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About the Queensland Academy of Sport

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) is the state’s leading high-performance sport environment.

We support Queensland’s elite athletes through access to:

  • expert knowledge
  • high performance coaching
  • specialist support services
  • world-class facilities.

The QAS is an initiative of the Queensland Government and is currently under the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Minister for Digital Technology and the Minister for Sport.

The QAS has grown significantly since its initial beginnings, now supporting more than 600 athletes across 24 different sports and individual scholarship places.

With leaders in the areas of physical performance, performance science, performance health, personal development and research, there is nothing holding us back.

What we do

  • Performance scienceevidence-based support to assist elite athletes and coaches.
  • Physical performancestrength and conditioning to athletes at the QAS
  • Personal development: career, education and personal development services, and transitional support when going through personal and sporting changes.
  • Performance health: medicine, nutrition, sports and exercise psychology, physiotherapy and massage
  • High-performance programs: supporting athletes in a range of sports who demonstrate the potential to excel in their chosen sport to elite level
  • Scholarships: athletes competing in sports not covered by a QAS squad or partnership program may still be eligible for assistance
  • Research and development: assist athletes, teams and coaches through applied research projects and collaborations with Universities and industry.
  • Community engagement: You may see us at your local school as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympics Unleashed program, at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, or even in your local Lifeline store.

Our achievements

Since its first representation at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, athletes supported by the QAS have succeeded in bringing home a total of:

  • 233* medals from each of the Olympic campaigns
  • 132* medals from Paralympic campaigns
  • 454* medals from Commonwealth Games events.

A number of Australia's greatest sporting icons have progressed through the QAS such as Susie O'Neill, Kieren Perkins, Emma Snowsill and Jamie Dwyer. The QAS continues to support top sporting heroes including, Ken Wallace, Curtis McGrath and Lakeisha Patterson, just to note a few.

We are very proud of the efforts of our athletes and of the coaches, support staff and network providers who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes.

*numbers based on one medal per athlete.

Accreditation

The QAS is accredited through the National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Physical performance coaches

All coaches are university graduates and are accredited with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) which is the peak national body for strength and conditioning professionals in Australia.

Additionally, each coach is required to be accredited with the ASCA Professional Coach Accreditation Scheme (PCAS).

Nutrition Network Providers

Our providers all:

  • have completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • are an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
  • are a current member of Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA).

Policies and procedures

Child protection

Anti-doping policy

The QAS Anti-doping policy is currently under review.

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Athletes

Supporters

Sport Australia provides additional funds for select sports and in-kind support to the QAS.

In addition to providing funding and in-kind support, the national and state sporting organisations of sports supported by the QAS also assist in the development of programs and the recruitment of coaches.

QAS in 2019

2019 proved to be a critical year for the QAS.

Highlights included:

  • witnessing the crowning of 26 World Champions
  • supporting 54 SPIKE research projects
  • making just under 600 community engagement appearances
  • appointing World Champion swimmer, Ariarne Titmus, as the Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence winner.

Download 2019: ‘The Year That Was’ (PDF, 2.9 MB) .