30 May 2016
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has given Australia’s Olympic boxers and wrestlers a timely boost ahead of the Rio Games, providing more than $16,000 in grants to assist their final preparations.
Boxing and wrestling administrators welcomed the additional funding and said the launch of the AIS Combat Centre in 2013, as part of Australia’s Winning Edge strategy, had contributed to the development of their sports.
Australia will send four wrestlers to Rio, up from just one representative at the 2012 London Games. The AIS has granted the wrestlers a total $10,000 to assist with travel and international competition costs in the lead up to Rio.
Three Australian boxers have so far qualified for the 2016 Games and the sport will receive $6,500 to host additional training camps at the AIS.
Australia’s Olympic boxing and wrestling teams were announced at the AIS Combat Centre in April.
AIS Director Matt Favier said he was pleased the Institute could continue to invest in combat sports and said it was recognition for their development.
”The AIS Combat Centre in Canberra was created as part of Australia’s Winning Edge to support the development of our combat athletes in boxing, wrestling, taekwondo and judo,” Favier said.
“The Centre combines world leading sports science expertise with the training facilities required to ensure Australian athletes have every opportunity to succeed.
“This funding boost recognises the improving performance of the sports and athletes.
“Our Australian boxers have emerged from a very tough qualification process through Asia, so it’s encouraging to see three boxers in the team for Rio and the possibility of more to come.
“To have four wrestlers qualify for Rio, up from one in London 2012, is wonderful for the sport.”
President of Wrestling Australia John Saul said: “we are very pleased to have four athletes going to the Olympics in 2016 and the support of the AIS Combat Centre has been invaluable in achieving that goal.
“This funding will help their preparation immensely in our quest for medals.”
Boxing Australia CEO Paul Grogan said: “We have developed a good partnership with the AIS Combat Centre which gives us great access to state of the art facilities and cutting edge sports science. This funding boost will enable our athletes to fine tune their preparation ahead of Rio.”
• The AIS Combat Centre was an initiative of the AWE to focus sports science expertise on a group of sports that have high medal-yield potential. The aim was to develop a multi-sport centre of excellence where sports science support, research and strategic initiatives for all four sports could be contained within the same small team.
• Since AWE, a multi-sport combat sports facility has been developed to host camps and competitions, featuring competitions standard mats and rings, and strength and conditioning equipment.
• There have been 38 High Performance training camps at AIS Combat Centre across Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling between Dec 2013 and June 2016 which has include a number of international visitors such as:
• National boxing teams from the Philippines, Brazil, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Vietnam
• National judo teams from Japan, Oceania region
• National taekwondo teams and individuals from Egypt, USA, Finland
• National wrestling teams from New Zealand, Singapore and Canada