Ten of Australia’s high profile Olympians travelled to the Kinglake area in Victoria Tuesday to try and lift the spirits of the local communities
Harry Gordon, honorary official historian of the AOC, writes:Julius “Judy” Patching, who died on Friday at the age of 92, was not only the Grand Old Man of the Olympic movement. He was one of the most loved characters in all Australian sport, admired and respected by generations of athletes for the genial, down-to-earth wisdom of his leadership.
The Australian Olympic Movement is mourning the death of Julius (Judy) Patching AO OBE. Judy passed away in hospital on Friday aged 92.To so many he was the foundation stone on which the Australian Olympic movement is built and Olympians past, present and future owe Judy a great deal.
As Australia tries to come to terms with the nation’s worst peacetime disaster, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) today made a $100,000 donation to show support for those communities impacted by the devastating fires in Victoria. The AOC made its donation to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund launched by the Victorian Premier in partnership with the Australian Government and the Red Cross.
The Federal Government will be asked to consider changes to the way it funds Olympic sport by giving the sports themselves a bigger say in the way the money is spent.The new model would incorporate the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) which currently distributes Government funding amongst the Olympic sports.
Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has identified a shortfall of $100 million a year in funding if the decline of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is to be stopped, for the London 2012 Games and Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
HISTORICAL VIGNETTE: More than a decade before Andrew Gaze, Mark Bradke and Luc Longley announced Australia’s arrival as a power on the world basketball stage Australia already had an internationally-rated male star. His name was Edward (Ed or Eddie) Sebastian Palubinskas.
The Australian Olympic Committee today announced it will spend $30 million to send our athletes to the London Olympics in 2012. The AOC has budgeted $16.7m to prepare the 2012 Australian Olympic Team and $13.4m to send the Team to London. The AOC has budgeted $16.7m to prepare the 2012 Australian Olympic Team and $13.4m to send the Team to London.
Dual Olympic rowing gold medallist Nick Green will lead the Australian Olympic Team to the 2012 Games in London following his appointment as Chef de Mission today.The AOC Executive Board endorsed Green’s appointment at a meeting in Melbourne.
Olympic stars inspire students in Canberra