Montag officially Tokyo bound

Current national racewalking champion Jemima Montag, has officially been selected to make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Montag is the 10th Victorian Institute of Sport athlete to have already been selected into the Australian Olympic Team.

Montag was nominated for the Australian Olympic Team when she won the the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in Adelaide earlier this year, held before any COVID-19 event cancellations. 

As a national champion who achieved a Tokyo 2020 qualifying result, Montag qualified for auto-nomination to the AOC under the Athletics Australia nomination criteria and was officially selected to the Team today. 

Being Montag's first Olympic Games she admits that just the word "Olympics" has given her "butterflies".

"An Olympic berth feels sacred, exciting and motivating. Sacred because I know it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, exciting because it's a childhood dream come true and motivating because my purpose feels stronger than ever and my ability to reach out and inspire others will lift". She said. 


Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman welcomed Montag, and the other four athletes who were today selected onto The Australian Olympic Team.

“Congratulations to these five athletes on earning their spot on the Team for the Tokyo Games,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Each of them has shown what outstanding athletes they are, and we are excited to add our five track and field athletes to the Team, as athletics is always such an important part of every Games.

“Having moved beyond the original dates of Tokyo 2020 the full focus moves to being ready for 23 July next year. On being told of their selection all five athletes have been positive that they can focus fully on the challenge ahead, to allow them to be at their best for the Games.

“This is a challenging time for athletes and sports across the world, but this is a day to celebrate for the athletes, their families, coaches, supporters, friends and the athletics community who have helped them reach this milestone.

Montag says that the services provided by the Victorian Institute of Sport is a pivotal reason for her Tokyo 2020 Olympic selection.

Today’s selection takes The Australian Olympic Team size for Tokyo 2020 to 78 athletes of an expected 480-strong Team. 

The Australian Olympic Committee has confirmed selected athletes shall remain members of the Australian Olympic Team to Tokyo, and athletes who have completed the entire qualification process, under the existing National Federation nomination criteria and international qualification systems, shall be nominated and selected in line with the existing policy.

Latest News

WEEKEND WRITE-UP: A Career Best and An Impressive Return Home

October 25th, 2021

​In VIS Sport, India Robinson pulled together a career-best result to date, as Steph Catley impressed in the Commonwealth Bank Matildas 3-1 victory over Brazil.

Victorian Institute of Sport Strength & Conditioning Traineeship

October 18th, 2021

​The VIS S&C Department offer a highly valuable learning opportunity for prospective S&C coaches seeking practical experience in the preparation of elite developmental and elite athletes by working alongside some of Australia’s leading S&C coaches.

Cook with Tokyo Olympian Jemima Montag

October 13th, 2021

Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and Tokyo Olympian Jemima Montag teaches us all how to cook 'Buckwheat Crepes, Two Ways'.

VIS Diving Head Coach

October 12th, 2021

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a VIS Diving Head Coach to join our world class sports Institute, located in Albert Park, Melbourne. The opportunity would suit an appropriately accredited and experienced diving coach already working within an integrated program environment and with a demonstrated track record of coaching success at the elite senior/junior national or international level.

National Nutrition Week 2021

October 11th, 2021

This week is National Nutrition Week, providing a time to reflect on our own nutrition and consider if we are achieving balance and meeting our needs for optimal health and performance. The focus for this year’s Nutrition week is “Get more veg in your life”.

See all our partners

VIS is proudly sponsored by