Australia’s Olympic athletes and officials are getting a helping hand from law firm Slater and Gordon, an Official Partner of the Australian Olympic Team (AOC).
Elsternwick lawyer Anna Jennings-Edquist, is part of a team of Slater and Gordon solicitors around the country who are witnessing anti-doping legal documents for athletes ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this August.
The Olympic Team Membership Agreements strengthen the AOC’s stance against doping by requiring athletes and officials to sign a statutory declaration confirming they have no history of doping.
Athletes can only be selected for the Olympic team once they have signed-up, and if anyone makes a false declaration, they face being kicked off the team and even risk criminal charges.
Ms Jennings-Edquist said the firm had witnessed the signing of nearly 1,000 declarations for budding Olympians at sporting events, uniform fittings and individual appointments across the nation.
“I trained as a dancer from the age of five years old and went on to become cheerleading captain in high school, so I know how important sports and recreation are to our way of life,” she said.
“I’ve felt privileged to assist young gymnasts and other athletes hoping to reach their Olympic dreams by ensuring they begin by fulfilling their legal obligations.
“By witnessing declarations in our offices or at locations convenient for athletes, it allows them to focus on training and health, rather than paperwork or legal processes.
“I look forward to seeing some of those familiar faces making Australia proud.”
Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, Kitty Chiller said the AOC was excited to partner with Slater and Gordon as a valued member of the Australian Olympic Team.
“The Australian Olympic Committee is committed to the fight against doping in sport and has been at the forefront of protecting the integrity of sport for many years,” she said.
“We are very happy to be working with Slater and Gordon to assist our athletes and officials as part of this process.”
Slater and Gordon is the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team. The partnership is the first of its kind between a law firm and the AOC, and will continue until the end of 2020.