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The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) helps elite Victorian athletes become the best of the best on the world stage. It was established in 1990 by the State Government as a private trustee company, with its Board of Directors appointed by the Victorian Minister for Sport.
The VIS is located at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. It is a non-residential institute, which utilises Melbourne’s outstanding sporting facilities, to allow high performance athletes to live and train in Melbourne.
The VIS is funded by the State Government through Sport & Recreation Victoria, the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Sports Commission, National and State Sporting Associations and corporate sector sponsors.
The VIS awards scholarships to approximately 200 talented Victorian athletes from over 20 sports on an annual basis. Both able-bodied athletes & athletes with a disability have scholarships. VIS scholarships provide athletes with access to coaching, sport science and sports medicine services, career and education advice, and training and competition support. There are three scholarship programs available: Tier 1, Individual and Future Talent.
The current Tier 1 sports are; Aerial skiing, Athletics, Cycling, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming. Athletes with an Individual Scholarship compete in sports which do not have a VIS Tier 1 sports program. VIS athletes with an Individual Scholarship come from a wide range of sports which may change each year, such as badminton, BMX, boxing, lawn bowls, snowboarding and many more. Future Talent scholarships are for talented athletes who show outstanding potential for future success but are not yet eligible for a full scholarship due to age or selection criteria restrictions; once identified they are provided with VIS support services to “fast track” their development.