Sideline Champions Program – Talking Points
Spokesperson: Commonwealth Games Chef de Mission | ASC Board Member, Steve Moneghetti
*Video team member- Nick Wiggins, 0412 219 541
Hi everyone and welcome to the Sideline Champions program.
My name is Steve Moneghetti, I’m the 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games Team Chef de Mission, and also a member of the Australian Sports Commission Board.
In all my Commonwealth Games experience, as Chef de Mission but also as an athlete myself, I have seen and experienced first hand the unwavering support families and loved ones provide on this elite sporting roller coaster - and it’s not easy.
There are highs and there are lows. There are always hurdles and challenges along the way. Emotions can run high and we know that the people closest to our elite athletes experience every joyful and heartbreaking moment alongside them.
So - it is a pleasure to have you on board as a Sideline Champion - as someone who “vigorously supports a cause or person”.
This is a very exciting initiative for Australia’s Athletes.
The Sideline Champions program aims to make the most of the support network around our athletes.
It’s important for our athletes to focus on their preparation and performance.
We want our athletes to make the most of the unique opportunity to compete at a home Commonwealth Games.
We want our athletes to share in their success with you and vice versa, because it’s a team effort whichever way you look at it.
So, it’s equally important that we acknowledge, celebrate and support you, the families and significant others who are helping our incredible athletes strive towards the Commonwealth Games. We also want to help you be best prepared to support your athlete pre, during and post Games.
To do this, the Sideline Champions program will deliver:
*We’ll provide communication channels so that you can access the information you require as well as connect with the Sideline Champions community
*We’ll host a dedicated and secure venue adjacent to the Games Village so you can meet, relax and spend time with your loved ones during the Games on their terms and when it is beneficial for them;
*We’ll organise a number of celebratory events at this venue to nurture the community spirit amongst you all and celebrate Games time success and experiences; and
*We’ll continue with the support post the euphoria of, or in some cases the disappointment of the Games so that our Sideline Champions can help support their athletes with the intense highs and lows that competing at the highest level can bring.
On behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia and the Australian Sports Commission, thank you for being involved.
Thank you for your support and being part of this unique Commonwealth Games journey.
We can’t wait to see you on the Gold Coast early next year.