Victorian Institute of Sport

Elite athletes with a disability

Support through the individual athlete scholarship program is offered annually to athletes from sports which do not have a Tier 1 program.

Athletes with an individual scholarship, compete in sports which do not have a Tier 1 sports program with the VIS (the exceptions are athletics and swimming EAD athletes who are fully integrated into their respective Tier 1 programs).

Athletes can apply for scholarships in March/April and successful athletes are awarded annual scholarships which run from 1 July to 30 June.

Athletes are awarded individual scholarships based on the following criteria:

  • national and/or international ratings
  • potential to achieve success at national and/or international level
  • Australian citizenship (or those who have taken steps to become a citizen) and normally a resident of the State of Victoria

Successful VIS athletes with an Individual Scholarship come from sports such as badminton, boxing, fencing, judo, shooting, snowboarding, table tennis, synchronised swimming, taekwondo and many more.

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Alcott wins Japan Open

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dylan Alcott, recovered from a second set wobble to defeat David Wagner and win the quad singles title at the Japan Open in Iizuka.

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Hannah leads the way

Monday, 15 May 2017

VIS athlete, Hannah MacDougall, has won the leader's jersey following a stellar start to the Paracycling World Cup series over the weekend.

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Cooke and Tripp defend National Titles

Monday, 01 May 2017

Reigning world and Olympic champion Carol Cooke has defended her Australian road national titles, making a clean sweep of the medals in the Women’s T2 category at Australian Para-Cycling Road Nationals this weekend in Somers, Victoria.

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Doughty takes ITU Gold

Monday, 10 April 2017

A selection of Australia’s elite para-triathetes converged on the Gold Coast over the weekend to contest the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Paratriathlon Series event.

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Gourley grabs another gold

Sunday, 05 March 2017

Mitch Gourley has added another gold medal to his 2017 collection, winning the Para Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom World Cup event in Hakuba, Japan.

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Alcott wins third consecutive Australian Open

Monday, 30 January 2017

2015 VIS Award of Excellence winner Dylan Alcott has taken out the Australian Open wheelchair tennis title for a third straight year, winning the final in straight sets.

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Alcott creates history

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dylan Alcott has added a second Paralympic title to his Rio resume after winning gold in the quad singles.

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Alcott overcomes odds to win gold

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Australian duo Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson have come from behind to win the tennis quad doubles gold medal at the Rio Paralympics.

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Alcott qualifies for gold medal match

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dylan Alcott has qualified for the gold medal match of the men’s quad singles in Rio.

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Monday, 05 September 2016

The VIS is pleased to confirm that 36 athletes on VIS scholarship across 10 sports will compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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