Sydney 2000

In September, 2000, the residents of the Harbour City and the people of Australia set the benchmark of how future Olympics would be measured by staging what IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch ultimately described as “the best Olympic Games ever.” 

The Opening Ceremony on September 15 began with a lone horseman galloping his mount to the centre of the Olympic Stadium in front of 110,000 spectators. The entire production was a celebration of the Australian continent. During the Parade of Nations, North and South Korea marched together under the same flag, and four athletes from East Timor received a tremendous cheer as they paraded behind the IOC flag. The last team to appear in the stadium was Australia, with five-time Olympian and basketball captain Andrew Gaze proudly waving the flag at the front of Australia’s largest-ever team of 632 athletes.

Sydney 2000 marked a century of women’s participation in the Olympics. To recognise this, some of Australia’s finest female athletes carried the torch inside the stadium. Betty Cuthbert, the Golden Girl of the Melbourne Olympics, was pushed in a wheelchair by Raelene Boyle (Cuthbert’s movement was impaired by multiple sclerosis). Next, legends Dawn Fraser, Shirley Strickland, Shane Gould and Debbie Flintoff-King all ran with the torch. Flintoff-King, the last Australian track gold medallist, then passed the torch to Cathy Freeman.

Freeman, who had been a secret selection to light the Olympic flame, then ran up four flights of stairs, crossed a shallow pond and lit a ring of fire around her. After a nervous delay, the cauldron then rose above her head and made the slow journey up a waterfall to the top of the Olympic Stadium. Ten days later in the same stadium Freeman withstood immense public pressure to win the 400m final in the most anticipated race of the Games. It remains for many one of the greatest sporting highlights in our nation’s history. Fittingly, it was also Australia’s 100th Olympic gold medal since the first modern Games in 1896. 

The Australian public supported every sport and every nation at the Games, turning the Olympics into one giant festive, all-inclusive party of goodwill and great competition. The most memorable images include the debut of triathlon at the Games on a course that included a swim in Sydney Harbour and finished in front of the Sydney Opera House, marathon runners crossing the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, gold medallists Kerri-Ann Pottharst and Natalie Cook providing the perfect climax to a 10-day beach volleyball party on Bondi Beach, and the swimming venue coming alive to the tune of wild applause as Australian swimmers, led by Ian Thorpe, excelled.

There were many outstanding performances in Sydney. Great Britain’s Steve Redgrave became the first rower to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympics. Dutch cyclist Leontien Zijlaard overcame an eating disorder to win three gold, making it one of the most uplifting stories of the Games. Dutch swimmers Pieter van den Hoogenband and Inge de Bruijn each won multiple gold medals.

The brilliant Cuban women’s volleyball team won a record third consecutive gold medal. Another Cuban hero, heavyweight boxer Felix Savon, won his third gold medal, equalling the gold medal record in his sport. China swept all four table tennis events, a feat it also achieved in 1996. Athletics champs included 400m idol Michael Johnson of the US, British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, Czech javelin ace Jan Zelezny, and American female pole vaulter Stacy Dragila.

One of the surprises of the Games occurred when Russian wrestling giant Alexander Karelin endured his first Olympic defeat after three gold medals when he lost to American farm boy Rulon Gardner in the final of the super-heavyweight Greco-Roman event. Another was the win of Switzerland’s Brigitte McMahon in the women’s triathlon on the first morning of Olympic competition, racing past Australian idol Michellie Jones in the shadow of the Opera House to become the sport’s first Olympic champion.

More than 10,000 athletes from 199 nations took part in the Sydney Games. Triathlon and taekwondo were new sports, while other new events included trampolining in gymnastics and a women’s event in modern pentathlon. The United States led the medal table with 40 gold.

