WAIS Overview


To provide opportunities for talented Western Australian athletes to achieve excellence in elite sport with support from their home environment.


To Produce Champions.

Guiding Principles

The philosophies guiding WAIS operations are defined by the following principles:

  • Principle 1: International Focus
    WAIS will allocate resources to support the ultimate attainment of elite athlete performance at the open international level.
  • Principle 2: Western Australian Significance
    WAIS will focus its efforts on assisting athletes competing in sports that are culturally significant to the Western Australian community. WAIS will also be cognizant of local infrastructure and environmental factors potentially influencing elite and potential elite athlete training and competition performance.
  • Principle 3: Partnerships
    WAIS recognizes that it is a specialist provider to sport and must act in partnership with sport. WAIS will allocate resources to enhance the support provided by sports to their athletes. Partnerships should reflect an inclusiveness of Western Australia in the national system.
  • Principle 4: Community Values
    WAIS will uphold community values in all aspects of its operation. WAIS athletes are role models for the community and therefore must reflect its values in their actions and interactions on and off the field. WAIS recognises the right and responsibility of athletes to train and compete in a fair, ethical, healthy and safe environment.

Organisational Values

Organisational culture is core to WAIS achieving long term sustainable success. Our culture is defined by valuing people and excellence in all aspects of our operations.


  • To maximise Western Australian representation on Australian Teams
  • To enhance the performance of Australian Teams


A comprehensive account of the Western Australian Institute of Sport's history is available via the Going For Gold | Champions from the West book which you can view here.

Current Operations


With dedicated sports programs and individual athletes on IASP scholarships, WAIS athlete numbers are usually between 200-250 athletes on scholarship at any one time. Athletes on WAIS scholarships are offered coaching, services and support to enable the athlete to undertake a program of training, preparation and competition.


The Western Australian Institute of Sport operates under a structure consisting of three Performance Teams which create a Performance Enhancement Division (PED).

Each Performance Team will be headed by a Performance Team Director, with medical, biomechanics, nutrition, Personal Excellence (formerly ACE), strength and conditioning, physiology, psychology and coaching all structured to service a pre-determined cluster of athletes.

The rationale being that the grouped service providers will align and improve team and individual staff line of sight to KPIs related to their prime role and responsibility. This objective aims to see staff increase accountability in the provisions of planning, service delivery and supporting the development of athletes.


WAIS has over 40 full-time staff servicing the needs of WA's elite athletes. In addition, WAIS employs numerous part-time coach and service staff across all sport programs.


The WAIS High Performance Service Centre was officially opened on April 22, 2015 by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett.

Key features of the new WAIS High Performance Service Centre include:

  • A 715 m2 strength and conditioning gym suitable for two sporting squads to train simultaneously
  • An 80m, five lane indoor athletics track including a complete pole vault setup, ability for indoor javelin and a long jump pit
  • A 625 m2 multi purpose indoor sport science testing area
  • A 260 m2 hydrotherapy based recovery centre
  • A 280 m2 laboratory for the WA High Performance Sport Research centre, including a 70 m2 heat/humidity/altitude laboratory
  • Athlete amenities including study zone, kitchen and recreation area
  • Complete universal access for Paralympic athletes to all areas of the facility