Jo Brigden-Jones speaks at Forestville Public School in Sydney ©Getty Images

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has launched its education programme ahead of Rio 2016.

Six hundred students at Forestville Public School in Sydney heard the stories of three Olympians, with the trio all on different paths to the Games in the Brazilian city.

Rio Chef de Mission and Sydney 2000 modern pentathlete Kitty Chiller was joined by kayaker Jo Brigden-Jones and water polo bronze medallist Nicola Zagame, who both featured at London 2012.

Brigden-Jones described speaking to the students as "rewarding" as she attempts to reach her second Olympics.

"They were all excited to hear about what happens at the Olympics and what it was like to walk out with the team at the Opening Ceremony," she said.

“All Olympians are hard workers, determined, committed, set goals high, and are encouraging and supportive of each other.

“These are the qualities we want to teach and pass on to the kids, as they are the future of Australia.

"It's more about teaching the Olympic values which create special people.”

Water polo bronze medallist Nicola Zagame was another to share her story
Water polo bronze medallist Nicola Zagame was another to share her story ©Getty Images

As part of the education imitative, teachers around the country will have free access to a multitude of educational activities all aimed at encouraging young Australians to participate in sport and showcasing Olympians as community role models.

Zagame said: “I hope to inspire them to achieve their goals, whether that be academically, creatively or in sport.

"The Olympics is all about bringing countries, cities and communities together to bring unity, and teaching children about these values is really important.

“We also need to educate the kids of today about health and fitness, as well as teamwork through competition, and the Olympics is an exciting example of bringing these traits to the forefront. “

The 2016 program will feature "Chat to a Champ" which allows primary school students to speak with their Olympic heroes online using web video conferencing.

"We are thrilled to offer primary and secondary school teachers a range of learning activities themed on the Australian Olympic Team and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Chiller.

“The activities can be used in the classroom or on the sporting field and they all demonstrate the positive impact sport can have on one’s life.”