Jodie Henry backs AIS' shift from 'fishbowl' environment

Three-time Olympic Games gold medallist Jodie Henry has backed the new direction of the AIS as the campus moves away from its "insular" environment on the road to Tokyo.

Henry concedes she struggled to thrive in the "fishbowl" environment when the focus was solely on sport and factored in little room for perspective in life, when she thought throwing up before competing made her "weird".

The former swimming star shifted to the AIS following her success at the Athens Olympics and won a world championship while based in Canberra – but that triumph was "a pure fluke".

It comes as the future of the AIS and any redevelopment plans are set to become part of the battle to win support in the federal election as the last stage of a business proposal to reinvent the site nears completion.