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Dr Carolyn Broderick (1982) – the first female Medical Director of an Australian Olympic team

16 Nov 2023

MLC School Class of 1982 Old Girl, Associate Professor Dr Carolyn Broderick, made history when the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) named her the Medical Director for the Australian Olympic team for the 2024 Paris Games. She becomes Australia’s first female Medical Director for an Olympic Games.

The AOC described the decision as a ‘key appointment’ for the upcoming Olympics and Dr Broderick herself described it as ‘a great privilege to be part of his team to ensure the health of each individual representing Australia in these challenging times.’

The Australian Olympic team is fortunate to have Dr Broderick’s wealth of expertise and experience in elite sports. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia and The Australian Open. She was the Deputy Medical Director for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Games, was Team Physician at the 2012 London and 2000 Sydney Games, and the Medical Director the Australian Youth Olympic Team in Nanjing in 2014. She has also been a member of the AOC Medical Commission (2013–2016), the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee, and the Medical Advisory Panel for the National Rugby League.                                                                                                       

Aside from her Olympic Games and Tennis Australia responsibilities, Dr Broderick is also an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at University of NSW, and a Staff Specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine (CHISM), located at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She has tended to children with sports and exercise-related issues for the past two decades, while also helping children with chronic diseases like haemophilia, cystic fibrosis and cancer, achieve their full potential.

In being named the Olympic team’s medical Director, she succeeds Dr David Hughes AM, who held the role for eight years and chaired the panel responsible for finding his replacement. After the announcement, Dr Hughes posted on Twitter

“Delighted to see someone of the calibre of @carolyn_brod  take the reins as Medical Director for #Paris2024. Carolyn will take this role to a whole new level. The Australian Olympic Team is in very safe hands.”

Dr Broderick’s achievement is a testament to her hard work and her dedication to providing the very best care to elite athletes.

The MLC School community congratulates Dr Carolyn Broderick on this fantastic achievement.

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