26 September 2023

Australian Army resigns up with Sports Commission

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The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Army in time to hit the water in Paris next year where the soldiers will be rowing to win Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Welcoming the revival of the Army’s MoU from 2020 when today’s Australian Sports Commission was the Australian Institute of Sport, (AIS) the Chief Executive of the ASC, Kieren Perkins said the new understanding would provide unique benefits and experiences for Australia’s athletes, coaches and sports.

“Our Australian rowing coaches have already booked a session at the Combat Training Centre at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville as part of their Olympic preparations,” Mr Perkins said.

“I look forward to seeing how the sharing of knowledge will assist in their Paris campaign.”

The Army’s Lieutenant General Simon Stuart said the partnership would bring soldiers and athletes together to build resilience and share skills.

“There are many similarities between athletes and soldiers,” Lieutenant General Stuart said.

“I’m keen to see what we can learn working with the Australian Sports Commission and the AIS to enhance the performance and experience of our soldiers.”

They each said the renewed MoU would continue to focus on key-shared areas such as human performance optimisation, coaching, briefing and debriefings, and organisational learnings as well as explore new areas including supporting and increasing Indigenous representation in sport.

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Gathering to renew the MoU, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Simon Stuart and Deputy Chief of Army, Major General Cheryl Pearce meet ASC Chief Executive Kieren Perkins and Executive General Manager of AIS Performance, Matti Clements.

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