AOC News

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.

Marjorie Jackson Nelson during at medal ceremony at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

The retiring South Australian Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson has been awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award given by the International Olympic Committee.

AOC President John Coates

Australia will be a keen participant in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 but not the host.Since the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to endorse the Youth Olympic Games the AOC Executive has considered all of the issues relevant to an Australian bid and resolved not to entertain a bid for this