(Australian Associated Press)
Australian soldiers and athletes are joining forces to train together in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Starting from November, members of the military will mentor athletes, sharing facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport.
“Our people are our most important capability,” said Chief of Army Rick Burr on Tuesday.
“Through cooperation and knowledge sharing with the AIS, a respected world-leader in elite sport, we will give our people the best possible chance to out think and out perform any adversary.”
The program is anticipated to benefit some 120 athletes, coaches and performance teams in the two years before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It will bring a focus on mental health, performance under pressure, injury and illness prevention.
AIS Director Peter Conde said the army provided the ultimate mentoring example when it came to performance.
“When people think of army and sport, the image is often of boot-camps to build resilience,” he said.
“This partnership will be far more advanced, exploring education opportunities, mentoring, familiarisation techniques and strategies to deal with pressure.”