GC Olympians and Paralympians to be celebrated at Welcome Home event this weekend

The Gold Coast’s Olympians and Paralympians will receive a hero’s welcome on Sunday morning at the HOTA outdoor stage.

The celebrations will mark one of Australia’s most successful Olympics, with a welcome home presentation for local Olympians and Paralympians followed by free family fun.

Mayor Tom Tate encouraged locals to come along and meet their heroes.


“The Tokyo Olympic flame may have been extinguished but our admiration for team Gold Coast lives on. They underscore what it means to be a Gold Coaster: passion; determination; and that famous have-a-go spirit,’’ he said.

Mayor Tom Tate with Curtis McGrath and Logan Martin. PHOTO: Supplied

Paralympics Australia CEO Lynne Anderson said the celebrations were a fitting way to celebrate the returning athletes.

“The Australian Paralympic Team produced one of the most courageous and successful campaigns in our Games history in Tokyo and I am so proud of the resilience and determination of our Paralympians.

“Once again, our Gold Coast-based members of the team performed brilliantly on the world stage and carried themselves with dignity and class.”

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll AM welcomed the celebration and thanked Mayor Tom Tate for honouring the remarkable Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“The humility and sportsmanship of this Olympic Team inspired a nation at a time when we needed it most.

“Inspirations like 5-time gold medallist Emma McKeon, skateboarder Keegan Palmer and the spectacular work of Logan Martin in freestyle BMX connected us all. They demonstrated the power of sport in bring us all closer together.

“Our success in Tokyo was underpinned by the support of communities across Australia. The Gold Coast has produced some outstanding athletes over the years and Sunday will provide an excellent opportunity for Tokyo Team members to connect with youth in the area.

“As we look forward, this event may be the moment that inspires today’s eight-year-olds to become the Olympians of the 2032 Olympic Games.”

For information on the welcome home event, visit: mygc.com.au/gold-coast-events/tokyo-2020-gold-coast-athlete-welcome-home/