The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s Sports Diplomacy 2030 Strategy following a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne in Brisbane today.
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll AM says the Olympic Movement in Australia is uniquely placed to assist government build links in our region and globally through sport.
“The Sports Diplomacy 2030 agenda is built on four pillars to which we believe the family of Olympic sports and the Movement can contribute in a substantial way.
“We certainly valued the opportunity to provide the Minister with a briefing on our involvement with the region and how this can benefit the strategy.
“Whether that’s representing Australia globally, building links with our neighbours, helping with trade and investment and helping strengthen communities, collectively and individually, the family of Olympic sports has much to offer.
The AOC is consistently involved in multi-sport competitions and engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, as well as forging strong relationships on the ground through regional sporting organisations.
Mr Carroll pointed to the upcoming Annual General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committees in Fiji as a forum where the Australian Olympic Committee plays a role in strengthening communities in the region.
“I will be representing the AOC this weekend in Nadi where I will outline the benefits of the “Olympics Unleashed” program and how the Australian Olympic Committee can assist the 17-member Olympic Committees in rolling out their own programs.
“We will relate our experience in how Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes can share their stories with school children in a structured program that builds self-awareness, resilience, goal setting and motivation in that younger generation.
“This program is enjoying outstanding success in Queensland, is shortly starting in NSW and is set for further expansion in 2019. It’s a great example of how the AOC and government can work together to help our youth. We think our experience will really benefit the Pacific region.
“Our Australian Olympic athletes are also telling us if there’s a role for them assisting their Olympic counterparts throughout Oceania participate in this program, they are willing to help. Importantly, this is not about recruiting athletes – it’s about assisting strengthening communities on the ground.
Mr Carroll also pointed to the expansion of Australia’s involvement in regional Games and the role this can play.
“This month we were pleased to celebrate Australia’s inclusion in the Asian Games for 2022. The largest multi-sport global sporting event outside of the Olympics. There has been 20 years of hard work bringing this to fruition and it will benefit the entire Oceania region, not just Australia.
“In 2019 we will be sending Australian Teams to the Pacific Games in Samoa during July and the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego. And of course, our Winter Olympic Team will be competing in Beijing in 2022. Each of these Games represents an opportunity for Australia to engage in a broader sense” Mr Carroll concluded.
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