Australian Olympic Team set to field 460 athletes in 33 sports at Paris Olympics

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10th July 2024 – (Canberra) The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has officially announced that a formidable contingent of 460 athletes will proudly represent Australia at the forthcoming Paris Olympics across 33 diverse sporting disciplines.

This 460-strong Australian team marks the third-largest delegation ever sent by the country to an overseas Olympic Games, trailing only behind the Tokyo 2020 and Athens 2004 editions. Notably, approximately half of the athletes are expected to make their Olympic debut in Paris, a slight decrease from the 62 per cent at Tokyo 2020 and 64 per cent at Rio 2016.

A significant milestone has been achieved with this Australian team boasting the highest percentage of female representation in the nation’s Olympic history. The AOC has proudly highlighted that women account for 55.6 per cent of the team, a remarkable contrast to the 1924 Paris Olympics when no women were included in the Australian side.

The team comprises a diverse range of athletes, with equestrian veteran and three-time Olympian Shane Rose standing as the oldest member at 51 years of age, while 14-year-old skateboarder Arisa Trew represents the youthful end of the spectrum.

Adding to the excitement, Australia will foray into various new disciplines for the first time, including the mixed team race walk, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to embracing evolving sporting landscapes. Furthermore, Australian women will make their debut in the basketball 3×3 competition, showcasing the growing inclusivity and opportunities for female athletes.

During a press conference, Anna Meares, the Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic team, expressed her confidence in the athletes’ readiness, highlighting the years of dedicated training and preparation that have brought them to the starting line of their Paris Olympic ambitions.

Meares also revealed that the team’s busiest days are anticipated to be 27th July and 3rd August, during which Australian athletes are expected to compete across an impressive 20 sports on each of those days.

The AOC emphasized that the composition of the team may undergo changes prior to the opening ceremony on 24th July, owing to potential athlete withdrawals or the allocation of late additional quota spots.