August 5, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games edging towards their close on Sunday, staging and AV supplier Connected Event Group played a key role bringing together Australian athletes for the Australian Olympic Committee.

Historically delivered as a major live event, the naming of the Australian flag bearers and the taking of the Olympians’ oath was undertaken virtually in the days leading up to Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Connected Event Group Co-founder and Director Libbie Rae said it was the first time the company had worked on an Olympic Games related event.

She told micenet the business delivered a complex virtual event that concluded with a live feed into Channel 7 News and a major media conference.

“We are so honoured to have had the privilege of bringing the Australian team together for the most important and emotionally charged event for the Australian team and also the general public,” she said.

Connected Event Group’s debut into the Olympic Games arena virtually brought together Australian athletes around the country and in Las Vegas. Its clients were MKTG and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Rae said the event was broadcast live from the company’s Chippendale studio in Sydney.

The project brief was to connect remote presenters in 12 locations live on 7 Plus, YouTube and Facebook as well as for a six-minute live broadcast on 7 News. At the end of the event, Connected Event Group also facilitated a virtual media conference.

Rae said it was a complex brief with challenges associated with the multi-location presenters and feeding into the Olympic Games broadcaster, Channel 7.

“There were a range of challenges. Sending broadcast packs to locations in Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane and Las Vegas, switching over from our stream to Chanel 7 via the satellite van connected into our studio in time for the news broadcast. And importantly, providing engaging and inclusive viewing while managing COVID safety.”

She said the move to a virtual event for this historic announcement was another new experience for the company – made all the more exciting as it kicked off the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games coverage.

“It was such an honour to work for the Australian Olympic Committee and MKTG for this important event.”

Australia’s Olympic athletes oath was newly created with input from the athletes. It was designed to capture the Olympian identity and reflect what is good about being Australian.

The Australian team recited the words for the first time at the event at which swimmer Cate Campbell and basketballer Patty Mills were announced as joint flag bearers for the Australian team. The oath was formulated by the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission which began work on the project in 2018.