WAIS delivers support to Western Australia's elite and potential
elite athletes through dedicated sport programs in which WAIS operates the
daily training environment with support from the sportís 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).
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. Programs employ a coach, or coaches, to lead and direct the program.
These 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 program is based on specified criteria that
are focussed on supporting elite and potential elite athletes.
At present WAIS conducts fourteen sports programs as well as individual support
to athletes in Olympic programs not run within WAIS. The number of athletes
training under WAIS's guidance at any one time fluctuates between 350 to 500
Athlete Support Program
This program provides assistance to athletes from within sports that WAIS does not
operate a daily training environment program. Athletes are required to apply for
scholarship and other than coaching, WAIS provides access to all other support
services dependant on the level of scholarship an athlete qualifies for.
Currently individual scholarships are offered in all Olympic disciplines. Applications for Individual Scholarships go on offer in September of each year,
and are awarded from November to October of the given year. Forms for
applications are be available via the WAIS website and all State and National
Sporting bodies will be informed about the application process prior to the
For more information on the WAIS IASP please click here.