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Sport Australian Olympic Games legend Ian Thorpe set to join AIS in new role

11:57  04 june  2018
11:57  04 june  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Australian Olympic Games legend Ian Thorpe has committed to an ongoing role with the AIS that will focus on improving athlete wellbeing nationally.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist is the first member of the AIS athlete wellbeing and engagement advisory committee, which will also include industry experts in areas such as mental health.

Thorpe will also speak at the inaugural wellbeing summit - Beyond the Podium - when he arrives in Canberra to join rowing champion Kim Brennan on Tuesday.

The AIS has expanded its commitment to issues such as mental health in sport by establishing the wellbeing and engagement division, which will be officially launched at the two day Summit.

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It will bring together practitioners and athletes from various sports across the country to develop a national action plan for athlete wellbeing.

“I’m incredibly passionate about this issue and really looking forward to playing a significant role with the AIS Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement division,” Thorpe said.

“It’s really important to have the voices of athletes in this process and the benefit of sharing wisdom to emerging champions can’t be underestimated. There were times during my career that I couldn’t quite find the right person to talk to and this is a great step in the right direction.

“This is about tapping into the knowledge of athletes and sharing what we know as high performers to help this generation and the generations that follow.”

The athlete wellbeing and engagement strategy will focus on five pillars: mental health; athlete conduct and professionalism; career and education; personal development and; community engagement.

The summit will be attended by high performance athletes including Alisa Camplin-Warner, Mark Knowles (hockey) and Brennan.

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