By Mike Rowbottom

westfield stratford_21-06-12June 25 - Westfield Stratford City, the shopping complex at the gateway of the Olympic Park, will host the team reception for the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) at which the announcement of the team's Flag bearer will be made.

Westfield will also be an Official Supplier to the AOC, although there are no firm plans as yet for the Australian team to join the British Olympic Association (BOA) in having a "House" within the Westfield site.

The reception will take place on Thursday July 26, the day before the Opening Ceremony, at the Southern Cross Lounge in Westfield Stratford City.

This prestigious event on the eve of the Games will be a highlight of the AOC's London events calendar and will be the only occasion where all of the Australian team and Olympic family will gather in one place during the Games.

Westfield will also work closely with the AOC to provide on-site athlete support facilities for the team's requirements outside of the Olympic Village, capitalising on the proximity of Westfield Stratford City which is located just 200 metres from the Village.

The AOC will have office facilities in Westfield for the operation of a state-of-the-art video analysis and editing services suite for coaching and support personnel.

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Westfield group chairman Frank Lowy (pictured above) said: "We're proud to partner with the Australian Olympic Committee for the London 2012 Games and even prouder to welcome the Australian team to Westfield Stratford City.

"As a global business with an Australian heritage, partnering with the AOC was a natural fit and Westfield Stratford City – at the gateway to Olympic Park – will truly be a home-away-from-home from the Australian team."

John Coates, President of the AOC, said:  "The AOC is delighted Westfield can support our 2012 team in hosting our Team Reception, which is a grand occasion and tradition for our team.

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"The unique location of Westfield Stratford City being next to the Olympic Village will allow our athletes to walk to their function which will be a great help.

"Westfield have pulled out all stops to make this happen and prepared an enormous room within their complex to host our team – it's shaping up as a great occasion.

"Westfield coming on board as an Official Supplier to the Australian Olympic team is a fantastic and suitable addition to our Olympic Family and we welcome them to the team."

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