The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) & Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) were represented by President, Graham Ford AM, at today’s Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting.
The agenda included addresses by John Coates AC, President of the AOC and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee and awarding of the AOC Award of the Order of Merit to Ms Raelene Boyle AM, MBE.
President Coates highlighted Australia’s track record alongside Greece as being the only nations having competed in every Olympic Games, and the need for the AOC to remain independent and autonomous to meet its duty. President Bach highlighted the need to fight for the rights of sports and athletes.
The ILS and SLSA look forward to further dialogue with Olympic Movement influencers in the coming week through the SportAccord convention at the Gold Coast, Australia.
Focuses will include the need for greater representation of athletes in decision making and bringing attention to the unique humanitarian aspects of life saving as an IOC-Recognised International Sports Federation.