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High-tech feature for new AIS swim pool.



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HIGH-TECH FEATURE FOR NEW AIS SWIM POOL

The Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp today unveiled a new secret weapon in the armoury of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to strengthen its position as a world leader in swimming in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and beyond.

Senator Kemp opened the $17 million AIS Recovery and Swimming Centre, which boasts one of the world’s most technologically-advanced pools, purpose built to boost the development and strength of Australian swimming.

Senator Kemp said the AIS Recovery and Swimming Centre is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s commitment of almost $74 million to the redevelopment of the AIS campus in Canberra and a key to ensuring the future success of Australian swimming.

“The AIS Recovery and Swimming Centre features a 10-lane, 50-metre pool packed with performance analysis and monitoring systems for the training, testing and development of Australia’s elite swimmers and teams,” Senator Kemp said.

“The Australian Government recognises that the Institute needs to stay at the cutting edge of sports science and technological innovation to remain internationally competitive and to maximise the performance of Australian swimmers. Our investment in this new facility will ensure that Australian swimmers continue to have access to world-class training facilities, coaching and support.

“Finding split-second improvements in the performance of Australian swimmers using state-of-the-art performance analysis and biomechanical systems in training can mean the difference between placing in a final and winning a medal in Olympic competition.

“It is expected to become the national training base for Australian swimming and will no doubt attract significant interest internationally. Australia’s extraordinary strength and success in world swimming can only be enhanced by this new facility.” Senator Kemp said.

Performance analysis and monitoring systems packed into the pool—instrumented walls and blocks, touch pads, magnetic timing gates and 24 fixed cameras—will allow coaches and sports scientists to tap into a wealth of data and video footage about many aspects of the AIS swimmer’s performance in training. It provides AIS coaches and swimmers with powerful tools to observe, analyse and perfect the technique, action and performances of Australian swimmers.

The Centre also features state-of-the art Hydrotherapy and Recovery facilities—three spa baths, a plunge pool, a cold water walk through and a river for active recovery and stretching.

The AIS is renowned for conducting cutting-edge research sports science and medicine to help maximise the performance of elite swimmers. Many of technological features of the new pool have been developed in-house by the AIS and Australian-based companies.

CANBERRA 16 October 2006

Media contact: Michael Christo, Minister’s Office 03 9650 7274 or 0409 040 276

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Media contact: Michael Christo, Minister’s Office 03 9650 7274 or 0409 040 276

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