Olympic Flame about to be lit in Olympia

In just two days the Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, to commence it’s journey to the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janiero.

olympic flame lighting

Arthur Tunstall Dies Aged 93

The Commonwealth Games Association has announced death of Honorary Secretary/Treasurer and Life Member, Arthur Tunstall OBE.


More at www.commonwealthgames.com.au


Spirit of Sydney Facebook and News Updates

Spirit of Sydney Volunteers group now has it’s own Facebook page (see the right hand side of this site).


We’ve now connected this site to Facebook so all new posts on this site will automatically update the Facebook page as well as streaming the last ten Facebook page posts to this site.

In  addition tweets from Around the Rings, Inside the Games, the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Paralympic Committee and Rio2016 (in English) will automatically re-tweet to our Facebook page, thus preparing us for the latest news direct from Rio2016.

We hope you’ll enjoy the “show”.


Kosovo – Newest NOC for Rio 2016

Kosovo has become the 205th National Olympic Committee and will send a team of athletes to Rio in 2016.



Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Ticketing

CoSport has been announced as the official ticket sales agent for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Australia.


If anyone is interested in purchasing tickets to events please visit the website link below.

CoSport Australia


Gold Coast 2018 Volunteer Registration of Interest

Registration of interest in becoming a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Volunteer is being invited by a form on the official website as follows.


Please click the link to complete the form.


Vale Ron Clarke MBE OAM ASM

Sad news today of the passing of Ron Clarke.

Arguably the best distance runner of all time, Mr Clarke held 17 World Records and yet never won an Olympic gold medal.

On 10 July 1965, at London’s White City Stadium, he became the first man to run 3 miles in under 13 minutes, lowering the world record to 12:52.4.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Clarke collapsed and nearly died from altitude sickness sustained during the gruelling 10,000 m race final.

He was elected Mayor of the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2004.

He later became instrumental in winning the bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Australia has lost another of her sporting fold … Rest in Peace.


Tokyo 2020 receives 26 applications for Additional Sports Programme

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has received a total of 26 applications from international sports federations proposing events to be included in the summer Olympic Games in five years’ time.

Sports represented in the first phase of applications comprise air sports, American football, baseball/softball, billiards, bowls, bowling, bridge, chess, dancing, floorball, flying disc, karate, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, roller sports, climbing, squash, sumo wrestling, surfing, tug of war, underwater sports, wushu, waterski and wakeboard.

from SportBusiness

IOC rejects idea of a Tri-City bid

IOC President Tomas Bach has rejected the possibility of a joint bid from Sydney,Melbourne and Brisbane for the 2028 Olympic Summer Games.


Read the story on GamesBids

Boston 2024 Bid Chairman Appointed

Transcript from release by Boston 2024 Bid as follows :

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Thank you for your support of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. I cannot think of a greater transformative opportunity for our city than to welcome the world in 2024, showcasing our unique character and the unifying spirt of sport in ways that will leave lasting benefits for Boston and for the Olympic and Paralympic movements for generations to come.

The Games are about more than sport; they are a symbol for what is best about each of us. Wherever the Games are held, people around the globe stop and watch the world’s greatest athletes compete. Through their examples on the field of play, we see the Olympic values of friendship, fair play and excellence in action. This is the gift of the Games and this is what I want our city and its young people to experience first-hand in 2024.

To prepare for this amazing opportunity in front of us, the Boston 2024 Partnership is aligning its leadership with key phases of developing a winning bid. Effective today, the Board approved my role as Chairman of the Bid. With deep gratitude to John Fish, who successfully led us to be chosen by the USOC to represent the U.S. in the pursuit of the 2024 Games, I am honored that John asked me to play this role in the next phase of the three-year bid process. John remains very active in the leadership of the bid. We owe him tremendous gratitude, and I am thrilled that he remains on our Board as a vice chairman.

As a leadership team with complementary skills and experiences, we’re focused on a collaborative process for our Games planning. We are working with community partners, elected officials, Olympians and Paralympians, the USOC, our Board and the dedicated Boston 2024 staff and volunteers to develop by June 30 a fiscally responsible, privately-funded Games Concept – one that reflects the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, that integrates seamlessly with the City of Boston’s vision for Boston’s future and that will create a meaningful legacy for Boston and for the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

We also announced today these updates to our leadership and governance of the Boston 2024 Partnership:

Peter Roby Joins as Vice Chair

Peter, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Northeastern University, joins our partnership as vice chair of the Bid and as a director of the Board. As a former men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University, marketing vice president at Reebok and director of Northeastern’s Center for Sport in Society, Peter’s informed insights will help integrate the region’s world-class educational institutions and focus on scholar athletes with the broader Bid planning, strengthening Boston’s differentiated advantages on the international stage.

