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Suzie O'Neill and Kenny Wallace appointed on leadership teams for Tokyo 2020 and Pacific Games

6 May 2019

Inaugural QAS scholarship holder and Olympian, Suzie O’Neill AM has been appointed by the Australian Olympic Committee as Deputy Chefs de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team. Suzie will join the leadership team for the athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“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.

With a lustrous career in swimming, having won eight Olympic medals, including two golds, Suzie has a wealth of knowledge and support to provide to the athletes.

Along with Suzie, Olympic kayaker, Kenny Wallace OAM was also named as Chefs de Mission and is set to lead Australian teams at the Pacific Games. Wallace will head up team Australia in July’s Games in Apia, Samoa as they go up against 3000 athletes from 22 Pacific nations.

“If athletes can immerse themselves in the multi-sport environment and be part of a strong Australian team culture it will have an ongoing benefit, not only at the Pacific Games but future Games as well as away from the sporting arena.” Kenny said.

Kenny joins the leadership team and will help guide athletes in the run up events to Tokyo next year. Whilst still in competition himself and being a three time Olympian his involvement and understanding will be of great value to the team. 

It’s a fantastic opportunity for the athletes to learn from the experienced Olympians and have them on hand to offer support during these key career milestones.

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6 May 2019