Premier Campbell Newman is calling on Queenslanders to show their
support for members of our triumphant Paralympic team at welcome home
celebrations in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall tomorrow.
The Queensland Paralympic Welcome Home Ceremony is co-hosted by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and will give Queenslanders the opportunity to cheer on athletes and support staff at 11.45am tomorrow (Friday 14th September).
Mr Newman said London 2012 was a highly successful Paralympic Games for Queensland athletes, with 20 medals - seven gold, seven silver and six bronze making up the final tally.
“Our Queensland athletes achieved great things in London, helping Australia place fifth on the overall medal tally with 85 medals in total with a raft of world records to their names,” Mr Newman said.
“But even greater than those figures are the incredible sporting moments and inspirational performances we saw over those 11 days of competition, which were cheered on by the entire state.
“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.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Australian Paralympians would be awarded the keys to the City - becoming the 35th known recipients of this privilege.
"Their performance has been exceptional and the people of Brisbane are so proud of the team’s efforts and achievements," Mr Quirk said.
"I hope the support from our community has been uplifting and on behalf of the people of Brisbane, congratulations to the team and welcome back to Brisbane."
Sport Minister Steve Dickson said the fighting spirit and competitiveness on display during the Games had been nothing short of extraordinary.
“We saw a world record smashed as Brenden Hall took gold in the 400m freestyle, gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay, while fellow swimmer Blake Cochrane also broke his own world record with gold in the 100m breaststroke,” Mr Dickson said.
“Queenslanders Chris Bond, Cody Meakin, Ben Newton, Cameron Carr and Ryan Scott were also instrumental in securing gold for the men’s Wheelchair Rugby Team.
“And our 18 Queensland athletes who made their Paralympic debut this year surpassed expectations with incredible performances.”
The Premier and Mr Dickson will join the Lord Mayor who will present the Paralympians with the keys to the City in the Queen Street Mall at 11.45am on Friday September 14.
The Honourable Campbell Newman
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
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