Olympians Club of Victoria

2013 OCV Gala Dinner 
Friday November 22, 2013
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

"This was the first Olympians Club dinner my wife, Katie and I have attended. It was amazing to be in a room of Australian Olympic glory. The highlight definitely was meeting Mr John Landy, hero and inspiration. Steven Bradbury's talk was more than entertaining, it filled in many blanks and showed just much The Olympics can change a person's life. We are looking forward to next year's with much anticipation." 
Shane McKenzie – 2006 Bobsleigh Olympian

"The Olympians Club of Victoria dinner again proved why it is a highlight for me every year - a fantastic night having fun and sharing many laughs with fellow Olympians and an event that makes being an Olympian so special. Looking forward to next year’s event already."
Stephanie Moorhouse – 2004 Gymnastics Olympian

The 2013 Olympians Club of Victoria dinner in November celebrated our Olympic Winter greats with special guest presenter “The Last Man Standing”, speed skating Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury OAM. Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Australian Olympic Winter Team (AOWT), updated us on preparations for Sochi and we celebrated the 57th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games at the MCG on Friday November 22, 1956.

We were delighted to have 130 Olympians in attendance, a number of whom were from interstate including dual Olympian swimmer, Graham White, who made a special effort to get to the dinner from Queensland despite not being in the very best of health. There also was a large representation of Winter Olympians, officials and winter sporting organisations.

We welcomed members of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Executive including Kim Crow (Chair, AOC Athletes' Commission), who recently was named female athlete of the year by the International Rowing Federation (FISA).

Recognition was also extended to AOC President John Coates AC on his appointment as Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. Similarly recognised were Kevan Gosper AO, who was awarded the Olympic Order in silver by the IOC, and James Tomkins OAM on his appointment as an IOC member of the Athletes Commission.

Special thanks go to members of the OCV Committee for their great support throughout 2013 and in particular the Victorian Olympic Council (VOC) and our team of volunteers who assisted with the dinner.

On another note, we also recognise the VOC which has engaged 51 Olympians in the delivery of their most successful education programs throughout the State during 2013.

On behalf of the OCV and OCA, we wish members of the AOWT all the best for the upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

 



 

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

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.

 


 


Olympians Club of Victoria 
Committee Members
 

Leon Wiegard OAM (President)
1964, 1972 Water Polo - Men's 

Peter Doak (Treasurer)
1964 Swimming Bronze Medallist

Gill Brewster (Secretary)
VOC Executive Director

Stuart Carruthers
1996 Hockey Bronze Medallist

Adrian Costa
1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 Freestyle Skiing

David Culbert
1988, 1992 Athletics

Margot Foster
1984 Rowing Bronze Medallist

Shirley Harris OAM
Official 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992

Stephanie Moorhouse
2004 Gymnastics

Mike McKay OAM
1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 Rowing Dual Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallist

Mark Turnbull OAM
2000 Sailing Gold Medallist

David Wansbrough
1988, 1992 Hockey - Men's Silver Medallist

 

Contact your Olympians Club

Mr Leon Wiegard OAM
President
Olympians Club of Victoria
PO Box 2228, RICHMOND SOUTH VIC 3121
p: (03) 9427 0700
e: maria.cabeliza@olympics.com.au

The OCV welcomes your enquiries:



Leave this field empty