As the spectacular closing ceremony brings Rio 2016 to the end, I reflect on why the Olympic Games is so important to our world. I could write a book on it but this video below shows it the best. The pride of our nation, the unconditional support of our team and its uniform....without a care in the world of who wins! Take a look......
It is this next generation that our team is inspiring. To be better people and better leaders. This is GOLD!
Another illustration is this from a dear friend who sent me a message:
Emma (who is 16) comes to me about 10 days ago - 'so do you think I could be an Olympic Diver ?' Of course Em, why not?! 'Ok well, I need to lose weight and tone up first ' so, has been at the gym every day since. i love the way sport and particularly the olympics reaches ordinary people and inspires them to become a better version of themselves - gotta love her unwavering belief in herself and her amazing self esteem.
It has been an amazing two weeks of thrills and spills and testing of the human spirit. I know our athletes have inspired our next generation.
Through their efforts to triumph they have shown their strengths of character. It was an honour to be part of this awesome team!
I am sad it is over, yet we will need four years to recover and prepare for the next one.
Thank you all for your generosity and for your support, all the athletes and myself are incredibly grateful, we couldn't have made it without you.
Thank you also to Rio for its colour, playfulness and sports spectacular. Tokyo 2020 we are already excited!
Have you entered in the #QLDRIO16 PJ competition yet? It’s easy! Share your Qantas PJ’s pic on social media using the hashtag to be in the draw. Multiple entries allowed!
Entries Close August 30th, winners announced Sept 7th. Competition closes soon, be sure to get in your entry!
Winner announced on social media
Join us at the Welcome Home Parade!
Friday 2nd September 11.30am, Parade, Queen St Mall or 12.00pm in King George Square.
Again, I thank you for your support! Get excited for Tokyo 2020!!
5 x Olympian, Gold & Bronze Medallist
What an incredible time I am having in the village!
There are so many highlights, here's just a few...
I was so proud that our first medal for Australia in Rio was Men's Team Archery. Great work Taylor, Ryan and Alec.
So exciting at the pool to see Kyle Chalmers' win at age 18 and Cam give him a huge congratulations. Maddie's silver in the fly and silver in a girls relay. Such an honor to be cheering them on!
Riveting watching Shooter Catherine Skinner taking out gold!
Loved watching the Volleyball girls battling it out.
From rowing to Trampoline to cycling, it was a bronze for Anna Meares and now it's time to get ready for more midnight beach volleyball!
Watch my video below for a full recap in the village:
Keep cheering everyone on...they said they could hear you cheering!
We are so incredibly proud of our team!!
I am looking forward to all sports in the last week....the sailing, basketball, hockey, water polo and athletics are all coming up!!!
I have taken some time out to be a part of the World Olympians Association board meetings. This is such an important role as we look at how Olympians can make a difference in their communities and be positive role models all over the world. Our board is very diverse and I look forward to the discussions on the coming days. Our time together started with a field trip to the beach volleyball! Unsolicited by me!
Have you entered in the #QLDRIO16 PJ competition yet? It’s easy! Even Steven Bradbury is getting in on it!
Share your Qantas PJ’s pic on social media using the hashtag to be in the draw. Multiple entries allowed!
Entries Close August 30th, winners announced Sept 7th.
It is with your support that these athlete's dreams are realised, thank you.
Stay tuned for more updates from Rio!
5 x Olympian, Gold & Bronze Medallist