NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes have received a boost ahead of this month’s Commonwealth Games thanks to new state-of-the art video technology from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
The AIS Video Optimisation Grants program, supported by the Australian Government helps give coaches and athletes real-time feedback as they train.
A total of $1.17million worth of multi-camera video training systems have so far been allocated across 28 high performance training centres spread across every Australian state and territory.
In NSW this includes Diving Australia’s high performance venue at Sydney Quay Centre; Paddle Australia’s high performance training centre at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Hockey Australia’s state high performance venue at Olympic Park, Surfing Australia’s high performance training centre in Tweed Heads and the National Snowsports Training Centre in Jindabyne.
Following a record four medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics, the technology is being installed at two new winter training facilities – the Geoff Henke Water Ramp in Brisbane, Queensland, and Toppa’s Dream at Perisher, NSW. Australian athletes will also benefit from a portable system that will be deployed overseas.
“This technology provides endless opportunities for our best performing disciplines to use the same video technology for years to come,” Australian Moguls Team coach and NSW Institute of Sport senior coordinator of Winter Sports, Peter Topalovic said.
It’s very exciting times for winter sports.”
AIS Director Matti Clements said enhanced technology for coaching and facilities around the country would boost athlete development in a defining era for Australian sport.
“This investment makes world-class video technology more accessible to coaches and developing athletes right around the country and will help to super charge their development for future success,” Ms Clements said.
“As this technology continues to be installed, it will have long-lasting impact for Australian athletes, including those aspiring to compete at events such as the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.”
“This is world class technology delivered simply,” Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said.
“It’s one thing for a coach to try and explain something to an athlete, but it’s an entirely different ball-game when you can show training vision on a phone or tablet within seconds of it happening. That immediate visual feedback and coaching analysis is where learning and development can really be fast-tracked.
“The data that sports collate from this technology will also have an ongoing impact, providing a library of training vision for deeper analysis and potential advances in artificial intelligence This is a wonderful story of Australian innovation and collaboration, with Government, sport and technology combining to give our athletes the best chance of reaching their potential.”