Sport Programs Overview

WAIS delivers support to Western Australia's elite and developing elite athletes through dedicated sport programs in which WAIS operates the daily training environment with support from the sport's National Sporting Organisation (NSO) and State Sporting Organisation (SSO).

Athletes from sports outside of the 13 current WAIS programs are also eligible for support through WAIS, via the Individual Athlete Support Program (IASP).

Sport Programs

On the basis of a sport's rating against specific criteria, WAIS will operate and manage a Sport Program as agreed in a formal partnership with the sport's National Sporting Organisation (NSO) and the State Sporting Organisation (SSO).

The program constitutes a core element of the SSO and NSO elite athlete pathway. WAIS will employ a Program coach, or coaches, to lead and direct the Program.

At present WAIS conducts 13 Sports Programs as well as individual support to athletes in Olympic/Paralympic programs not run within WAIS (Individual Athlete Support Program - IASP). 

WAIS Program coaches work closely with national coaches to ensure that the emphasis and direction of the WAIS program is consistent with the national direction.

The selection of an athlete in a WAIS program is based on specified criteria that are focussed on supporting elite and potential elite athletes.

The number of athletes on WAIS scholarship at any one time will typically range between 200 - 250 athletes.

WAIS Sports Program Information


Objectives

  • Maximise WA representation on National teams;
  • Maximise the WA contribution to Australian world-class performances.

Scholarship Classification

All WAIS athletes will be classified into five scholarship categories according to their current performance standard and against a capability framework. A schedule of benefits will be defined and offered as per their scholarship categorisation. These categories are generically defined as follows:

  • Podium - International senior competitor in an individual or team event with a medal performance at benchmark competitions and considered capable of maintaining this level of performance. ("Medal performance": assessed by benchmark competition performance or recognised sport specific world ranking system)
  • Potential Podium - International senior competitor in an Individual event or team with a 4-8 placing at benchmark competitions and considered capable of progressing to medal performance within 2 years. ("Benchmark Competitions": competitions which are aligned to Australia's High Performance Strategy Goals)
  • International - International senior competitor in an Individual event or team at benchmark competitions and considered capable of retaining or progressing this level of performance.
  • Developing International - Athlete with the capability to achieve at least International Class Athlete status within 3 years. ("Capability": determined by assessment of sport specific athlete critical success factors)
  • Emerging International - Athlete with the capability to achieve at least International Class Athlete status within 4-7 years. ("Capability": determined by assessment of sport specific athlete critical success factors)

Benefits

WAIS offers a range of services to athletes as prioritised on the basis of the athlete scholarship tier and needs identified by their coach. Services may include coaching, gym access, sports psychology, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition and career and education guidance.

In addition to these services WAIS may also offer direct financial support to offset competition travel expenses, coaching fees, venue access fees and medical costs. All services offered by WAIS are at the discretion of the PET Director.

Queries on Selection

Any queries on selection should be made directly to the PET Director.

De-selection Process

An athlete may request to end their scholarship at any time by informing the PET Director in writing. WAIS can initiate termination of an athlete's scholarship after a formal review based on the athlete's current performances and level of commitment.