Dual Olympian joins Australian Olympic Committee
Dual Olympian Daniel Kowalski has been announced by the Australian Olympic Committee as Olympian Services Manager.
Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Matt Carroll, confirming the appointment will start in August 2018.
“The AOC has prioritised engagement with the Olympic alumni, placing a greater focus on assisting athletes during their career and in life after sport.
“This position takes responsibility for managing the AOC’s Athlete Transition program including mentoring, developing opportunities for internships, education and creating career development opportunities,” Carroll said.
“Daniel’s Olympic experience and his work with the Swimmers Association gives him an enormous understanding and appreciation to know exactly what it takes for an athlete to be competitive at the highest level and the journey to get there.
“Just as important is the journey an athlete takes after retirement and the challenges it brings.”
A four-time Olympic medallist, Kowalski competed in Swimming at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and since retirement has gained 15 years of experience in sports administration and athlete advocacy implementing athlete support and career programs.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Olympic Committee,” Daniel said.
“As a proud Olympian, to have the opportunity to work in an environment where I can better the lives of the current athletes, as well as those recently retired, is really important to me.
“I think there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the transition space, and it’s definitely a challenge, but I’m excited by that because it’s something that is extremely important for an athlete from a well-being point of view and to have the opportunity to run this program is quite an honour.”