New purpose-built home for SA’s high performance athletes
For the first time in its 39-year history the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) will finally have its own purpose-built headquarters from which to identify, develop and support high-performance athletes and programs.
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The State Budget 2021-22 includes $49 million for the new facility to be located at Mile End next to the existing Netball SA Stadium.
Premier Steven Marshall said the new facility forms part of the record $17.9 billion infrastructure spend over the next four years and will support approximately 200 jobs during construction.
“This Budget builds on the Marshall Liberal Government’s strong economic recovery plan, to create more jobs, expand health services and deliver record investment in education and infrastructure,” Premier Marshall said.
“This landmark Budget is helping secure SA’s growing global reputation as one of the safest and most attractive places in the world to live, work and raise a family and this significant investment continues to position our great state as a premiere sporting destination.”
Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard, said the new SASI HQ will provide our high-performance athletes with access to new state-of-the-art training facilities and leading-edge integrated technologies.
“SASI was Australia’s first state-based sports institute but has never had its own purpose-designed facility that is fit-for-purpose and for the past 21 years has operated out of the old Kidman Park High School,” Minister Wingard said.
“Despite that, South Australia has developed and produced some of the best athletes in the world and this investment will help build on that legacy.
“It will also help SASI to achieve its target of contributing at least 10% of Australia’s team medals at both the Olympics and Paralympics.
“This investment will also give our state greater opportunities to grow our economy by attracting national and international training camps and elite programs.”
The new SASI will include:
- Strength and conditioning gym capable of accommodating multiple sports and teams
- Specially designed indoor court with smart technology
- Sport specific ergometer training zones
- Indoor bounding areas
- Environment chamber for simulated heat, humidity and altitude stress training
Planning for the new facility will begin immediately with construction anticipated to start in 2022 and completion expected in mid-2023.