academy of Sport  and Rowing ACT are looking to identify young people with the talent and drive to become Olympians in rowing.

The Olympic Games presents a unique opportunity for interested individuals to be tested and identified now to potentially compete at the highest level of competition for the sport of rowing.

Participant general requirements:

  • 15 years of age or older
  • Males height > 185cm
  • Females height > 175cm
  • No rowing experience is required


Contact Us

Phone: (02) 6207 4388

Postal Address: PO Box 147 Civic Square ACT 2608
Office Location: National Hockey Centre, 196 Mouat Street, Lyneham ACT 2602