The VIS coordinates and manages the Victorian Pathway Program, operating collaboratively with the Rowing Australia (RA) national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the national high performance pathway.
The partnership approach involves collaboration between VIS, RA, RV and the two Melbourne based Performance Clubs, Mercantile Rowing Club and Melbourne University Boat Club, with the aim to develop categorised athletes within the national pathway and progress them towards the Rowing Australian National Training Centres.
Victoria has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape for many years now and the 2018/19 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well, contributing success at FISA World Cup and World Championships events.
Wellbeing Tip | Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay ConnectedMay 6th, 2020
Victorian Institute of Sport athletes from eight different sports will help increase awareness around suicide prevention as part of the Australian Institute of Sport and Lifeline Australia’s impactful community engagement program, Lifeline Community Custodians. The athletes will encourage anyone who needs support to reach out and ask for help.
100 years of the AOCApril 29th, 2020
Originally formed as the Australian Olympic Council on April 29th, 1920, the anniversary marks the formal separation of Australia and New Zealand from the combined “Australasia” entity which had competed in the 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games.
Booth shifts focus to the Royal Melbourne HospitalApril 9th, 2020
Victorian Institute of Sport rower Josh Booth was gunning for a third Olympic Games when the developments of COVID-19 shifted his plans.
VIS tele-health servicing for Sports Medicine and PhysiotherapyApril 1st, 2020
The Victorian Institute of Sport remains committed to servicing our athletes and have started to implement remote service delivery and support.
VIS staff go above and beyond to equip athletes to train from homeMarch 31st, 2020
The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) closed its high performance facility on Monday 23 March, in order to safeguard athletes and staff health and following the direction of the Victorian Government to influence behaviours to reduce the risk of individuals contributing to community transmission of COVID-19. VIS Physical Preparation and Sport Science Manager, Harry Brennan had already been planning for this scenario.
VIS SPORT: UPDATES ON THE EVENTS CANCELLED/POSTPONEDMarch 16th, 2020
The sporting calendar has been heavily impacted by the global coronavirus outbreak.
A decade of achievement for the VISJanuary 1st, 2020
As we set our sights to 2020 and a new decade, the Victorian Institute of Sport reflects on the magic moments, history makers and highlights from Victoria’s best athletes across the previous ten years.
Women's Four, World ChampionsSeptember 2nd, 2019
VIS’ Lucy Stephan and Katrina Werry, alongside their Women’s Four Australian teammates, wrapped up a fantastic 2019 World Rowing Championships winning gold in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.
Australia off to a flyerAugust 26th, 2019
Our VIS rowers got off to the good start in hot conditions on the opening day of the 2019 World Rowing Championships. Which saw 11 out of 12 Australian crews progress to quarter or semi-finals in Austria overnight.
Paralympics Australia announces SteelersAugust 19th, 2019
Three Victorian Institute of Sport wheelchair-rugby athletes have been selected to represent the Australian Steelers at the IWRF Asia Oceania Championships- Ben Fawcett (Vice-Captain), Andrew Harrison and Jayden Warn.
2018 FISA World Cup III, Linz, Austria
Rosie Popa, Lucy Stephan - 1st Women’s Four
Addy Dunkley-Smith, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight
Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight
2018 FISA World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 2nd Men’s Eight
Lucy Stephan, Katrina Werry - 2nd Women’s Four
Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight
2018 FISA U23 World Championships, Poznan, Poland
Ria Thompson - 5th Women’s Double Scull
Elise Franetic - 6th Women’s Eight
2019 FISA International Para Rowing Regatta - Gavirate, Italy
Alex Vuillermin, Alex Viney - 2nd PR3 Mixed Coxed Four
2019 FISA World Cup II, Poznan, Poland
Joshua Booth - 1st Men’s Pair
Tim Masters - 1st Men’s Four
Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight
Jessica Morrison - 2nd Women’s Pair
Amanda Bateman - 3rd Women’s Double Scull
Katrina Werry, Lucy Stephan - 3rd Women’s Four
Katrina Bateman - 5th Women’s Quad Sculls
Jessica Morrison, Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 1st Women’s Eight
Noel Donaldson VIS/VPP Head Rowing Coach (from May 2019)
Elaine Bo Sports Dietitian
Andrea Farrow Performance Lifestyle Advisor
Andrew Fooks Sports Physiotherapist
Ana Holt Sport Scientist
Mark Spargo Sports Psychologist
John Tascone Physical Preparation Coach
Yarra River (Mercantile and Melbourne University Boat Clubs)
National Water Sports Centre, Carrum
Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre
Barwon River, Geelong
Tambo River, Johnsonville
Mercantile Rowing Club
Melbourne University Rowing Club