Australian Olympians At The Games

Flag Bearers

Olympian Name Ceremony
Andrew Gaze Opening
Ian Thorpe Closing

Australian Medallists At The Games

Olympian Name Sport Medals
Brett Aitken Cycling - Track
1
Katie Allen Hockey
1
Kate Allen (Slatter) Rowing
1
Al Annan (Caldas) Hockey
1
Jenny Armstrong Sailing
1
Darren Balmforth Rowing
1
Michael Blackburn Sailing
1
Katrin Borchert Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Carla Boyd Basketball
1
Michael Brennan Hockey
1
Michelle Brogan Basketball
1
Sandy Brondello Basketball
1
Joanne Brown (Alchin) Softball
1
Dyana Brown (Calub) Swimming
1
Darren Bundock Sailing
1
Simon Burgess Rowing
1
Annie Burgess (la Fleur) Basketball
1
Daniel Burke Rowing
1
Lauren Burns Taekwondo
1
Selina Follas Softball
1
Ashley Callus Swimming
1
Lisa Carruthers (Powell) Hockey
1
Joanne Fox Water Polo
1
Daniel Collins Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Adam Commens Hockey
1
Nat Cook Beach Volleyball
1
Fiona Crawford (Hanes) Softball
1
Stephen Davies Hockey
1
Michael Diamond Shooting
1
Kerry Dienelt Softball
1
Damon Diletti Hockey
1
Ben Dodwell Rowing
1
Lachie Dreher Hockey
1
Jason Duff Hockey
1
Phillip Dutton Equestrian - Eventing
1
Rachel Imison Hockey
1
Sean Eadie Cycling - Track
1
Peta Edebone Softball
1
Anthony Edwards Rowing
1
Troy Elder Hockey
1
Jimmy Elmer Hockey
1
Sue Fairhurst Softball
1
Simon Fairweather Archery
1
Trish Fallon Basketball
1
Jaime Fernandez Rowing
1
Michelle Ferris Cycling - Track
1
John Forbes Sailing
1
Annemarie Forder Shooting
1
Simone Hankin Water Polo
1
Cathy Freeman Athletics
1
Fydler Chris Swimming
1
Renita Garard (Farrell) Hockey
1
Paul Gaudoin Hockey
1
Alastair Gordon Rowing
1
Tatiana Grigorieva Athletics
1
Grant Hackett Swimming
2
Boden Hanson Rowing
1
Kelly Hardie Softball
1
Tanya Harding Softball
1
Regan Harrison Swimming
1
Juliet Haslam Hockey
1
Rechelle Hawkes Hockey
1
Brett Hayman Rowing
1
Yvette Higgins Water Polo
1
Joanne Hill Basketball
1
Darryn Hill Cycling - Track
1
Stephen Holt Hockey
1
Kate Hooper Water Polo
1
Andrew Hoy Equestrian - Eventing
1
1
Nikki Hudson (Mott) Hockey
1
Geoff Huegill Swimming
1
1
Bridgette Ireland (Gusterson) Water Polo
1
Lauren Jackson Basketball
1
Robert Jahrling Rowing
1
Michellie Jones Triathlon
1
Leisel Jones Swimming
2
