Aussies show off their Copa base

Published 4 August 2016 (AEDT)

Media enjoyed a tour around Copa HQ, meeting athletes and exploring the facilities. ©

Australian media were invited into Australia’s Copa Zone Headquarters today and given an insight into how the team is preparing ahead of the start of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

More than 40 Australian athletes from five sports will be based out of the Copa HQ throughout the course of the Games, all within a few kilometres of the Olympic venues they will be competing at during the 16 days of competition.

Deputy Chef de Mission Danielle Woodward said a lot of work had gone into creating the sub-site for the Australian Olympic Team.

“It’s a great base for our athletes who are competing in the area,” Woodward said. “In our Copa HQ there are a range of breakout zones that athletes can enjoy.

Rowing pictogram

“From the funky bean bags, to the fake Aussie turf and Bruce the Emu out on the terrace, we have tried to create something that makes the athletes feel comfortable.”

Four-time Olympic rower Kerry Hore, who will compete in the women’s quadruple sculls at Lagoa Stadium starting on Day 1 (August 6), said it was definitely an advantage to be staying so close to the venue.

“There’s been big traffic delays coming from the Village – we’re feeling a bit smug staying out here,” Hore said. “It’s a big deal to be only 15 minutes because we can get back quickly and relax.”

Athletes are also being treated to daily meal plans that are being prepared by Australian Olympic Team nutritionists, with food available at all hours of the day to fit around the extended training and competition times.

David Polglase

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