Swimming Australia Bound To Coates As Veteran Admin Wins AOC President

Despite calls for change from within various Australian sporting bodies, including Swimming Australia Limited (SAL), John Coates has been reelected as President of the Australian Olympic Committee. Taking the AOC vote in a final tally of 58-35 over rival candidate Danni Roche at the organization’s Annual General Meeting, Coates will now enter his 28th year in the AOC President role.

Roche, an Olympic medalist in women’s hocky, will maintain her role on the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) board, committed to her desire to change mentalities within Australian sport. Said Roche after the result was announced, “Although the AOC’s members did not vote for a change in president, the past six weeks marks a pivotal moment in Australian sport.

“Congratulations to John Coates on his re-election as AOC President. I wish the entire @AUSOlympicTeam every success in the future,” she commented.

This 2017 election marks the first time in 27 years that Coates had faced a challenger to his position. With his win, Coates will remain as a Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, a role in which he has been in since 2013.

With the reported tension between the AOC and SAL, it remains to be seen what impact Coates’ presence will have on the two organizations’ relationship ongoing. SAL publicly backed Roche for the AOC Presidency, with President John Bertrand committing to change in a lengthy editorial to The Australian this week.

Within his argument for Roche, Bertrand wrote, “If we are to become competitive again on the world stage, a much higher level of focus and collaboration among all of those involved in the Olympic movement is required, particularly between our two peak bodies, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) which supplies the majority of funding to the Olympic sports, and the AOC. To achieve this, we need a major refresh in leadership: new ideas, more innovation, and much more collaboration.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Ned Jr

“To achieve this, we need a major refresh in leadership: new ideas, more innovation, and much more collaboration.”
Couldn’t have expressed it better. Time to go John Wylie, ASC Board, John Bertrand and SAL Board Go now and go quickly and have people who actually know or care about sport be put in place.
This ballot and campaign has been a disgrace from the start by the pretenders.
It has been a political push that failed dismally. Hopefully Turnbull/Hunt will act by removing the ASC Board in toto after or during the budget processes.

Ned Jr

“To achieve this, we need a major refresh in leadership: new ideas, more innovation, and much more collaboration.”
Couldn’t have expressed it better. Time to go John Wylie, ASC Board, John Bertrand and SAL Board Go now and go quickly and have people who actually know or care about sport be put in place.
This ballot and campaign has been a disgrace from the start by the pretenders.
It has been a political push that failed dismally. Hopefully Turnbull/Hunt will act by removing the ASC Board in toto after or during the budget processes.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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