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Australia’s Olympic athletes and officials are getting a helping hand from local law firm Slater and Gordon, an Official Partner of the Australian Olympic Team (AOC).
Sunshine lawyer, Leah Hickey, 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 Hickey 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.
“Our team of lawyers has been helping athletes and officials with these legal documents over the past 18 months, and I’m pleased to be part of it,” she said.
“I’ve met with athletes who have visited our office in Sunshine, and I’ve been inspired by their prospects of qualifying for this exciting world event.
“Helping some of Australia’s greatest sporting achievers to meet their legal obligations is a privilege, and I know they will represent Australia in the finest way on the international stage.”
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.