The Territory Government established the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) on 4 July 1996 to assist the Territory’s most talented young athletes with greater opportunities for improvement and success on the national and international stage.
The NTIS is endorsed by the Australian Olympic Committee as an Olympic Training Centre and endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission as a National Training Centre. The NTIS also houses the Australian Institute of Sport endorsed National Heat Training and Acclimatisation Centre.
The NTIS is a collection of professional expertise, services and resources focused on the delivery of programs designed to enhance athlete and coach performance. These programs are reflective of the ‘formula’ that has brought about Australia’s international success.
This 'formula' is the Australian State Institutes of Sport and State Academies of Sport (SIS/SAS) network, developed to foster elite athlete development. In conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport, the SIS/SAS network has gained international recognition through Australia’s outstanding performances in major sporting events over the past decade.
Australia’s medal tally at the past four Olympics, where the vast majority of medallists were on scholarship with these institutes and academies, further highlights the impact of such state and territory based programs.
The NTIS operates as a Centre of Excellence and it is unique in that over 90% of the athletes are under 19 years of age. This focus on younger athletes is based on the view that they have the greatest potential to advance toward national level representation.
The NTIS has a role in enhancing the overall system supporting high performance sport in the Territory. This is achieved by working with affiliated Territory Sport Organisations to build capacity and develop high performance programs outside the NTIS’ core athlete development programs.