Olympic champions inspire University students


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Rio 2016 Olympic medallists and team members will hope to inspire students at the University of Technology Sydney this Thursday, providing an insight into their lives as elite athletes as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) Meet with a Champ program.

Gold medallist and rugby sevens captain, Sharni Williams will join boxer, Shelley Watts, taekwondo athlete, Hayder Shkara and water polo goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas at the event.

All of the athletes who were debutants at the 2016 Olympics are looking forward to sharing the highs and lows of their journey to the Rio Games.

Newly elected Athletes’ Commission member, Shelley Watts said she is excited about sharing her journey with older students.

“I’ve visited a number of younger primary students but I’m really excited to meet with university students,” Watts said.

“Some of the students may themselves be elite athletes, so to share our journeys and potentially inspire them to push to achieve their goals is something pretty special.”

In a one-hour discussion, the Olympians will talk about how they became involved in sport, the positive impact it’s had on their lives as well as their experience at the Olympic Games.

Meet with a Champ tours around the country during the year and each event features outstanding Olympians who share with aspiring athletes the positive impact sport has had on their lives.

Meet with a Champ is just one part of the a.s.p.i.r.e. school network, the AOC’s education program, which uses the traditions and values of Olympic sport to teach life values and skills.

The program also features the online multimedia events Chat to a Champ and Learn from a Champ as well as Olympic Day.

The event will be shared live on the UTS Housing Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UTSHousing/

For more information about Olympic education and how to participate visit the AOC website – http://www.olympics.com.au or contact Ashleigh Knight 0422 619 446