It’s been an exciting week for Kim Forge, President of the Australian Curling Federation. Forge was selected by the Australian Olympic Committee from a pool of strong applicants as the sole Australian to secure a place in the International Olympic Committee Executive Masters in Sport Organisation Management.
The programme is designed for professionals working in national or international sports bodies to gain knowledge on how to better manage their organisation.
Forge, who has acted for eight years as the President of the Australian Curling Federation and competed on world stage since 2005, will focus her research on the best strategy to promote sport and reach multi-culturally diverse communities in Australia. With this, she hopes to increase curling participation within Australia.
The programme lasts 12 months and is scheduled to begin in September 2021. During those 12 months Forge will complete multiple modules, some of which are planned to be held in Switzerland and Kosovo.
“I am so excited to start and complete this programme. I was supposed to begin this programme at the end of January in Lausanne but have recently found out it will start in September due to COVID and all of the travel restrictions in place,” said Forge.
Forge added, “I’m so pleased that the Australian Olympic Committee has chosen to invest in winter sport and the Australian Curling Federation. It shows that our continual hard work and efforts over time have been recognised.
“Over the years the Australian Olympic Committee have watched our Federation improve and become real contributors within the national sporting organisations of Australia. It seems that the research project is quite an important factor too.”
As a predominantly summer sporting nation, Forge is delighted that she has the opportunity to put curling on the map ahead of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games – a time when curling receives global exposure to new audiences.
“I am keen to promote curling globally, meet new people within the sporting fraternity and broaden my horizons,” said Forge.