Campaign Rio launches

23 October 2013

RIO 2016: The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) today launched a partnership aimed at ensuring Australian athletes had the best possible planning and preparation ahead of the Rio Games.

A key initiative of Campaign Rio, which will be run by a group consisting of executives from the three organisations, will be to hold two high performance management forums each year.
ASC Chair John Wylie AM said the forums, one of which is being run at the AIS over the next two days, are a chance for sports to share information and be provided with updates on any issues the Australian teams may need to address in Rio.

"The primary purpose of Campaign Rio is to ensure that the Australian team for the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is nest planned, best prepared and best performed," he said.

"In line with the targets set out in Australia's Winning Edge, Australia will be striving for a top five finish in both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2016 and Campaign Rio is an important cog in giving our athletes the best possible chance to perform."

AOC President John Coates AC said Campaign Rio would ensure there were no surprises come 2016.

"This partnership will address key issues raised following the London Games and will provide learning, development and knowledge sharing opportunities for all sports," Coates said.

"Campaign Rio will strive to ensure performance and personal excellence of Australian athletes at the Games and address specific issues the team will face in Rio."

APC President Greg Hartung AO welcomed such a unified approach to Rio saying it would benefit all Australian athletes.

"This initiative has the potential to provide a sound preparation for athletes, coaches, performance directors and support staff," he said.

"It is important we all remain focussed on working collaboratively and sharing knowledge with all partners to ensure the greatest possible outcome in Rio."

Australian Sports Commission

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