Australian Institute of Sport
Your kids will be awed and inspired to walk the halls of Australia’s elite sports academy, but the highlight of the tour will be the chance to have a go at some of the sports themselves. Picture your budding little soccer stars kicking virtual balls towards goal – will they get it past the onscreen goalkeeper who reacts to the direction and strength of their kicks? They can also experience the challenges faced by wheelchair athletes by trying to shoot a basketball through a normal-height hoop while sitting in a wheelchair.
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A swim in the pool where Australia’s best swimmers train. You never know who you might meet there! The pool is open to the public for limited hours. If you’d like to have a swim, check when it will be open so you can time your visit to fit in.
The only way to enter the Australian Institute of Sport is to be a fabulous athlete and be offered a scholarship. Nobody can pay their way in. The training consists not only of coaching by the top coaches, but also the use of state-of-the-art facilities and help from massage therapists, dieticians, sport psychologists and sport scientists.
- The one-and-a-half-hour tour will be conducted by an athlete who is training at the institute.
- Your best chance to see the stars actually training will be during a 10am or 2.30pm tour.
- You don’t need to book for tours, but during school holidays it is best to arrive about 15 minutes before they start.
- The tour includes 30 minutes at Sportex, where you can all have a go at different sports and browse the display of sporting memorabilia.
- You will also visit the gymnastics hall and the high-tech pool which has facilities to monitor swimmers and provide them with feedback.
- There is a cafe on site.
- Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce, In city