Australia Restructures Olympic Staff To Improve Team Culture At 2016 Rio Olympics
Australia has "appointed sport specific team leaders" for the 2016 Olympics in a bid to "boost performance" and enforce appropriate "culture and values" after the scandal-ridden disappointment of the 2012 London Games, according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller on Wednesday "named the first 10 team leaders, who have experienced 21 Games between them and will have a wider brief than the section leaders who preceded them." She said, "They will help mold the team and implement a strong culture amongst our expected 450 plus athletes (and) instill in the athletes team values and a standard of behavior that is expected from all Olympians" (REUTERS, 4/30). The AAP reported the team leaders are Michael Scott (swimming), Simon Nathan (athletics), Chris O'Brien (rowing), Richard Fox (canoe/kayak), Tim Mahon (shooting), Chris Webb (equestrian), Adam Sachs (gymnastics), Graeme Rose (diving), Bernard Savage (triathlon) and Peter Conde (sailing). Chiller "defended setting the team the diffificult target of a top five finish on the gold and overall medal tally in Rio" -- something not achieved since the 2004 Athens Olympics. Chiller: "Striving for success is part of an elite athlete's DNA, we have no qualms about aiming for the top five" (AAP, 4/30).