Hobart welcomes home Olympic athletes

TASMANIA’S Olympic athletes were welcomed home to a chorus of cheers and festivities at a free community event in Hobart on Saturday 3 September.

Among those honoured were gold medallists Catherine Skinner, Chloe Esposito, Kim Brennan and Cate and Bronte Campbell, who joined in the local festivities alongside seven Tasmanian athletes and four officials.

Representing the Premier, who was on a trade mission to South Asia, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said taking to the sporting field in the Australian colours was an “incredible achievement.”

“Going to the Olympics is something so many people only dream of,” she said.

“Thank you to the athletes for giving their best and inspiring others to not only get involved in sport, but to aspire for excellence in life generally.”

Ms Archer also congratulated the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) for its crucial role in giving Tasmanian athletes the best possible chance of realising their Olympic dreams.

“In addition to ongoing support provided to TIS scholarship holders, the Tasmanian Government is also pleased to have provided funding to help with travel costs, as well as supporting the local clubs of which our Olympians are members,” she said.

Swimming gold medallist Cate Campbell said events like Hobart’s ‘Welcome Home Reception’ were a great way to thank people for their support.

“It was a roller-coaster Olympics, we rode the highs and lows and I think the great thing is that we rode together,” she said.

The Taiko Drummers also marked the event with a special performance in recognition of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with members of Australia’s 2016 Olympic squad.

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