Olympic Games Gold medallists Susie O’Neill and Kim Brennan
have been announced as Deputy Chefs de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team
to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The pair join Olympic fencer Evelyn Halls in the key roles,
rounding out Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman’s leadership team for the Games.

In 2016, Kim Brennan became the first Australian woman in 20 years to win an Olympic rowing gold medal. She won the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Additionally, New South Wales Institute of Sport CEO Kevin
Thompson has been appointed as Head of Performance.

The appointments were confirmed at the AOC Executive Meeting
in Sydney today. 

AOC President John Coates AC says he’s pleased Chef de
Mission Ian Chesterman has such solid support behind him.

“Each of these Olympians has special qualities to contribute
to the Team environment and each will bring their own experience and
perspective. They will prove a very important resource for Ian,” Coates
said.  

Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman says the Deputy
roles are critical in ensuring that the athletes’ needs come first.

“We are focused on giving our
athletes the very best opportunity to perform at their best. Our three Deputies
totally understand the environment of Olympic competition, and will be a great
support to our athletes and coaches in the team.

“It is very exciting to have
such a high calibre group together. Each brings something different but each
has a fantastic work ethic and great empathy for what’s important to athletes,”
Chesterman said.

Winner of eight Olympic medals, Susie O’Neill AM says it’s a
privilege to again be part of the wonderful energy of an Olympic team.

“I’m hoping that I can provide that reassurance to the
younger athletes. When they see that I am just an everyday person, they can
believe in themselves and that anything is possible,” O’Neill said.

Rio
single scull Gold medallist Kim Brennan AM says to be contributing to the Team
effort so soon after retirement is exciting.

“Every
Olympian wants to keep contributing in one way or another. We have that bond.
To be stepping into this role gives me the chance to make a different type of
contribution,” Brennan said.

Olympic fencer from the Sydney and Athens Games Evelyn Halls
says it’s an honour to be able to contribute in Tokyo.

“Undertaking the role of Chef de Mission for our Youth
Olympic Team in Buenos Aires last year gave me a great appreciation of the
difference you can make for our young athletes. To see that young team meld as
a unit and really perform to their best was very satisfying,” Halls said.

Kevin Thompson says he’s very excited and privileged to be
involved with the Australian Team for the Tokyo Olympics.

“Leading a team to deliver HQ performance support services
whilst working closely with Dr David Hughes and his medical team is a great
opportunity. I look forward to the challenge of the Games and working through
the requirements of each sport to support them in optimising athlete
performances,” Thompson said.

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