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18 Mar 2019

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18 March 2019

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The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has expanded its community outreach programme, “Olympics Unleashed”, into schools across Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales. Already running in schools in Queensland in 2018, “Olympics Unleashed” takes Olympians and aspiring Olympians into schools to teach students important lessons in goal-setting, working hard, building resilience and overcoming setbacks. More than 100 Olympians will be trained by education and presentation experts in how to effectively tell their Olympic journey stories to teenage children in a classroom. Before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the AOC hopes that more than 85,000 students will benefit from having an Olympian come to their school. In Queensland, after only a few months, 30,000 children have already had lessons and more than 80 athletes have been trained in delivering them. More info at In addition, the AOC awarded its highest honour, the Order of Merit, to outgoing Governor-General Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) at a ceremony in Sydney on 8 March. The function was organised by AOC President and IOC Member John Coates AC to thank Sir Peter for his service as Australia’s Governor General since 2014, and for the particular interest he has shown in the Olympic Movement. This was the first time the AOC has acknowledged a Governor-General in this way. More details here.

26 June 2018

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On 16 June, 10 Olympians joined more than 140 Indigenous runners from 20 communities around Australia for the “Deadly Fun Run” around the famous rock Uluru. The morning Run was organised by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), which was founded by Robert de Castella, four-time Olympian and world marathon champion in 1983 in Helsinki. A relay race was also organised in the afternoon. The IMF is focused on encouraging running in Indigenous communities as a path to resilience, health and leadership. More details here on the Australian NOC website.

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