Chesterman appointed to lead winter team
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.