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New AOC CEO looks to strengthen ties with sports

14 March 2017

AOC: New Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll says stronger relationships with sporting bodies can help combat talent drains to emerging codes.

Carroll will start his new job with the AOC in May, looking to strengthen ties between the Olympic body and national sporting federations.

His appointment comes amid a boom in women's professional sport, most recently through the women's AFL and women's Big Bash League cricket competitions.

The Australian Olympic team has recently relied heavily on women to boost its medal tally - at last year's Rio Games there were more women than men on the team for the first time.

Carroll said stronger relationships were imperative to "make sure the talent of both coaches and athletes continue to flow to the Olympic sports".

"Working with all the (Olympic) sports, not telling them how to run themselves, that is their business," Carroll told AAP on Tuesday.

"But I think collectively we can work together a bit stronger, better, to face those challenges from the big professional sports.

"I said that to the committee on the interview - I see this is an opportunity for the AOC to show good leadership.

"It's not telling sports how to run things, but how can we do things collectively."

Carroll will also seek discussions with the Australian Sports Commission's new chief executive Kate Palmer about funding models of Australia's Olympic sports.

"I know Kate Palmer quite well and we have got on over the years," he said.

"Let's have a conversation. The AOC and (president) John Coates has already put a document on the table so that is probably a good starting point.

"At the end of the day, both the AOC and the Australian Sports Commission want the same thing - success for Australian sport.

"So I'm sure we'll get there ... I appreciate sports funding is tight so let's see how we can improve that situation."

Carroll will relinquish his posting as Sailing Australia's chief to take up the AOC position.

He has previously worked in various senior sporting administration roles including at Rugby Australia, Football Federation Australia and was an advisor to Japan's organising committee for the 2019 Rugby World Cup - a role he said would prove beneficial in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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