Supporting SA’s high-performance athletes to achieve their sporting dreams

Supporting SA’s high-performance athletes to achieve their sporting dreams

The State Government will support 62 South Australian elite athletes in their sporting pursuits through the South Australian Sports Institute’s (SASI’s) Individual Athlete Program (IAP).

Gymnast in the air

$146,500 in funding will be allocated through the program, providing a 12-month athlete scholarship to individual athletes who are committed to taking their ability to the highest national and international levels.

The successful applicants come from 18 different sports, with all recipients competing in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport.

Athletes who will be supported through the 2023 round of the IAP include marathon runner Jessica Stenson (Commonwealth Games gold medallist), boxer Callum Peters (Commonwealth Games silver medallist), Para-swimmer Isabella Vincent (Paralympic silver medallist) and Kiana Elliott (Olympic weightlifter).

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

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

To view the full list of 2023 SASI IAP recipients, click here.

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

Through the IAP we aim to ease financial pressure for a diverse group of athletes who are working to represent Australia at the highest sporting level.

The 62 IAP recipients will not only receive funding but also access to SASI’s facilities and world-class high-performance staff, which will be crucial as athletes prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

By helping more South Australians achieve success on the world stage, we also aim to inspire the next generation to participate in sport and enjoy the improved physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing benefits and that sense of belonging that comes with getting active.