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6 August 2012

Chat to a Champ presented by Telstra Inspiring Australian Youth

Schoolchildren from around Australia are getting a firsthand experience of what life is like at the Olympic Games, by chatting with athletes in London.

The Australian Olympic Committee’s Chat to a Champ program is underway and by the end of the Games there will have been 22 chats with students in every state and territory.

Thanks to technology provided by presenting partner Telstra, athletes video conference call into school halls and classrooms with kids asking all the questions in the 30 minute chat.

The sessions run as a segment of the Australian Olympic Committee’s education program that helps promote the values of Olympism and the importance of sport in everyday life.

So far 149 kilogram weightlifter Damon Kelly, four-time Olympic Judoka Daniel Kelly and his teammate Ivo Dos Santos, divers Annabelle Smith and Loudy Wiggins and London relay swimming gold medallist Yolane Kukla have chatted and laughed their way through some insightful questions from the students from four schools in Western Australia, Northern Territory, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

“It’s so good to see how excited the kids were,” said four-time Olympian Loudy Wiggins.

“It made me feel really good and I love sharing my experience with the students.”

Damon Kelly was asked to demonstrate weightlifting in the AOC’s studio in the Main Press Centre of London Olympic Park and he confirmed with the kids that he did like ice cream, while Daniel Kelly was asked if he had got sick of the British accents yet.

The first of four larger community events took place at Aspley State School in Queendland on Monday where 900 students, teachers and families were treated to a mini Olympics, mascot appearances and a special visit from Olympic gold medallist Brooke Hanson while the school went through 65 kilograms of sausages on the BBQ.

Penrith South Public School in NSW held their community event on August 2 while events are still to be held at Morang South Primary School in Victoria (August 7) and Prescott Primary Northern School in South Australia (August 10). 

Check out the highlights of Damon Kelly’s chat to a champ session here>>>

The Chat to a Champ, the program presented by Telstra was started by the AOC at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and was also a big success at the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.


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