Olympic Winter Institute
Formed by the Australian Olympic Committee in 1998 the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia has in a short time produced elite athletes who have performed at the highest level on the world stage.
The OWIA’s main objective is to develop and prepare elite Australian athletes for participation in the Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events.
Four years after its inception OWIA athletes Alisa Camplin and Steven Bradbury won Australia’s first Winter Olympic gold medals at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Current OWIA programs include aerial skiing, alpine skiing, mogul skiing, figure skating, short track skating, skeleton, and snowboard.
The OWIA also assists with the development and funding of high performance coaches. They provide expert technical advice to National Winter Sports Federations and State Institutes of Sport to help develop younger athletes who aspire to one day competing at the Olympic level.
The Australian Olympic Committee provides over 50% of the total funds of the OWIA which is an official Olympic Training Centre recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee.
AOC Funding to the OWIA was $750,000 in 2006/07 and 2007/08, $1,000,000 in 2008/09 and $1,000,000 in 2009/10 . AOC Funding to the OWIA will be $1,000,000 p.a. in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 for this component of Olympic Winter Team preparation.
The Institute is also supported financially by the Federal Government via the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.
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