AOC News

Passing of a great Olympian

7 December 2007
John Winter with aspiring Olympic water polo players James Stanton and Jamie Beadsworth at the Launch of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team / WA Appeal, 8th August, 2006

John Winter the first and only Australian to win an Olympic High Jump gold medal has died at the age of 83.Winter became Western Australia’s first Olympic gold medallist jumping 1.98metres at the 1948 Games in London. He also won the High Jump gold medal at the 1950 Auckland Empire Games with a jump of 1.98m.

Herb Elliott Honoured

27 November 2007

One of Australia’s greatest sportsmen, Herb Elliott, has won a World Fair Play award almost fifty years after he became an Olympic champion.

Students from Madang Avenue Primary complete a unit of work on the Olympic Games.

Twenty-six Olympians are returning to the classroom to share their childhood aspirations, sporting experiences and Olympic highlights with primary school students across the country.

Jones apology to Coates

3 October 2007
Radio broadcaster Alan Jones.

2GB radio host Alan Jones has broadcast an apology to AOC President John Coates for comments he made on his program on August 8th 2007.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) today announced that the world’s largest diversified resources company, BHP Billiton, will sponsor the Australian Team as it prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) has received formal recognition from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) as an Olympic Training Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.With exactly one year to go today until the Beijing Olympics, Recreation and Sport Minister Michael Wright has signed an Olympic Training Centre

AOC President John Coates

AOC President John Coates spoke to media in Beijing Sunday regarding a newspaper report claiming Australian athletes will be “gagged” at next year’s Olympic Games.Coates said “our team will range in age from 15 to 55, they are all entitled to have an opinion and to express that opinion”.

The Unveiling Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch relay at the Millennium Monument on April 26, 2007 in Beijing, China.

The Australian Olympic Committee will invite four Legatees to run in next year’s Beijing Torch Relay as a mark of respect to our servicemen and women.Canberra will host the Australian leg of the relay on April 24th 2008, Anzac eve.

Cathy Freeman with the Athens 2004 Torch at the Sydney Opera House on 4 June, 2004.

Chinese officials organising the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay have arrived in Canberra to plan the Australian leg in the national capital next year.Led by the Ms Ming Zhang the six-strong delegation will meet with the ACT Chief Minister, John Stanhope, Tuesday along with the Vice- President of the Australian Olympic

UNCLE TOBYS, one of Australia’s most recognised sporting sponsorship icons, today announced its Official Partnership of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team participating at next year’s Beijing Olympic Games.The Australian Olympic Committee President, Mr. John Coates AC, welcomed the announcement.