August 2, 2016
More women than men in Australian Olympic team at Rio
By Rosannah Nelson for ROW360
Australia will be represented by more women than men for the first time at a Summer Olympic Games.
With the announcement of Australia’s women’s eight now competing in Rio after Russia was disqualified, the team will grow to 419 athletes – 212 women and 207 men.
This comes at a time when Kitty Chiller is Australia’s first female Chef de Mission and Fiona de Jong is the Australian Olympic Committee’s first Chief Executive Officer.
“Gender balance has been something that has been incredibly important in the Olympic movement, and particularly to Australia.
“It was at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 that Australia reached gender parity for the first time, and it is a proud achievement to reach a stage where there are more females than males on this Team,” Chiller said.
For the second-straight Summer Games, Australia will also have a female flag-bearer. Basketballer Lauren Jackson led the Australian team in London, and in Rio, the team will march behind cycling star Anna Meares.