After the success of the Australia’s Winter athletes at this year’s Sochi Winter Games in Russia the AOC Executive wasted no time in appointing Chesterman to the role again almost four year out from the event .
“It’s an enormous honour to be appointed to lead the Australian team to PyeongChang in 2018” Chesterman said.
“I look back to the first time I was Chef e 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.
‘We had a number of young athletes come very close to the podium in Sochi. Hopefully they can go all the way in PyeongChang.
“Of the 60 Australian athletes in Sochi, 70 percent were first time Olympians, and many of those will be back for 2018 and better for the experience.
“The support the team receives from the Australian Olympic Committee is fantastic, and that allows us to put the necessary plans in place to give our athletes the best chance of success in four years time.”
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” Coates said.
Chesterman’s Olympic honour role as Chef de Mission reads as follows:
Nagano, Japan - 1998
Salt Lake City, USA - 2002
Torino, Italy - 2006
Vancouver, Canada - 2010
Sochi, Russia - 2014
PyeongChang, South Korea - 2018