Chat to a Champ

Primary school students can chat with their Olympian heroes using web video conferencing through out the school term. Check out the dates for the Chats this term and participate by filling in the Chat Form.

In the lead up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, primary schools across the country are being linked with athletes, so as to follow their training, qualification and then competition at the Games.

Pre Games, (Terms 3 and 4 in 2013), primary school students will be able to follow their athlete online; reading their blogs, looking at personal images and videos, following competition performances and chatting in web video conferences.

Then during the Games (Term 1, 2014), primary school students will have an exclusive 30 minute chat with their athlete, live from the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia.

Chats will be webcast live on the AOC website at 3pm AEST each week day of the Olympic Winter Games so that you too can view the conversation.

Visit the Australian Team website for more information.


In 2012, some 660 primary school students had the very lucky opportunity of speaking directly with their Olympian heroes during the London Games. Fifteen athletes representing 9 Olympic sports and winning 7 medals between them participated in program. Another 2,000 people watched the Chat sessions at 4 larger community in Aspley (QLD), Penrith (NSW), South Morang (VIC) and Prescott (SA).

Furthermore, 1200 primary school students in 40 unique 30 minute chat sessions spoke with 19 Olympians using web video conferencing in Terms 1, 2 and 4 of 2012.

“Thank you for organising the link up between Australian rower Kim Crow and Year 4 at Kambala. The girls were very enthusiastic to take part in this fantastic experience. After researching who Kim was on the AOC websites, the girls created many interesting and thorough questions about rowing, her hopes, aspirations and favourite foods. We had 21 girls each asking one questions, in front of the laptop while the rest of the class was on the floor watching the activboard. The girls finished off wishing Kim the best of luck for London. We would like to thank Kim for giving up time from her gruelling schedule to talk to Year 4 at Kambala today. Her warm personality, drive and dedication make her an inspiring role model for the girls. We learnt so much about rowing and what life is like being an Olympian. Thank you again for organising this unique opportunity.“

Jessica Raeside, Teacher, Kambala

You can also relive all the fun from the London 2012 Chats with the Gallery here>>>>

Mel Schlanger and Libby Trickett are part of Chat to a Champ

We would like to thank the athletes, schools, students and presenting partners Telstra and ACER for their support of the program.