Alumnus secures AOC job straight after graduating

by frank-stuart

For many wishing to pursue a career in the sports industry, working for the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) would be at the top of their list. That’s why Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) graduate Gabrielle Masson was delighted when she beat hundreds of applicants to win a sought after role with the esteemed not for profit organisation.

“The AOC Administrative Assistant position was the first job I applied for, and I jumped at the chance to join a team which embodies Australia’s hopes, dreams and desires. I know my degree with ACPE helped demonstrate my value as someone who could work for the company long-term in a variety of roles,” said Gabrielle.

After working hard to make her mark, Gabrielle was promoted to the role of Sport Coordinator. She has since coordinated the vaccine process for athletes and officials, assisted with the collection of data for accreditations, organised planning visits to host cities for staff and National Federations ahead of the Olympic Games and benchmarked Australian Olympic performance data against competitors around the world.

“Working with the AOC has been life changing. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to China for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games for my first ‘on the ground’ games experience. I got to help set up and pack down the athlete’s village – to be part of the community and experience the different cultures blending together was just amazing,” Gabrielle said.

Gabrielle said she always felt proud when she saw an Australian athlete in their green and gold competing at the Olympic Games.

“I love knowing I was involved in a small way in putting the pieces together that culminated in a particular moment taking place in front of massive audiences around the world. It’s a thrill every time. Being able to experience this first hand when I’m on the ground working at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be the icing on the cake,” Gabrielle said.

“Another highlight has been learning about the multitude of different sports on offer – their differences and nuances I previously knew nothing about.”

Gabrielle Masson

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