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.
Never write off Champions: The Oarsome Foursome storyAugust 7th, 2020
The ‘Oarsome Foursome’ showed the world that you can never write off champions at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Through the highs and lows of Australian rowing, the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ proved that champions will always find a way to succeed.
Our Second GamesAugust 4th, 2020
The sporting focus of 1996 was clearly on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Following the great achievements in Barcelona we were optimistic that our athletes could do even better this time.
The tale of two sisters who play hockey and study physiotherapy togetherJuly 30th, 2020
Aisling and Ciara Utri share more similarities than your average pair of sisters – the two are pursuing their hockey career together whilst both attending La Trobe University with the help of the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP). La Trobe Sport Media and Communications intern, Tricia-Marie Mifsud, chats to the duo about their sporting journey.
Our First GamesJuly 28th, 2020
1992 - This was the year of our first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Athletes committed to fight mental health issues in young peopleJuly 26th, 2020
Four VIS athletes are joining the fight to help reduce rates of mental health issues in young children as part of a new community partnership between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Black Dog Institute.
Try out Aerial Skiing OnlineJuly 24th, 2020
We are looking to recruit the next Olympic champion. Are you a self-motivated, resilient athlete who is passionate about the training process? Do you have big goals? Are you ready to tackle a new sport? Aerial skiers travel the world to train on the best snow and best facilities.
Rest In Peace Alex "Chumpy" PullinJuly 8th, 2020
All at the Victorian Institute of Sport are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Alex “Chumpy” Pullin.
Vanessa Bof to lead VIS Track Endurance TeamJuly 6th, 2020
The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and Cycling Victoria (CV) are delighted to announce that Vanessa Bof will be moving onto a fulltime role as the Endurance Team Coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
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.
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