Shane Kelly Cycling - Track
1
Tom King Sailing
1
William Kirby Swimming
1
Michael Klim Swimming
2
2
Daniel Kowalski Swimming
1
Angie Lambert (Skirving) Hockey
1
Sandra Lewis (Allen) Softball
1
Brent Livermore Hockey
1
Matthew Long Rowing
1
Clover Maitland Hockey
1
Rebecca Manuel (Gilmore) Diving
1
Russell Mark Shooting
1
Naomi McCarthy (Castle) Water Polo
1
Sally McCreedy (McDermid) Softball
1
Bradley McGee Cycling - Track
1
Scott McGrory Cycling - Track
1
Mike McKay Rowing
1
Gail Miller Water Polo
1
Melissa Mills Water Polo
1
Ryan Mitchell Swimming
1
Claire Mitchell-Taverner Hockey
1
Jenny Morris Hockey
1
Simmone Morrow Softball
1
Gary Neiwand Cycling - Track
1
1
Robert Newbery Diving
1
Justin Norris Swimming
1
Susie O'Neill Swimming
1
3
Todd Pearson Swimming
2
Alison Peek Hockey
1
Maria Pekli Judo
1
Kieren Perkins Swimming
1
Adam Pine Swimming
1
1
Nicholas Porzig Rowing
1
Kerri Pottharst Beach Volleyball
1
Katrina Powell Hockey
1
Dean Pullar Diving
1
Robert Richards Rowing
1
Melanie Roche Softball
1
Giaan Rooney Swimming
2
Sarah Ryan Swimming
1
Matt Ryan Equestrian - Eventing
1
Christian Ryan Rowing
1
Shelley Sandie (Gorman) Basketball
1
Liz Weekes Water Polo
1
Bronwyn Smith (Mayer) Water Polo
1
Rachael Sporn Basketball
1
Daniel Sproule Hockey
1
Jay Stacy Hockey
1
Kathryn Starre Hockey
1
James Stewart Rowing
1
Geoff Stewart Rowing
1
Belinda Stowell Sailing
1
Jai Taurima Athletics
1
Rachael Taylor Rowing
1
Petria Thomas Swimming
2
1
Kirsten Thomson Swimming
1
Ian Thorpe Swimming
3
2
Michele Timms Basketball
1
Stuart Tinney Equestrian - Eventing
1
Natalie Titcume Softball
1
James Tomkins Rowing
1
Julie Towers Hockey
1
Daniel Trenton Taekwondo
1
Andrew Trim Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Mark Turnbull Sailing
1
Jacinta Van Lint Swimming
1
Craig Victory Hockey
1
Ji Wallace Gymnastics - Trampoline
1
Natalie Ward Softball
1
Josh Watson Swimming
1
Debbie Watson Water Polo
1
Stuart Welch Rowing
1
Matt Wells Hockey
1
Matt Welsh Swimming
2
1
Elka Whalan (Graham) Swimming
1
Tarnee White Swimming
1
Jenny Whittle Basketball
1
Loudy Wiggins (Tourky) Diving
1
Brooke Wilkins Softball
1
Kristi Harrower Basketball
1
Todd Woodbridge Tennis
1
Mark Woodforde Tennis
1
Dani Woodhouse (Gusterson) Water Polo
1
Taryn Woods Water Polo
1
Michael York Hockey
1

