One Year to Rio Olympic Games

One Year to Rio Olympic Games


The Olympic Games is a unique event, it’s a collective event involving many different sports. And what makes it so powerful is that it is so many different sports at the same time. It’s like, many, many World Championships have been held collectively, and then there’s the whole notion of the Olympic idea which flows through that. Which I think is the pinnacle for many athletes. We’ve learnt a lot over the last three years. But really as it relates to Rio next year, we think we’re in as good of a position as we expect to be with a year to go. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this collective effort to try and see Australian’s succeed. I feel very privileged to be in the position I am to try and have some influence over the outcomes next year. There is always, and will be, no doubt some challenges that emerge. And we need to be able to respond quickly to whatever they might be. But I, everyday wake up thinking about is there something more that we should be doing, that we’re not doing, that we haven’t thought about? I’m proud that the commission has worked closely with the sportsmen, with the ASC Directory, to actually say… You know what, London was still a good outcome, we still came away with 35 medals, and 7 gold medals. But we said, we can do better than that, and only through change can we do better. So what we’ve done is we’ve gone back and said let’s keep many of the good things that we’re working, but let’s change some things. And we’ve been bold in what we’re trying to achieve. We hope it will produce some great results next year, we’re confident we will get a better outcome than London. But you know, it’s a hugely competitive event, and we’ve got to just keep working hard everyday between now and Rio to get that outcome. I’m confident we can finish well within the top ten. How close we get to the top 5, I guess it’s going to come down to typically, as it will with every other nation and every athlete… The margins on the day, the quality of the competition, how well we plan and prepare, and are ready to deliver the best performance in games time. Look I think in terms of high performance, the biggest achievement has been the clarity of purpose and single mind-ness of the sports sector around what we’re trying to achieve. And that is trying to get back to top 5 at the Olympic Games. And I think that, that unity of purpose has been fantastic to drive performance, and a sense of collective achievement across the sports. Even though they are obviously there are multiple sports involved. There’s a lot of interest in Australian’s seeing Australian’s do well. These people are our ambassadors , and represent Australia in so many ways, and so I do think that there’s a lot of interest in it. So we’re really looking at the athletes who will emerge over the next, not just for Rio, for Tokyo and beyond. Although there’s more for us to do in the pathway area, that is also a really important part of winning edge, the next generation of athletes who are, if you like, emerging through the system at the moment. It’s funny because I’d always rather be an athlete competing. I’m slightly envious of athletes who are preparing for the biggest event in their life, for many of them. Some of them are going back of course. I really want to look back and say we’ve done everything that we could do within our resources, and within our sphere of influence to make a difference. Let’s keep moving forward, lets keep changing and recognising that you can’t stay stagnate, you have to do things differently. And even beyond Rio, you need to keep pushing the boundaries of what you need to do to try and achieve success. I’ll be pretty excited, I think I will be certainly somewhat nervous, but I’m hopeful more that I can reflect back with confidence. And see that we’ve done everything we could do to make a difference and improve the performance for the games.

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