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Alisa's new role in Olympic Movement

14 August 2009

Alisa Camplin, Olympic champion in the Women’s Aerials at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, has accepted a new role as Chef de Mission of the Australian Team to compete at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Executive announced Camplin’s appointment today declaring “she is the ideal person to lead our young athletes to Innsbruck for the first-ever Winter YOG”.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of Australian Winter athletes that the IOC has launched the Winter Youth Olympic Games. I am thrilled that the AOC will be sending a team of our best up and coming Winter athletes, and it will be my honour to lead them at the games in Innsbruck in 2012."

Camplin was offered the role by AOC President John Coates who described her as “an inspiration and a wonderful ambassador for her sport and her country both on and off the ice”.

She retired in 2006 after winning a bronze medal at the Torino Games only months after recovering from a knee reconstruction.

“Alisa was a tough competitor, she is highly intelligent, a tremendous communicator and I have no doubt she has all the skills to make a success of this new role” Coates said.

34 year old Camplin is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and is Chairman of the ASC Audit Committee. She is on the Board of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWI) and Sport 4 the Environment. Alisa is currently Manager of IBM’s Multi Vendor Maintenance and Technical Support business.

"These days I'm juggling my time between corporate life, sports administration and recreational sport. I miss competing myself, but taking on leadership responsibilities in both business and sport over the last few years has given me the confidence to accept this prestigious appointment. I look forward to continued involvement in the Olympic movement as Chef de Mission and supporting our youth in the international competitive arena."

Approximately one thousand athletes aged between 14 and 18 will compete at the Winter YOG in seven sports, biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing.

The Youth Olympic Games have been introduced by the International Olympic Committee in an attempt to reach out to young people around the world.

The first Summer YOG will be held in Singapore in 2010. The Australian Team competing in Singapore will be led by Olympic rowing gold medallist Nick Green.

Like Camplin this will be his first role as head of a delegation. He will also act as Chef de Mission for the Australian Team competing at the London Olympics in 2012.

In a move designed to introduce the “next generation”, the AOC Executive also appointed Olympians Chris Fydler and Kitty Chiller to senior roles with the 2012 Olympic Team. Fydler a swimming gold medallist in 2000 and Chiller also a Sydney 2000 Olympian in modern pentathlon will support Green as Deputy Chefs de Mission in London.


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