They play hard, they play often, and they play to win. Australian sports teams win more than their fair share of titles, demolishing rivals with seeming ease. How do they do it? A big part of the secret is an extensive an expensive network of sporting academies underpinned by science and medicine. At the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) hundreds of youngsters and pros live and train under the eyes of coaches. Another body, Australian Sports Commission, finances programmes of excellence in a total of 96 sports for thousands of sportsmen and women. Both provide intensive coaching, training facilities and nutritional advice.
I am not sure what fair share means here, and I have my doubts whether programmes of excellence simply means excellent programs.