There are more women than men in Australia's Rio Olympic team, marking the first time females have dominated selection for a Summer Games.The women's eight rowing team was added to the team after a Russian doping disqualification, meaning 212 places on the 419-strong contingent are taken up by women.
Except for the 283 Australian women who competed at Sydney 2000, this year's group is the biggest in Olympic history.
Gender balance has been something that has been incredibly important in the Olympic movement, and particularly to Australia," said Kitty Chiller, who is Australia's first female chef de mission.
"It was only at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 that Australia reached gender parity for the first time (31 women and 29 men), and it is a proud achievement to reach a stage where there are more females than males on this team."
"It's a very strong statement [and] it shows that women's sport is genuine sport. It is elite competition just as much as the male has been over time," she added.
Another strong medal chance, canoeist Jessica Fox, who won silver in London four years ago, said the historic levels of representation was further evidence "women's sport in Australia is really taking off".
"Females athletes have really had more recognition in the last couple of years. I think it's really growing," she said.
"To see all the female athletes who will be here in Rio going for gold, going to represent their country the best they can and proud to be at the Olympics and obviously we are all here to do our best and I know we are going to be great role models."
Australia's Rio squad is the fifth-largest in its history — behind Sydney 2000 (632), Athens 2004 (482), Beijing 2008 (435) and Atlanta 1996 (424) — but the 207 men travelling to Rio is the smallest group of Australian males since the country sent 188 to Barcelona in 1992.