British Olympic Association (BOA) Chairman Colin Moynihan delivered a keynote address and served as a guest panellist at the Annual Session of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) this past weekend in Toronto.
Lord Moynihan was invited to address the Annual Session Delegates by COC President Marcel Aubut. Earlier this year, the leaders of the two National Olympic Committees for the most recent (Vancouver 2010) and the upcoming (London 2012) Olympic Games signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of their organisations at the BOA Headquarters in Central London.
Held twice each year at locations throughout Canada, the COC Session brings together leaders from Canada’s National Governing Bodies for Sport, the COC Athletes’ Commission, and various sport and business divisions within the COC.
Lord Moynihan participated in an international sport panel discussion with Aubut and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Director for the Olympic Games Gilbert Felli. Topics covered by the panel included the autonomy of sport; securing sport in the current economic climate; the relationship between organisations that make up the Olympic Family, including National Olympic Committees, International Federations, the International Olympic Committee and the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games; and the development of the Youth Olympic Games.
Lord Moynihan also provided an overview of preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the COC Executive Committee and the Annual Session Delegates, which was warmly received by the attendees.
British Olympic Association Chairman Colin Moynihan:
“It is a privilege to have been invited to take part in the international panel at the Canadian Olympic Committee's Session. We have a great deal to learn from each other as NOCs who share the experience of hosting the Games. As sport continues to rise on national agendas and is seen as a positive influencing factor for many government policies, it is critical that the 204 NOCs work together and develop as robust organisations; strategically delivering on the needs of both our aspiring and current Olympic athletes. The most effective way of doing this is through open dialogue. It has been a great pleasure, following the immensely successful Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and in the build up to London 2012, to share our thoughts and experiences on key issues facing the Olympic Movement with the Canadian sporting family.”