Ch­ester­man ap­pointed to lead win­ter team

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TAS­MA­NIA’S Ian Ch­ester­man has been ap­pointed chef de mis­sion of the Aus­tralian Olympic Team for the 2018 Olympic Win­ter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, the sixth time he has led an Aus­tralian Olympic team.

Af­ter the suc­cess of Aus­tralia’s win­ter ath­letes at this year’s Sochi games in Rus­sia the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee (AOC) ex­ec­u­tive wasted no time in ap­point­ing Ch­ester­man to the role again.

“It’s an enor­mous honor to be ap­pointed to lead the Aus­tralian team to PyeongChang in 2018,” Mr Ch­ester­man said.

“I look back to the first time I was chef de mis­sion in 1998 and I see the enor­mous progress made by our Aus­tralian win­ter sport ath­letes over that time and how we now go to an Olympic Win­ter Games as a highly re­spected win­ter sport na­tion.

“I’m very con­fi­dent that we will take our strong­est team ever to Korea in 2018,” Mr Ch­ester­man said.

Ch­ester­man’s achieve­ment in leading an Aus­tralian Olympic team on six oc­ca­sions will match that of the AOC pres­i­dent, John Coates, who has led six Aus­tralian teams as chef, at the Sum­mer Games from 1988- 2008.

“Ian is a strong and pas­sion­ate leader who also has a great rap­port with his ath­letes and he thor­oughly de­serves to lead the team in 2018,” Mr Coates said.

The vet­eran chef de mis­sion’s Olympic honor role reads as fol­lows:

1998 Nagano, Ja­pan; 2002 Salt Lake City, USA; 2006 Torino, Italy; 2010 Van­cou­ver, Canada; 2014 Sochi, Rus­sia; 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea.

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