The Australian Centre for Olympic Studies (ACOS) was launched in 2005, to provide a national focus for Olympic studies and continue the work of the centre based at the University of New South Wales. With the closure of the UNSW Centre in 2004, ACOS provided a new home for the former centre’s archives and library and Dr. Richard Cashman, the former director of the UNSW centre, joined UTS as Adjunct Professor and Associate Director, and now Director, of the new centre. Following the agreement between UTS and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the centre was formally launched by AOC member Helen Brownlee in October 2005. At the same ceremony, the Olympic Studies Room in the University Library was opened by University Librarian Alex Byrne.
UTS has a long history of involvement in Olympic studies through teaching, research and community service. UTS is also well placed to examine Olympic studies in their broadest sense: to consider issues relating to the Olympic Games; to research the Paralympic Games and other major sporting events and to focus on 'sport for all' which is advocated by the Olympic movement.
UTS recognises that it is important to coordinate, enhance and publicise research on the Olympic Games in a wide range of areas. Accordingly, following the agreement with the Australian Olympic Committee, ACOS seeks to coordinate and publicise relevant university research, teaching and community service. By gathering information about the organisation of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and other major international sporting events, UTS has developed a research data base to assist in the organisation of similar future events.
ACOS is hosted by the Management Discipline Group, within the Business School.