An indoor javelin-throwing facility, a five-lane runway, gym and recovery pools are just a few state-of-the-art features of the new Western Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre in Mount Claremont.

  • New $33.73 million WAIS High Performance Service Centre opens
  • State-of-the-art facilities for WA athletes training for Rio 2016 Games

Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today cut the ribbon on the $33.73 million facility, which will become the training hub for WA athletes preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This highly sophisticated service centre will ensure West Australian athletes remain at the forefront of high performance sport,” the Premier said.

“Among the new facilities, the centre contains three purpose-built hydrotherapy pools that are the best of their kind in Australia. I’m sure these will be a welcome change for our athletes who used to conduct recovery sessions in wheelie bins filled with ice.”

Alongside offices for WAIS staff and coaches, the centre will also offer state-of-the-art testing and training facilities, an 80 metre indoor runway, environmental and physiology laboratories, strength and conditioning gym, and other athlete amenities.

Ms Davies said WAIS worked with more than 250 athletes across 11 dedicated sporting programs including cycling, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, hockey and kayaking, as well as individual athletes from other sports.

“It is also home to the national training programs for pole vault and javelin, which is why it was so important to have a proper indoor throwing facility,” she said.

“Importantly, unlike the old building, every corner of this facility is accessible to athletes in a wheelchair.”

Ms Davies said the new centre would nurture those making State and national teams over the next decade.

The centre is another piece in the jigsaw of the sporting precinct which includes the development of the WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre and WA Rugby Centre.

Fact File:

  • The Government’s State Sporting Facilities Plan is part of our ongoing commitment to investing in major sporting infrastructure. This also includes the recently opened State Netball Centre, Wanneroo (Barbagallo) Raceway upgrade, nib Stadium redevelopment as well as the new Perth Stadium, currently under construction
  • VenuesWest is the governance agency and owner of the WAIS building
  • For more information, visit http://www.wais.org.au

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