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Visitors are free to admire the sport memorabilia collection in the AIS Visitor Centre public space and be inspired by stories from key moments in Australian high performance sport.

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Visitor Centre Rio

Rio 2016

The world’s most prestigious sporting event was hosted on South American soil for the first time as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad headed to picturesque setting of Rio de Janeiro. For the Australians, Rio 2016 marked the first time in Australian Olympic history there were more women than men in a Summer Games team. To celebrate this feat, one of the nation’s most exceptional female athletes was chosen to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony. Competing at her fourth and final Olympic Games, Anna Meares led the Australian Olympic Team into the Maracanã. Australia finished the Olympics in 10th position with 8 Gold, 11 Silver and 10 Bronze Medals.

On display are:

  • Jared Tallent’s cap, walking uniform and shoes from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Edwina Bone’s hockey stick, uniform, boots and socks from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Kim Brennan’s rowing suit from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Chad Perris’s bronze medal, running uniform and spikes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
  • Ellie Cole’s swimmers, goggles and cap from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years, with teams from the Commonwealth of Nations competing in a selection of 22 sports. Australia is the best-performing nation in the history of the Commonwealth Games, winning the title of top nation 12 times since the games began as the Inter-Empire Championships in 1911. Australia has also won the highest number of medals overall. 

Apart from many Olympic sports such as athletics and swimming, the Commonwealth Games also include sports that are played predominantly in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls, netball and squash.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held at the Gold Coast, Queensland. The games marked the first time in history that a major multi-sport event had an equal number of events for men and women.

On display:

  • Male gymnastics suit
  • Female gymnastics suit
  • Triathlon uniform
  • Netball uniform
Commonwealth Games
Visitor Centre Winter

Winter Games

Australia has sent a team to every Winter Olympics since 1936 except one, but the first medals did not come until 1994, when the men’s short track speed skating team took bronze in the 5000 m relay. Since then Australia has won medals at every winter games, a payoff from the increased investment in winter sports and the establishment of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.

Zali Steggall won the first individual medal at Nagano 1998, taking bronze in the women’s slalom. The first gold medals came in 2002, with Steven Bradbury winning the 1000 m short track skating and Alisa Camplin winning the women’s aerials. Since then, Australian athletes have won eight medals, including three gold, all in freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

Australia has also had great success at the Winter Paralympics, with a tally of 30 medals including 11 gold. The first came in 1992, when Michael Milton won gold and a bronze in alpine skiing.

On display are:

  • mid 2000s Flying Kangaroo program aerial ski suit
  • 2014 aerial ski suit
  • 2015 snowboard halfpipe jacket


Team Sports

Teams that often end up on the winning end of the score in team sports are those that work well together. Learning to cooperate with others towards a common goal in sports is what builds character, friendship and important life skills for players and coaches. 

Reflecting on this teamwork, we have on display:

  • Jamie Dwyer’s Kookaburras hockey vest - Jamie Dwyer has been one of the Kookaburra’s most outstanding players. Named world’s best player five times, Dwyer has won a record 365 caps for Australia and scored over 240 goals, including the goal that secured the gold medal at Athens 2004.
  • Lucas Neill’s Socceroos shirt - Lucas Neill was an integral member of the Socceroos between 2005 and 2015. He made his debut in 1996, becoming the third-youngest Socceroo ever. After the 2006 World Cup, Neill was named captain and went on to lead the team for a record 61 games. In his 18-year international career he won 96 caps for Australia.
  • Ricky Ponting’s Australian cricket team shirt - For most of the golden era of Australian Cricket (1996-2007) Ricky Ponting was captain of both the test and one-day teams. As captain he was undefeated in 35 World Cup matches and led Australia to a world-record 165 one-day victories. Ponting is Australia’s highest run-scorer in both forms of the game and one of only four players in the world to have scored 13,000 Test runs. In 2010 he was named international cricketer of the decade.
Visitor Centre Teams