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AIS Partnership Crucial to Games Success in Rio: Coates

23 October 2013

RIO 2016: The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) needs to be “inside the tent” if the Australian Olympic Team is to achieve a top five finish on the medal tally at the 2016 Rio Games according to the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates.

He was speaking in Canberra at the launch of Campaign Rio, a partnership involving the AIS, AOC and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) ensuring Australia’s athletes receive the best planning and preparation ahead of the Rio Games.

“I decided to do things differently for Rio after the disappointment of London and we need to work more closely with the AIS” Coates said. “The AIS will be a key part of our Team. They need to be inside the tent”.

Matt Favier, AIS Director, will be a Deputy Chef de Mission, specialising in High Performance.

Doctor David Hughes, AIS Head of Sports Medicine will be the Team Medical Director.

Nick Brown, AIS Deputy Director of Research and Applied Science, will oversee Sports Science in Rio.

They will work under the guidance of Chef de Mission, Kitty Chiller, a Sydney 2000 Olympian and member of the AOC Executive.

Favier’s role will mirror that of Sir Clive Woodward, the Rugby coach, who drove High Performance for the British Olympic Team in the lead up to London 2012.

Coates said Rio presents NOC’s (National Olympic Committees) with great challenges. “They are behind in their Games’ preparations and Rio will go right down to the wire” Coates said.

Asked why he had not included the AIS in previous Olympic Teams Coates said “attitudes have changed, we share common goals under the Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC/AIS) John Wylie”.

In front of the new Federal Sports Minister, Peter Dutton, all three organisations thanked past and present Governments for maintaining funding for high performance sport. “We want to give the Government more bang for their buck in Rio” Wylie said.

Dutton confirmed funding for Olympic sport would continue at its present level of $95m per annum.

“Australian sport is at its best when it works together” said Greg Hartung, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee.  

Other appointments announced today include Craig Phillips, Deputy Chef de Mission –Planning and Execution, Chris Fydler, Deputy Chef de Mission – Location Specific and Julien Prosser Deputy Chef de Mission – Culture and Values.

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