Jack Connors and Larry Lucchino Named Senior Advisors

We are also adding two Senior Advisors to the bid: Jack Connors and Larry Lucchino. Jack is a founding partner of Boston-based advertising agency Hill Holliday and serves as an influential leader in numerous philanthropic and community efforts. He was also instrumental in creating Camp Harbor View, a summer day camp that serves more than 900 urban children each summer. Jack will advise Boston 2024 leadership on strategies to effectively position the strong attributes of Boston’s education, innovation, culture and sports communities to key stakeholders around the world.

Larry, now in his 14th year as President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, has led the organization during an era of unprecedented success. Together with principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and their partners, the ownership group has created an organization that saved Boston’s renowned Fenway Park, established the Major League Baseball record for consecutive sold-out games, and most importantly, ended an 86-year wait with a dramatic World Championship in 2004, followed by additional World Series victories in 2007 and 2013. Larry will remain in his role with the Red Sox while volunteering his services to advise and guide the Boston 2024 team.

Committees of the Board of Directors

In our continuing efforts to strengthen the governance of our bid, Boston 2024 is forming committees of our Board, which serve oversight roles in the operational, financial and governance matters of the organization.

The Executive Committee provides leadership direction on the Bid’s operational progress, especially related to venue planning, financing, and the athlete experience. It is led by me and includes the following:

Scott Blackmun, CEO, United States Olympic Committee

Cheri Blauwet, Boston Marathon winner, Paralympian, and M.D. at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Christopher Collins, Co-founder and managing partner at First Atlantic Capital, LLC

William “Mo” Cowan, retired U.S. Senator, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies LLC, Of counsel, Mintz Levin

Roger Crandall, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual Financial Group

Anita DeFrantz, Olympian, USOC Board Director, and member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board

Brian Doherty, Secretary Treasurer, Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District

John Fish, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, CEO, Suffolk Construction

Carol Fulp, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.

Thomas J. Keady, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Boston College

Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Olympian

Michelle Kwan, Olympian and member, U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University

Robert Popeo, Chairman, Mintz Levin

Larry Probst, Chairman, USOC Board of Directors and member of the International Olympic Committee

Robert Reynolds, President and CEO, Putnam Investments

Peter Roby, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Northeastern University

Angela Ruggiero, Olympian, USOC Board Director, and member of the International Olympic Committee

The nominating and governance committee of the Board will be chaired by Carol Fulp. Through Carol’s support, we plan to continue expanding our Board, bringing in the expertise and experience from more members of our community and the Olympic and Paralympic family.

This is an extraordinary time for our city. I am confident that Boston 2024 is the right bid at the right time – not only for our city but also for the Olympic and Paralympic movements. I believe you’ll agree that…

Our unparalleled educational prowess and innovation will help reinvent the Olympic Games by delivering on Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

Boston 2024 will help advance the City of Boston’s 2030 vision, especially in areas that include job creation, affordable housing and improved transportation, leaving an invaluable Olympic legacy for the people of Boston and the Commonwealth.

Boston’s sustainable approach to delivering an easily accessible experience for athletes and spectators will set a new standard for the Games – benefitting our city and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Our commitment to developing a fiscally-responsible, privately-funded Games will provide economic and social stimulus and demonstrate new models for hosting successful worldwide and world-class events.

We are uniquely positioned to captivate an audience of tomorrow’s leaders with the values of Olympism via the 250,000 students in Boston each year.

There is no doubt that Bostonians are passionate about the unifying spirit of sport. Let’s all work together to bring the world’s greatest sporting event to our great city. It’s time to bring the Games back to the U.S., right here in Boston.

40 Australian Olympians who enlisted in WWI

Did you know that Australian Olympians enlisted and fought in WWI ?
These 40 brave Australians exemplified all that was good in our young nation with three paying the ultimate sacrifice.


Claude Angelo
Paris 1924

Frank Beaurepaire
London 1908 (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Antwerp 1920 (1 silver, 1 bronze),
Paris 1924 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Malcolm Boyd
Paris 1924

Edwin ‘Slip’ Carr
Paris 1924

Daniel ‘Danny’ Carroll
Rugby – London 1908 (gold) and Antwerp 1920 (gold, in US team).
Served, and was decorated, with US Army during WW I

Frank Cummings
Rowing – Paris 1924

Simon Fraser
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Harold Hardwick
Swimming – Stockholm 1912 (1 gold, 2 bronze)

Henry ‘Harry’ Hauenstein
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded a Military Medal in WW I.

