"In a year defined by change and adaptation, the 2020 Olympic Change-Makers demonstrated their ability to use the spirit of the Olympics to inspire positive change in their community." Matt Carroll AM, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Olympic Committee
I received a letter this week from the Australian Olympic Committee recognising the leadership work of 2020 graduate Aidan Luchs. Aidan was selected by a panel of Olympians as a National 2020 Australian Olympic Change-Maker. He joined twenty other students from around Australia to participate in a three day virtual National Summit with the task of maximising the potential of a 2032 Olympic Games Candidature in Australia.
The Change-Makers worked alongside Olympians to address the key areas of sustainability, equality, diversity, regional impact and community spirit. They presented their recommendations to the Olympic Champion, Cate Campbell and the CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, Matt Carroll AM who were so impressed with the ideas they presented that they will be taken forward as part of the AOC's considerations in planning opportunities for the Olympic Movement in Australia over the next decade.
We thank Aidan for impressively representing our Academy in the Australian Olympic Change-Maker Program.
For students interested in finding out more about the Australian Olympic Change-Maker Program, details of the launch of the 2021 program will be made available on the web site https://www.olympics.com.au/resources/articles/australian-olympic-change-maker/
Entries are open to all Australian high schools, and teachers are invited to nominate up to two students per school from years 10-12 who demonstrate the Olympic Spirit.
This can take on many forms – from major projects to small examples of daily positivity. This is a chance to have students recognised for their fantastic work in leading teams, coaching juniors, supporting seniors, making a difference at a sports club, a national cause or effecting change on the world stage.
Student nominees need to be able to:
- Display leadership through sport in their school or local community, and/or
- Use sport as a vehicle to improve health & wellbeing and drive social change in their school or local community.
Nominations will be assessed based upon the student's ability to demonstrate:
• Social Impact;
• Innovation; and
• Inclusion of the Program's theme; and
• Otherwise complies with the Video Criteria in the Terms and Conditions
Mrs Vanessa Rebgetz