In 1976, Australia returned from the Montreal games to backlash for not winning a single gold medal.
After an encouraging eight golds at the 1972 Munich games,
the Australian government responded by directing funding toward a world-leading sports institute.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) formed in Canberra in 1981 as a training association for the best young athletes training on scholarships.
Then in 1990, the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program was established to enhance Australia’s industrial, commercial and economic growth.
Shaun Holthouse and Igor van de Griendt, eventual Catapult founders,
led a team of CRC researchers deploying emerging micro-technology in unprecedented ways.
After dealing with various industry partners, Holthouse and van de Griendt began a project with the AIS.
Having taken a unique approach to evidence-based science improving sport,
the AIS began measuring all facets of athlete physical performance.
Monitoring elite athletes was predominantly laboratory-based, however, relying on participants using gym equipment – which provided great insight into elite sport demands, but because the athlete wasn’t in their natural environment, they weren’t physically exerting themselves in the same way they would during competition.
Wanting to move this experimentation to the field, the CRC developed wearable sensors that made it more accessible to athletes, and more routinely deployable. Looking to commercialize the product after great success developing technology for the 2004 Athens games, Catapult was born in late 2006.
Catapult has since become the global leader in athlete analytics,
protecting thousands of elite athletes at the intersection of sport science and analytics.
Retaining its research-based approach to innovation, Catapult enables insight in to athlete risk,
readiness and return to play.
Catapult empowers coaches globally with scientifically-validated metrics for the advancement of athlete performance.
With full-time Catapult staff in three offices - Melbourne, Leeds, Chicago - there is a non-stop global support network.
Working with over 80 universities worldwide, every innovation is independently validated before release.
Inertial Movement Analysis provides vital micro-movement information that GPS and cameras can't capture.
Born out of collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).
Workshops held around the world to help you enhance your knowledge and build your networks.
GNSS-enabled monitors that access GLONASS satellites as well as GPS to greatly enhance positional accuracy.
The world’s first athlete analytics platform which is customisable, investigative, easy to use and personal.
The world’s only wireless Local Positioning System (LPS) for performance monitoring in every environment.
Integrated SmartBall tracking technology that shows the story behind every possession to enhance tactical analysis.
Catapult invented GPS tracking for team sports, with nine patents in the field and every new release a world-first.
The largest research and development team in the industry, with 60+ engineers and sports scientists.
Network, share and learn with peers at over 750 elite teams, institutes and universities through workshops, forums and introductions.
Intelligent algorithms for specific movements and positions (eg. goalkeepers, bowlers, quarterbacks) for specialised data.
Nine technology, engineering and innovation awards - including number 12 on Fast Company's 'Most Innovative' list.
Worn by over 11,000 elite athletes at over 750 teams and institutes in 35 sports in 35 countries.