The Australian Olympic Committee's Olympics Unleashed programme has held its 100th school visit ©AOC

The Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) Olympics Unleashed program held its 100th school visit, helping to inspire the next generation of athletes.

The AUD$1.34 million (£766,000/$969,000/€851,000) project launched in September takes Olympians and Paralympians aspiring to compete at Tokyo 2020 into classrooms across Queensland to help inspire the students "to overcome challenges and find their passion".

So far the AOC claim the project has inspired more than 23,000 pupils across the state.

One of those to have conducted school visits is Rio 2016 Olympian and 2017 world kayak champion Alyce Burnett, who said it has been "incredible" to take part in the project.

"Every visit I’ve had such a great reaction, with the students wanting to know how they can be their best and how to overcome challenges – it really inspires me to work even harder for my next big event," she said.

The AOC say the programme has already inspired 23,000 school children ©AOC
The AOC say the programme has already inspired 23,000 school children ©AOC

Burnett added: "As an athlete sometimes we’re in a bubble, and it can be such a hard slog.

"But seeing how our story of hard work, persistence and trying to be our personal best can have on kids across Queensland really puts it into perspective."

AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said such visits can help inspire future generations to follow their passion.

"Olympians have stories that transcend sport - stories about hard work, dedication and showing resilience to overcome incredible challenges," he said.

"This has a real impact on students and can inspire them to be their own personal best - on the sporting field, at school and at home.

"With 100 visits this term and more than 250 visits from Cape York to Coolangatta already booked in for next year, we’re proud to see the impact Olympians can have right across Queensland."

The project has been delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government and aims to inspire students from years four to six.