Brennan to lead Australian Team at Buenos Aires 2018
16 May 2017
BUENOS AIRES 2018: Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Kim Brennan has been announced as Australia’s Chef de Mission for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
One of the nation’s most decorated rowers, Brennan has worn the green and gold at three Olympics winning a silver and bronze medal at the London 2012 Games before claiming Rio gold in the single sculls just under a year ago.
“I am so proud to have been given this role,” said Brennan who also sits as the Deputy Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.
“I’m an incredibly proud Australian Olympian and I love what the Youth Olympics stands for. It’s an amazing opportunity for top level competition for young, talented athletes, while also being a celebration of all that is great about the Olympics.”
After years of success on the water she now has the task of inspiring the next generation of Australian sports stars.
“I love mentoring younger athletes and I love their excitement and the passion.
“I am so appreciative of what sport has given me and what I’ve learnt along the way. I hope to now be able to share bits and pieces of knowledge with the younger athletes and help them grow.”
The event has proven to be a pathway to Olympic success with the likes of Jess Fox (canoe slalom), Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon (swimming) representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games before going on to win multiple Olympic medals.
Brennan herself competed at a Sydney Youth Olympic Festival in athletics in 2001 and knows the benefits of such an event.
“While the athletes will get to take on the world’s best in their age there is also a real emphasis on learning and meeting new friends which is brilliant.
“I remember competing in Sydney in 2001 and I’m very excited that there is going to be a whole team of young people who are going to get an even bigger and more exciting opportunity in Buenos Aires.”
While her full focus will be on making sure Australia’s generation next get the experience of a lifetime she is also hoping the event is a chance for herself to continue to grow.
“I think it will be a great experience in terms of leadership, management and learning more about the behind the scenes elements of the Olympics.
“It’s also a great opportunity to meet some new people and some fresh young faces that are out there doing their best.”
Brennan was first notified of the opportunity to be a part of the Team in late 2016 before her role as Chef de Mission was given the green light by the Australian Olympic Committee Executive in February.
She will lead a team of approximately 95 Australian athletes in over 30 disciplines at what is the third Summer Youth Olympic Games following Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing in 2014.
The event will run from 6 to 18 October 2018 and feature close to 4,000 of the world’s best 15-18-year-old athletes.