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2016 OCV Gala Dinner

Friday November 18, 2016
Palladium at Crown

Celebrating the 6’s

This years Gala Dinner saw more than 720 guests in attendance of which 50 were Olympians who competed at the Melbourne 1956 Games. Attending this milestone anniversary sporting legends, Dawn Fraser, Jon Henricks, who took to the stage in a panel interview with Olympian and well-known Australian hockey coach Ric Charlesworth, Hockeyroos Captain, Rechelle Hawkes, swimming icon Daniel Kowalski and aerial gold medallist Alisa Camplin. We relived some historic moments from 1956, 1976, 1996 and 2006, as well as rewound the clock 3 months to reminisce on Rio with more than 50 members of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team receiving their IOC participation pins.

Governor of Victoria Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AM, was also in attendance as our special guest as well as many Olympians who travelled from overseas, interstate or rural Victoria, including members of the 1956 UK Olympic Team who have made the long trip to Melbourne to be part of this week’s 60th anniversary celebrations and nearly the full women’s Atlanta 1996 hockey team.

The committee would like to acknowledge our Gold partners in Crown Melbourne and Mitchelton Wines, Silver partner in Involve Group, Bronze partners in Dryden Media Group, HamperWorld and Sports Accounting Australia, our supporting partner in Carlton & United Breweries as well as our Sporting Associations and community business partners in Golf Victoria, Gymnastics Victoria, Melbourne International Shooting Club & Victorian Amateur Pistol Association, Netball Victoria, Sailing Australia, Tennis Victoria, Victorian Seals Water Polo, Volleyball Victoria, Water Polo Victoria and Smart Connection Consultancy. Their continued support allows Olympians the opportunity to attend this annual sporting celebration at a very affordable cost. We look forward to continue building this relationship for future events.

Taking a look back at Rio, we recognised those athletes who made their debut in Rio, making them now a part of this exclusive club – ‘Once an Olympian, Always an Olympian!’

As voted on by all Australian Olympians, three awards were presented for the most outstanding performances by a male, Kyle Chalmers, female, Chloe Esposito and team, to the Women’s Rugby Sevens team.

We were delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the OCV Career Support Scholarship. Presented every Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the program aims to support the career development of Olympians ranging from study support to career internships. Funding for the program is confirmed until 2020. This year’s two recipients are Belinda Hocking and Jennifer Cleary.

Finally, the committee acknowledge former VOC President and dual gold medallist Nicholas Green OAM, who has been an integral part of the VOC Executive since 2001 and President since 2005. Nick has been a strong supporter of the club and the Olympic Movement in Victoria, also in this time being elected to the AOC Executive and Julius Patching Foundation Boards. Nick has taken a leave of absence from his role as VOC President and we wish him the very best at this time, and thank him for his continued patronage of the Club.

Congratulations to all celebrating a milestone anniversary this year!

 Capoeira Performers  Acknowledging the OCV supporters  2015 OCV Dinner 1  Minister for Sport - John Eren

The Inaugural OCV Career Support Scholarship

The OCV Career Support Scholarship is an initiative of the Olympians Club of Victoria which aims to support the career development of Olympians. The career focus options will range from study support, career internships and mentoring, equipment purchase (tools of the trade) and other support as requested.

The Olympians Club of Victoria Committee have made an initial commitment of $12,000 of funding for the Career Support Scholarship Program. Funding for the program is confirmed until 2020. It involves a prestigious Scholarship Program for career support awarded in each Olympic Games year.

The Olympians Club of Victoria hopes that the Career Support Scholarship program becomes transformational for the individual through expanding the career or study opportunities to assist the careers of our Alumni.

Thank you to all Olympians who have applied for the scholarship. The recipients will be awarded at this year’s Olympians Club of Victoria Gala Dinner on November 18 at Crown. For further details about the scholarship contact the VOC on 03 9427 0700 or email voc@olympics.com.au.


Once an Olympian, always an Olympian

The objectives of the Olympians Club of Victoria is to promote Olympism by undertaking and supporting activities which will progress the Olympic movement across the state.

Formation of the "Young Olympians Club"  

We are delighted to welcome a new “sub club” to the Olympians Club of Victoria. The sub-committee for this group is led by Olympians Steph Moorhouse (Gymnastics 2004), Ash Brennan (Gymnastics 2012, 2008), Josh Dunkley-Smith (Rowing Silver Medallist 2012) and Tom Swann (Rowing 2012). It will be an opportunity to connect with fellow Olympians and build new networks. To qualify Olympians need to be 35 years of age or younger. Special thanks to the sub-committee and VOC for getting it up and running. If you are interested in being involved please contact the VOC. 

Young Olympians Club – Networking with Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) Chief Executive Officer, Ari Mervis
In its third session, a select group of 16 Olympians had the unique opportunity to connect with Chief Executive Officer of CUB and Managing Director of SABmiller Asia Pacific, Ari Mervis. The evening was hosted by CUB on Tuesday June 9 at their Southbank Head Office, and included an informal boardroom chat followed by a Q&A on Ari’s life and work experiences. 


Our Most Outstanding Olympians

Past winners of the Award, which is presented by the Olympians Club of Victoria at their annual dinner, reads like the who's who of Olympic sport:

2012 London
Sally Pearson, Athletics
Thomas Slingsby, Sailing
Jacob Clear, David Smith, Tate Smith and Murray Stewart, Canoe/Kayak – Sprint, K4 1000m

2010 Vancouver
Lydia Lassila, Aerial Freestyle Skiing
Dale Begg-Smith, Mogul’s Freestyle Skiing 
2008 Beijing
Stephanie Rice, Swimming
Steve Hooker, Athletics
Drew Ginn and Duncan Free, Rowing 

2004 Athens
Petria Thomas, Swimming
Ryan Bayley, Cycling
Men's Hockey Team
2002 Salt Lake City
Alisa Camplin, Aerial Freestyle Skiing
2000 Sydney
Catherine Freeman, Athletics
Ian Thorpe, Swimming
Women's Hockey Team

1996 Atlanta
Susie O'Neill, Swimming
Kieren Perkins, Swimming
Women's Hockey Team

1992 Barcelona
Kathy Watt, Cycling
Kieren Perkins, Swimming
1988 Seoul
Debbie Flintoff-King, Athletics
Duncan Armstrong, Swimming
Special Award, Women's Hockey Team

1984 Los Angeles
Glynis Nunn, Athletics
Jon Sieben, Swimming
1983 All Time Greatest
Dawn Fraser, Swimming
Murray Rose, Swimming
















Contact your Olympians Club

Mr Leon Wiegard OAM
Olympians Club of Victoria
p: (03) 9427 0700
e: maria.cabeliza@olympics.com.au

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