Queensland Olympians home for Olympic Parade
Queensland Olympic medallists Sally Pearson (Gold, Women’s 100m Hurdles) and Anna Meares (Gold, Women’s Cycling Sprint and Bronze, Women’s Team Sprint) are just two of the 77 Australian athletes who are part of the official Olympic Welcome Home Parade in Brisbane on Friday, Premier Campbell Newman announced today.
Co-hosted by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Olympic Welcome Home Parade will give Queenslanders the opportunity to cheer on Olympians and hardworking support staff marching through the Queen Street Mall at 12 noon.
“With a large contingent of Queenslanders representing our country at the Olympics, we owe it to cheer them on one last time and to welcome them back home,” Mr Newman said.
“Australia’s first gold medal of the games went to the women’s swimming 4 x 100 metre relay – an all Queensland team. Anna Meares did the state proud when she won gold in the women’s track cycling sprint, and who could forget Sally Pearson’s gold in the women’s 100m hurdles – a stellar performance.
“Our Queensland athletes also went on to win a raft of silver and bronze medals throughout the games – a commendable success."
“As a sporting nation this is an exciting opportunity for Queenslanders to come and show their heroes how proud we are of their extraordinary achievements over the past few weeks.
“I particularly look forward to welcoming home our Queensland athletes and celebrating the achievements of the Australian team as a whole.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk congratulated the Olympians on their performances in the London Games and said they deserved the city's highest honour of receiving the Keys to the City.
"This is Brisbane's chance to come out in force to welcome home our world-class athletes and to help us celebrate Australia's achievements," Cr Quirk said.
"Let's show our sporting heroes how proud we are of them and their efforts as we grant them the Keys to the City.
"I encourage people to come out to cheer on the Olympians along the Queen Street Mall and at Reddacliff Place."
Sally Pearson and Anna Meares will be joined in the parade by other Queensland medallists:
• Bronte Barratt (Silver Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, Bronze Women's 200m Freestyle)
• Brittany Broben (Silver Diving Women's 10m Platform)
• Nathan Burgers (Bronze Men’s Hockey)
• Jacob Clear (Gold Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men)
• Cate Campbell (Gold Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay)
• Brittany Elmslie (Gold Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay)
• Kylie Palmer (Silver Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
• Melanie Schlanger (Gold Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, Silver Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay, Silver Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay)
• Emily Seebohm (Silver Women’s 100m Backstroke and Silver Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay)
• Christian Sprenger (Silver Men's 100m Breaststroke, Bronze Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay)
• Tate Smith (Gold Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men)
• Representatives from our Women’s Water Polo team (Bronze).
The ticker tape parade will conclude with a public presentation of athletes on stage at Reddacliff Place, where fans will be able to meet their Olympic heroes and congratulate them.
The Brisbane parade is part of the national Welcome Home Celebration Program, presented by Fitness First, which has been touring since 20 August.
For more information on the parade, road closures and coach zones, visit www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/events/olympic-parade/
The Honourable Campbell Newman
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
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