Support for SA's high-performance athletes

Support for SA's high-performance athletes

South Australian elite athletes can now apply for financial and performance support through the South Australian Sports Institute’s (SASI’s) Individual Athlete Program (IAP).

Jess Stenson celebrates

Funded by the State Government, the 2023 round of the IAP provides a 12-month athlete scholarship to individual athletes who are committed to taking their ability to the highest national and international levels.

To be eligible for the IAP, athletes must compete in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport.

The program has had a significant impact in previous years, contributing to South Australia’s impressive representation on national teams.

More recently, 11 individual scholars who have come through the program were selected to represent Australia at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Covering the sports of Athletics, Boxing, Gymnastics, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Triathlon and Weightlifting, these athletes contributed to winning four medals on a fiercely competitive world stage.

$138,000 is on offer through this round of the IAP, which also includes funding for Country Athlete awards.

These awards are offered to South Australian junior athletes (aged 13 – 18 on or before 31 December 2022) who have been identified as having the potential to progress into the senior ranks and have a permanent residence more than 130km from the Adelaide GPO.

Applications close Wednesday, 9 November 2022.

Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Representing Australia at the highest sporting level can require significant financial and personal investment; through this program, we aim to ease some of those pressures.

With less than two years to go until the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, this round of the IAP will be crucial for many South Australian athletes who are working relentlessly to achieve their sporting goals.

Through supporting more South Australians to achieve success on the world stage, we can help inspire the next generation to participate in sport and enjoy the significant benefits of being active.