Kitty Chiller Becomes First Woman Appointed as Australia’s Chef de Mission

August 27, 2013

Kitty Chiller has become the first woman to be appointed as the chef de mission of the Australian team at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Chiller was a modern pentathlon athlete at the Sydney Games in 2000 and was the deputy chef for London 2012.

The historic appointment comes five months after the Australian Paralympic Committee appointed Kate McLoughlin as the chef de mission for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.

In a statement Chiller said: “This role is the pinnacle of sports management and leadership in the country.

“There are some very important lessons that we need to learn from London. Team structure is one of them. Team structure is related to a focus on high performance and ensuring that we are totally and utterly focused on high performance for the athletes.”

Chiller has recently joined Surf Life Australia in a senior management role and was previously the deputy general manager of the Australian Sports Commission.