Oriel Technologies director of sales, Chris Fydler, has been appointed Deputy Chefs de Mission for the Australian Olympic team heading to London in 2012.
Fydler was proud to be appointed and said he would bring his mix of Olympic, sporting administration and channel experiences to the job.
“I’ve been on the board of Swimming Australia for four years so I’ve been developing some experience in the administration of sporting teams,” he said. “With Oriel, I’ve got an amount of commercial and legal experience as well, so mixing the two might’ve been something they were looking for.”
The former athlete was part of the Australian relay team that won Gold against America during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
“Racing at that very elite level is quite an exciting experience and very difficult to match away from that. I miss that part of it, but I certainly don’t miss getting up at five o’clock every morning and having to train 10 times a week,” he said.
Fydler expects to face several challenges that will test his resolve during the six-week event, when the eyes of the nation will be focused on London.
“There are always protests involving athletes, behavioural issues that may involve athletes or officials and general logistic issues that do present themselves when you’ve got five or six hundred people in a team, away from their home country,” Fydler said.
“I’ve learned a lot about working in teams and managing people over the last five years I’ve been at Oriel and I’ll certainly be bringing that. I’ll also be coming up with creative solutions to problems that they present.
“I don’t think I’ll be bringing any of the technical knowledge though!”
The Oriel director will depart Australia two weeks before the Olympics in July 2012 and stay until a week after its completion, during which time he’ll be on leave from the company.