Harry Hay
Swimming – Antwerp 1920 (1 silver)

Cecil Healy
Swimming – Stockholm 1912 (1 gold, 1 silver)
Known for his medals and great sportsmanship at Stockholm. This Manly surf lifesaver who was recognised for his bravery in the surf was the only Australian medallist to die in WW I. He was killed at Mont St Quentin, near Peronne on the Somme, 74 days before the end of the war.

Keith Heritage
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Was a reserve for the rowing eight at Stockholm, having rowed in the crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley on the way to the Olympic Games. He was replaced in that crew by Hugh Ward. A very early volunteer for WW I, he served in New Guinea and Gallipoli. He then served in France where he was awarded a Military Cross a month prior to being killed at Pozières in July 1916.

Stinton Hewitt
Athletics –Antwerp 1920

John ‘Darb’ Hickey
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)

Ernest Hutcheon
Athletics –London 1908

Walter ‘Wally’ Jarvis
Rowing – Paris 1924

Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Athletics – Antwerp 1920
In WW I he was awarded a Military Cross and was mentioned in despatches (MID) four times. He also served, and was decorated, in WW II. He became the Chairman of the Organising Committee for Melbourne 1956.

William ‘Billy’ Longworth
Swimming – Stockholm 1912

Joseph Lynch
Athletics – London 1908

Malcolm McArthur
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal in WW I.

Charles McMurtrie
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)

Cecil McVilly
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded a Military Cross in WW I.

Sydney Middleton
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Served at Gallipoli. Within weeks of the armistice became organising secretary for the AIF Sports Control Board that provided sporting activities for soldiers waiting return to Australia from England prior to demobilisation. His wartime decorations included being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and once MID.

William Murray
Athletics – Stockholm 1912

Thomas ‘Tom’ Richards
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Was at the original Gallipoli landing. Awarded a Military Cross on the Western Front.

Claude Ross
Athletics – Stockholm 1912
Enlisted in the early days of World War I and served at Gallipoli. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and in August 1917 lost his life over France.

Harry Ross-Soden
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

John ‘Jack’ Ryrie
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Frank Schryver
Swimming – Stockholm 1912
Served at Gallipoli. Awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal in WW I.

Arthur Scott
Rowing – Paris 1924

Harvey Sutton
Athletics –London 1908
Twice MID and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his military service in the Middle East.

Ivan Stedman
Swimming – Antwerp 1920 (1 silver), Paris 1924

W. Allan Stewart
Athletics – Stockholm 1912

Theodore ‘Theo’ Tartakover
Swimming – London 1908
Stockholm 1912

ED ‘Ted’ Thomas
Rowing – Paris 1924

Ronald ‘Ron’ Thomas
Tennis – Antwerp 1920

Robert Waley
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Hugh Ward
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded Military Cross and 2 Bars in WW I.

A. James ‘Jim’ Willard
Tennis – Paris 1924
Awarded a Military Medal and Bar in WW I.

A.W. ‘Nick’ Winter
Athletics – Paris 1924 (gold)
Amsterdam 1928

Information from the Australian Olympic Committee

Tokyo 2020 Venue Changes

From the Japan Times

The venues for three Olympic events will be changed for the 2020 Tokyo Games as part of efforts by the International Olympic Committee to streamline future tournaments and rein in vast budgets, the director of Tokyo’s organizing committee said.


Gear Up Girl – March 8th

The Heart Foundation GEAR UP GIRL is coming up fast on Sunday 8th of March and we need your help on the volunteer team! This week the Eventeamwork Team did a trial ride of the course… we got lost and also had a flat tyre! Route Marshal, Ride Crew and some Site Assistants with water would have made our ride 100 times better – that’s the power of volunteers! So now it is your turn to support The Heart Foundation and 1000 ladies as they ride their way through the Gear Up Girl course.

For a full list of availabilities, shift times locations and role descriptions please head to the Eventeamwork website www.eventeamwork.com.au/opportunities/gear-girl-2015/

Need some more convincing on why you should take up this opportunity
Support the great work of the Heart Foundation

Encourage cycling in Sydney
You will receive a uniform, bag of goodies and meal pack!
Opportunity to ride to the finish for FREE after your volunteer shift
Short shifts in the morning, leaving you free in the afternoon for other activities
Volunteer get together and thank you at the finish site in Cronulla… with cake!
Plain and simply…. A great day out enjoying beautiful Sydney while meeting new friends!