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AOC unveils new online motivational tool

23 June 2014

Australian Olympians aim to motivate school students across Australia in a new online video resource produced by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

Olympians Kim Crow (Rowing), Ken Wallace (Canoe/Kayak), Cate Campbell (Swimming), Steve Hooker (Athletics), Alana Boyd (Athletics) and Loudy Wiggins (Diving) have spoken about the highs and lows of their sporting careers in a series of short video clips titled Learn from a Champ.

Other members of the Australian Athletes’ Commission including James Tomkins (Rowing), Anna Meares (Cycling), Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics), Lydia Lassila (Freestyle Skiing) and Ramone Cooper (Freestyle Skiing) are also supporting the program.

“This is a fabulous resource for young Australians, in fact for anyone who is looking for some motivation,” Olympic medallist Kim Crow said.

The Olympians talk about using a positive attitude to overcome challenging situations, the importance of sportsmanship, what it feels like to represent Australia, who they respect and admire as well as their responsibility as a role model to young Australians.

“The questions really had me thinking deeply about my own journey, and I hope my responses will assist a young swimmer or a young runner to achieve their own goal” Crow said.

The video resource is designed for upper primary, contains over 50 video clips and is themed around the Australian Olympic Team’s a.s.p.i.r.e. values, namely attitude, sportsmanship, pride, individual responsibility, respect and express yourself.

The vignettes are available on the Australian Olympic Education website - education.olympics.com.au as well as the Australian Olympic Team’s YouTube Channel. A guide for teachers is also available.

“The a.s.p.i.r.e values are great fun to teach to school kids and really rewarding when you see the values in action” Crow said.

Learn from a Champ is just one of the resources available from the AOC’s education program. This free, online program uses the Olympic sport traditions and values to teach life values and life skills.

The video resource was launched on Olympic, celebrated on 23 June each year by millions of young people around the world. In Australia, Olympians have been visiting schools across the country to participate in sporting events, sign autographs and talk about the positive impact sport has had on their life.

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Frances Cordaro



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