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Athletes aiming for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games stand with Woolworths Chief Marketing Officer Tony Phillips and 2016 Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller at the sponsorship announcement on 30 January 2015 in Melbourne

Woolworths, the fresh food people, have signed on to be the Official Supermarket of the Australian Olympic Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tributes to Harry Gordon

22 January 2015
Harry Gordon signs copies of his book during the Launch of 'From Athens With Pride' by Harry Gordon at Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014.

Tributes to Olympian historian Harry Gordon, after he passed away in Queensland at the age of 89.

Harry Gordon (C) poses with AOC President John Coates (L) and Australian Olympian Herb Elliott (R) during the Launch of 'From Athens With Pride' by Harry Gordon at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

I’ve never had a more loyal friend.

Harry Gordon with his From Athens With Pride book, published in 2014 to mark 120 years of Australia's involvement in the Olympic Movement.

AOC: A distinguished career that spanned 70 years has ended with the passing of journalist, foreign correspondent, editor, author and Olympic historian, Harry Gordon.

AOC President John Coates speaks during the Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Australian sport has embraced the new World Anti-Doping Code with John Coates declaring the uptake is a “clear indication that Australian sport is united in the fight against doping”.

AOC President and IOC Vice President John Coates speaking to the media pack at the IOC Session in Monaco in December 2014 as part of the Agenda 2020 Summit.

AOC: Australian Olympic Committee President and IOC Vice President John Coates has been ranked 2nd, behind IOC President Thomas Bach, in the highly respected Golden 25 ranking by Around The Rings.

Cathy Freeman lighting the cauldron at the Sydney Olympic Games, with the magic suit having the Olympic rings sewn upside down.

AOC: For 14 years there was mystery around the Opening Ceremony suit worn by Cathy Freeman. Now it may have appeared, with rings upside-down and all.

The cauldron containing the Olympic flame rises above Aboriginal Australian torch bearer Cathy Freeman September 15, 2000 during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

AOC: Melbourne police have taken possession of an item of clothing which could be the bodysuit worn by Cathy Freeman in the Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000.

Positive Signs for Rio

17 December 2014
AOC President John Coates speaks during the Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

AOC: There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study.

IOC members embrace change

9 December 2014
IOC members vote on reform measures at the Agenda 2020 session in Monaco on 8 December 2014.

AGENDA 2020: Each of the 40 recommendations for reform, including an overhaul of the Olympic bidding process driven by John Coates, has been approved at the IOC Session.

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