Nett Knox - Sports Chaplain - Heads For Vancouver

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27 January 2010



Nett Knox has been a Sports Chaplain for 12 years and is the only full-time female

Chaplain in Australia.     This will be Nett’s fourth Olympics.      

Says Nett, ‘many of us as spectators will get to witness the world’s best athletes in

action at these Winter Olympics. On our screens we get to see them up close and

personal. We even get to know a bit about them and the people who support them

family, sponsors, managers, and coaches.     But as Chaplains, “trust” is the key

to my role being effective. There are a lot of people athletes cannot and perhaps

should not trust, but when they know they can trust me to keep everything they

talk about confidential, it supports them. It gives them an unconditional confidante.

“The Olympics” is a very emotional and high pressure atmosphere. The athletes,

and even the support staff, experience all the normal emotions all of us would feel:

loneliness, isolation, fear, away from their family and support base. There are

always things that go wrong: they can be injured and can’t compete to the best of

their ability or can’t compete at all. That can be devastating. Their life is their sport

and without their sport a lot of them feel like their life is gone’.

Nett will hopefully be billeted with a family in Vancouver, but unlike the Beijing

Games, Vancouver Olympic has not ‘outfitted’ their volunteer chaplains. She has

to seek her own financial support. Nett still has not raised her Air Fare let alone

expense money.     

Do religion and sport mix?   That is an age old question.   Says Nett, ‘we saw them

collide in Chariots of Fire, when Eric Liddell had to battle his own religious beliefs

and those of the English in the lead-up to winning his Gold in the Paris Olympics in

1924, so I think these days the relationship is much easier’.

Betty Moore, former International athlete and world record holder, who attended

the Sports Chaplaincy Australia’s 25th Anniversary Dinner in Sydney October 2009

says that Sport Chaplaincy is a very necessary adjunct to team management and

it’s available to ALL athletes.

If you would like to contact Nett before she leaves on 4th February 2010

please contact her on 0402309326. 


Christine Leaves

Publicist:   Phone (02) 9653 8261    email:

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