Rising Tasmanian rugby star Anna Cosentino has been announced as one of 26 young leaders from across Australia to attend the Australian Olympic Change-Maker Summit.
Anna is the captain of the GYC Girls Rugby Team and is passionate about encouraging other young girls to play rugby and get involved. She has played for the TAS U18 women's team and has represented Tasmania at the U/19 Nationals.
After helping create the GYG program and promote the sport, Anna was selected by a panel of Olympians from almost 1000 nominations across Australia, and will represent her communities at the National Summit in Canberra from 5-8 December 2023.
The students will connect and collaborate with other Change-Makers and Olympians, engaging them to play a critical role in the future of the Olympic movement in Australia.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll congratulated the students on their selection to the 2023 Australian Olympic Change-Maker National Summit.
“The Australian Olympic Change-Maker program is a special program,” Mr Carroll said.
“It is inspiring to see the impact Australian students are having in their schools and local communities, and the many initiatives they are implementing.”
“Congratulations to each of the 26 young leaders selected for the National Summit – while still at school they are already creating positive change in their communities, demonstrating the Olympic spirit from Darwin to Murrumbidgee, Launceston to Mindarie. They demonstrate our future is in very capable hands.
“I look forward to meeting the 2023 Change-Makers in December and most importantly, hearing the students' ideas that can help progress the Olympic movement in a very exciting green and gold runway of opportunity as we approach Brisbane 2032.
“Thank you as well to the teachers and schools around Australia for their ongoing support of the Australian Olympic Change-Maker Program – not only for nominating students to be recognised as Change-Makers, but for fostering environments where young people feel empowered to make a difference.”
At the National Summit, students will have the unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with Olympians including Brooke Hanson, Mack Horton, Sami Kennedy-Sim and Nathan Katz.
This is the fifth year of the Australian Olympic Change-Maker program.
Olympic gold medalist and host of the Olympic Change-Maker National Summit, Brooke Hanson OAM OLY, said she was blown away by the standard of applicants this year.
“The submissions this year are the best we have ever seen, and it was a very difficult task for the Olympian panel to select who would be coming to the National Summit,” Brooke said.
"A huge congratulations to those who have been selected, your hard work and commitment to creating lasting change within your school and local community has been felt by all at the AOC and by the Olympians involved in the program.
“I look forward to seeing you shine at the National Summit in December.”