Perth welcomes home Olympians and Paralympians
Australia’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Teams will be celebrated next week with a welcome home event hosted by the City of Perth in Forrest Place.
• Annabelle McIntyre, Tokyo Olympian
• Ben Popham, Tokyo Paralympian
• Brianna Throssell, Tokyo Olympian
• Members of Kookaburras Hockey Team
• Peter Bol, Tokyo Olympian
• Robyn Lambird, Tokyo Paralympian
• Sarah Edmiston, Tokyo Paralympian
• Tamsin Cook, Tokyo Olympian.
Western Australians will be invited to attend and show their support for the returning athletes.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the celebrations in the city would bring Tokyo 2020 Olympians and Paralympians together for the first time in a welcome home event, providing an opportunity for the public to acknowledge them for their incredible efforts and performances.
“The Welcome Home event in Forrest Place gives all Western Australians the opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” he said.
“We are honoured to be able to host such a significant event and welcome the athletes home in a unified celebration. I invite all Western Australians to head down to Forrest Place and share in the vibrant atmosphere.”
Olympians who hail from Western Australia brought home a total of 11 medals across both individual and team events.
Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll AM thanked Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas, the Minister for Sport Dr Tony Buti and Shadow Sports Minister Peter Rundle for honouring our remarkable Australian Olympic and Paralympic Teams.
“This Olympic Team was not only one of the most successful to leave Australia but one that inspired the nation through their humility and sportsmanship,” he said.
“Inspirations like Peter Bol who brought the nation and people of all backgrounds closer together, the nail-biting finish of the Kookaburras, the outstanding performance of Brianna Throssell and our Dolphins, and the extraordinary efforts of sailor Matt Wearn, all showed us what could be achieved out of extraordinary circumstances.
“These stories will not only ignite a spark in our next generation of athletes, but they unite us all and help us to celebrate what's great about this nation.”
Paralympians hailing from Western Australia also brought home a total of eight medals across both individual and team events.
Paralympics Australia Chief Executive Lynne Anderson said Western Australians played a seminal role in the establishment of the Paralympic movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
“West Australians have always been at the forefront of the ongoing work to grow the Paralympic sport into the global phenomenon it is today,” she said.
“I’m proud to say that our Western Australian athletes and officials on the Australian Paralympic Team in Tokyo not only lived up that legacy but enhanced it, through their incredible performances, their passion and their commitment to do their state and country proud.
“It just goes to show what a remarkable sporting culture emanates from this great state and it’s another reason why we at Paralympics Australia are so excited about what the future holds for Paralympic sport here in the West.”
The celebrations will start at 12pm on Wednesday 27 October in Forrest Place.
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The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.
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