Athlete Support Services

Road to Rio IGNITE

The most successful athletic performances come from a committed, driven and united Team environment. To help achieve excellence in Rio, the Australian Olympic Committee is building a supportive framework around the 2016 Australian Olympic Team starting almost two years out from the Rio Olympic Games.

IGNITE is a series of two hour sessions hosted around the country. Hundreds of aspiring Olympic athletes and officials will attend one of 12 sessions to:

  • Learn from legends about Australia’s 120 years of Olympic history

  • Gain an understanding of the Australian Olympic Team objectives

  • Take ownership of the Team’s ASPIRE values- an acronym for Attitude, Sportsmanship, Pride, Individual Responsibility, Respect and Express Yourself

  • Meet the Rio Team leadership group

  • Learn more about the Rio environment

Stage one has been called “IGNITE” to symbolise the lighting of the cauldron or the start of the Olympic journey. There will also be a Team BBQ at every IGNITE session where athletes from different sports can begin to share knowledge and build friendships on the Road to Rio.

Stage two - “ASPIRE”- will launch in May 2015 and run until May 2016. Among other things, athletes will have the buzz of trying on their Olympic Team uniforms!

The Rio Olympic Games will be held from August 5-21, 2016.  


Olympic Appeals Consultant

The AOC appoints Olympic Appeal Consultants for Australian Olympic Teams. 

The position has been established following review of our Olympic Team Selection process for the past few Games. This role as described in Clause 9 of the AOC Olympic Team Selection By-Law is to be available to discuss with athletes contemplating an appeal, the reasons for their non-nomination by their National Federation (NF) to the AOC or non-selection by the AOC. 

The Olympic Appeal Consultant will not provide legal advice to Athletes but ensure that the Athlete fully understands the reasons for the decision in question. The Olympic Appeal Consultant is to facilitate a consultative process between the Athlete and the NF or the AOC as the case may be. 

The AOC and the NF are required to fully co-operate with the Olympic Appeal Consultant in this regard. 


Road to Rio: IGNITE

Former Australian cricket captain and Australian Olympic Athlete Liaison Officer Steve Waugh sits with members of the Australian team during the flag raising ceremony ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. (Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Torah Bright celebrates her gold medal in the women's halfpipe with her parents, Marion and Peter Bright, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo: John Gichigi/Getty Images)