Western Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre
In May 2012 the State Government announced $31.73m in funding for a new Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre in order to meet the training requirements of Western Australia’s high performing athletes.
This was in addition to $2 million provided in the 2011/2012 budget for initial planning of the project.
The High Performance Service Centre
The WAIS High Performance Service Centre is complete and opened April 4 2015.
The new High Performance Service Centre includes:
- a two story building with 5000m2 gross floor area
- the ground floor will house specialist training and testing functions including:
- strength and conditioning gym
- multi-purpose training and testing area
- 80m five lane indoor runway for long jump, sprinting and throwing sports, which also includes a 10m ceiling height to support the national pole vault and Javelin programs
- hydrotherapy and recovery pools
- physiology and environmental laboratory’s for sports science research and testing
- consultation rooms for drug testing, anthropometry, physiotherapy and medical analysis
- athlete amenities for studying, meeting and change rooms
- first floor comprising office space for staff and coaches, including meeting rooms and staff amenities.
The project leverages existing state level sports infrastructure within the Mount Claremont Sporting Precinct which comprises HBF Stadium, the WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre, WA Rugby Centre and the University of Western Australia Sports Park.
The WAIS High Performance Service Centre was delivered in partnership between the:
The forward works stage was completed in September 2013 and involved bulk earthworks. The main construction stage commenced shortly after and as at September 2014 all main structural steel has been erected, along with installation of wall and roof panels and fit-out of internal services continuing.
WAIS led the way in the mid 1990s, becoming the first of the state institutes to have their own facility when the current WAIS building was completed in 1996. The current facility was an add-on to HBF Stadium built to a tight budget which has since fallen behind the rest of Australia with all other major states investing in modern and purpose built facilities for their athletes.
With nearly 300 athletes plus coaches and support staff, the existing WAIS facility does not provide adequate space or facilities to meet the modern needs of high performance athletes. This is none more evident than in the failure of the current strength and conditioning gym to provide access for disabled athletes.