High Performance is a concept within sport that is highly focused on a group of individuals or teams with the aim of achieving individual and overall goals to achieve success against our competition.
Boxing Australia has had a proud history with our High Performance programs. In 1997, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) introduced Boxing as a scholarship sport. Its origins started out as a camp-based program, and by the early 2000s, Boxing became a full-residential program at the AIS.
In 2005 Boxing was accepted as a program sport for the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) program which focused on identifying indigenous and heavyweight talent.
In 2011, after the removal as an AIS Residential program Boxing Australia established full-ownership and management of our High Performance programs. The Boxing Australia Academy was established and conducted out of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra (Centralised camps-based).
The Boxing Australia Centre of Excellence was developed as a decentralised program within each state and territory. The purpose of the program was to identify talented boxers that have the potential to represent their state or territory at future Australian Championships.
In 2013 the AIS Combat Centre was established. The AIS Combat Centre houses the Boxing Australia training facilities featuring 2 training rings and 1 Olympic-size ring, 15 bags of various shapes and sizes, 2 uppercut wall bags, 2 speed balls and ample floor space. The Centre also features an area for strength and conditioning involving weights, skipping ropes, exercise bikes and rowing machines. A medical room coming off the Combat Centre floor allows quick access to treatment for our boxers. The AIS Combat Centre is a shared space, also involving training facilities for Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling.
In 2013/14 the Centre of Excellence program changed to become the BAL Development Program, with a renewed focus on adolescent athletes with the potential to make state/territory teams. The main objectives of the Development Program are to teach young boxers terminology and skills at an early age, so as they progress through the pathway National Coaches do not need to re-teach these skills, but refine them.
Boxing Australia receives significant support from the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport to conducting the running of our High Performance programs.