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What Will Education Look like in 2032? Olympics Unleashed - education programs & support curriculum

Workshop | Australian Olympic Committee | Friday 23rd of June, 2.15pm | Wickham Room

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Olympics Unleashed takes Olympians and aspiring Olympians into Australian schools to inspire and motivate students to be their personal best. Not every student will be an Olympian but the associated skills such as teamwork, resilience and goal setting are important life lessons. In this workshop, on International Olympic Day, the AOC will provide insight into how Olympics Unleashed and associated education programs support curriculum while being inspired by a guest Olympian.

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James Edwards | Chief of Community Engagement AOC

It’s an exciting time for the Olympic movement in Australia, being one year out from Paris 2024 and the countdown has started for our next home Games of Brisbane 2032. Our collective opportunity and challenge is how we can all inspire the nation to make the most of this once in a generation opportunity.

Over the last five years the AOC has developed evidence-based initiatives engaging Australian communities with the Olympic values of friendship, respect and striving for excellence. The results are a growing series of face-to-face school programs that see Olympians reaching all corners of Australia on a daily basis, inspiring students to be their ‘best selves’.

Along with the team at the AOC, James’ primary role is sharing the stories and values of Olympians and athletes with Australians. James is responsible for directing the AOC’s community engagement initiatives that includes education programs, the AOC’s Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan, increasing participation in Olympic sports and Legacy planning for Brisbane 2032. James has been engaged with the AOC for over 15 years with numerous roles on Olympic teams, building programs with Olympian Services, managing the Olympic Team Appeal, along with advocacy and stakeholder management. James’s background is in sports management, events, sponsorship and working with athletes.

Alyce Wood | Dual Olympian – Tokyo 2020, Rio 2016 – Canoe-Sprint

Alyce Wood is a Dual Olympian in the sport of Canoe-Sprint. Growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a seven-year-old Wood aspired to be an Ironwoman. She turned to kayaking at the age of 15 to improve her surf ski paddling and fell in love with the sport. Wood made her Olympic debut in Rio in 2016 finishing 8th in the K2 500m Final. Alyce competed at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where she finished 8th in the Final of the K-1 500m and 5th in the Final of the K2 500m. Wood is married to fellow kayaker and Olympian Jordan Wood. Paddling is a family affair for Alyce, who is coached by her mother-in-law, Olympic medallist Anna Wood. Alyce has visited over 60 primary schools in Queensland inspiring over 8,000 students through the AOC’s Olympics Unleashed Program.

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