AOC News

Some of the highlights of 2013.

OLYMPIC: In years squashed between a Summer and Winter Olympics, you get a wonderful blend of inspiration. From the slopes of Austria to the Australian shores, you don't have to look far to see Australian athletes striving for excellence. Relive the #ASPIREtoSochi #ASPIREtoNanjing #RoadtoRio magic of 2013!

2013 Joint AIS Athletes of the Year Kim Crow (rowing) & Caroline Buchanan (cycling).

Australia’s top female athletes have declared the inaugural Australian Sports Commission’s Women Achievers in Sport lunch a success and a great step towards attracting more corporate support for women’s sport.

AOC President John Coates poses for a photo in front of the Sydney Opera House on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Coates last night was named Chairman of the 2020 Tokyo IOC Coordination Commission.

AOC: The President of the AOC John Coates believes performances by Australia’s Olympic athletes have “bottomed” and results will improve as we get closer to the 2016 Rio Games.

Kitty Chiller, Chef de Mission 2016 Australian Olympic Team poses for a portrait at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MODERN PENTATHLON: Kitty Chiller, 2016 Australian Chef de Mission, has been appointed to the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) 'Sport for All' Commission.

Nelson Mandela of South Africa pays a visit to the Athletes Village prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia.

The Olympic Movement has paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela with IOC President Thomas Bach describing him as a “hero of humanity”.

Peter Montgomery, Harry Gordon, Tony Bijkerk, Ian Jobling, David Wallechinsky, John Coates and Richard Cashman at the presentation of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) Vikelas Plaque in Sydney on December 5, 2013.

AOC: Some of the most knowledgable Olympic heads in the world have come together at the Australian Olympic Committee headquarters in Sydney to make a special presentation to two outstanding Australians.

Mrs Gardiner’s class of Coen Primary School wins Kangaroo Jack

Australia’s iconic sporting mascot, the Boxing Kangaroo, is now an incentive to primary students to wear their school uniform

1500m freestyle Olympians Daniel Kowalski, John Konrads and Grant Hackett with 1500m Olympic hopefuls Matt Levings, Jordan Harrison and Mack Horton at the Murray Rose Tribute Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on 26 November, 2013.

AOC: Imagine a room where you have Ian Thorpe and Herb Elliot deep in conversation; a table away three budding young 1500m swimmers are hanging on to Grant Hackett’s every word; Dawn Fraser is on the other side of the room reminiscing with teammates John Konrads and Sandra Morgan-Beavis; and London 2012 K4 gold medallist David Smith is down the back getting his Murray Rose book signed by 1956 and 1960 swim team captain John Devitt.

As another calendar year draws to a close, schools across the country are entering the final few weeks of Term 4. Tests are being conducted, Christmas craft is in abundance and the BK Award is being distributed to well deserving recipients.

Olympic legends at the Murray Rose Tribute Dinner

AOC: Australian swimming legend, Murray Rose AM was honoured and celebrated at an exclusive Tribute Dinner in his namesake on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.