Australian Officials At The Games

Chefs

Official Name Position
John Coates Chef De Mission
John Devitt Assistant Chef De Mission
Peter Montgomery Assistant Chef De Mission
Michael Wenden Assistant Chef De Mission

Team Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Dawn Fraser Attache
Craig McLatchey Administration Director
Mark Lockie Assistant Administration Director
Geoffrey Cohen Administration Staff
Wendy Langton Administration Coordinator
Anne Wilson Administration Coordinator
Pamela Harris Administration Staff
Cheryl Ritchie Administration Staff
Damien Williams Finance Officer
Robert Thornton Operations Director
Craig Phillips Assistant Operations Director
Peter Brockington Operations Coordinator
Kaye Hurn Operations Coordinator
David Bonko Security Officer
Maree McArthur Security Officer
Herbert Elliott Athlete Services Director
Jodie Smith Athlete Services Coordinator
Rosemary Towner Athlete Services Coordinator
Felicity Gadd Athlete Services Support
Christopher Greenway Athlete Services Support
Megan Sissian Athlete Services Support
John Bertrand Athlete Liaison Officer
Peter Brock Athlete Liaison Officer
Laurie Lawrence Athlete Liaison Officer
Robyn Maher Athlete Liaison Officer
Megan Marcks Athlete Liaison Officer
Alexander Hamill Media/PR Director
Michael Tancred Assistant Media/PR Director
Ian Heads MPC Manager
Max Markson Assistant Media/PR Director
Colleen Richards Media Services
Rozanna Bozabalian Media Liaison Officer
Greg Campbell Media Liaison Officer
Alan Clarkson Media Liaison Officer
Kevin Diggerson Media Liaison Officer
John Gatfield Media Liaison Officer
Graeme Hannan Media Liaison Officer
Ian Hanson Media Liaison Officer
Stephen Lock Media Liaison Officer
Megan Mckay Media Liaison Officer
Janene Mar Media Liaison Officer
Tracie Edmondson Media Liaison Officer
Michael Stevens Media Liaison Officer
Michael Wilson Media Liaison Officer
Marlene Mathews Protocol/VIP Services Director
Ronald Gray Protocol/VIP Services Coordinator
David Morrison Protocol/VIP Services Coordinator
Brian Sando Medical Director
Peter Fricker Assistant Medical Director
Graham Winter Head of Psychological Services
Ross Smith Head of Physiotherapy Services
Robert Granter Head of Massage Services
Louise Burke Nutritionist
Denise Lickfold Clinic Administrator
Jill Young Clinic Administrator
Grace Bryant Doctor
Mark Porter Doctor
Bernd Adolph Massage Therapist
Howard Arbuthnot Massage Therapist
Kristina Canavan Massage Therapist
Bradley Hiskins Massage Therapist
Patricia Jenkins Massage Therapist
Maxwell Metzker Massage Therapist
Christine O'Connor Massage Therapist
Elizabeth Austin Physiotherapist
Peter Eckhardt Physiotherapist
Stephen Evans Physiotherapist
Peter Stanton Physiotherapist
Denny Shearwood Physiotherapist
Patricia Wisbey-Roth Physiotherapist
Gayelene Clews Psychologist
John Crampton Psychologist
Vicki De Prazer Psychologist

Sport Specific Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Stuart Atkins
Kisik Lee Head Coach
Peter Brukner
Carol Grant Assistant Section Manager
Geoffrey Rowe Section Manager
Lawrence Woodman
Christopher Wardlaw
Jacqueline Byrnes
Keith Connor Coach
Andrew Dawes Coach
Peter Fortune
Craig Hilliard Coach
Michael Khmel Coach
John Quinn
Efim Shuravetsky
Rudolf Sopko Coach
Ronald Weigel
Dean Gathercole
Chris Bradshaw
Anthony Bond Soft Tissue Therapist
Malcolm Calcutt
Kyriacos Miritis
Bruno Rizzo Massage Therapist
Kay Crossley
Dean Kenneally
Brent Kirkbride Physiotherapist
Anne Lord
Jeffrey Simons
Peter Roberts
Yun Luo
William O'Sullivan
Jon Deeble Head Coach
Philip Dale Coach
Tony Harris
Gregory Jelks
Kylie Thomson
Craig Allingham
Phil Jauncey Psychologist
John Trivellion Scott
Marian Stewart-Hudson Section Manager
Barry Barnes
Thomas Maher
Alan Black
Brett Brown
Jennifer Cheesman
Carrie Graf
Peter Harcourt Deputy Medical Director
Carolyn Broderick
Craig Purdam
Jillianne Cook
Benjamin Jones
Stephen Tutton Head Coach
Russell Borgeaud Coach
Alexis Lebedew
Craig Marshall Coach/Manager
Indra Reinpuu
Peter Rogers
Bodo Andreass Head Coach
Denis Hill
Richard Fox Section Manager
Noel Harrod
Barry Kelly
Michael Druce Coach
Terrence Hutchings Coach
Lynda Lehmann
Carsten Loemker
Ronald Robinson
John Sumegi
Samantha Couzin Wood
Ivan Hooper Physiotherapist
Natalie McColl
Michael Flynn Section Manager
Charlie Walsh
Shayne Bannan Head Coach
Damian Grundy Coach
James Victor Coach
Gary West
James Bullen Mechanic
Darrell McCulloch
James Nitis Mechanic
Paul Brosnan
Peter Barnes Doctor
James Green
Malcolm Morris
Emma Colson
Susan Everett Physiotherapist
Victor Popov
Helen Smith
Vladimir Sher Coach/Manager
Alwyn Wardle Coach
Peter Kelly
Lesley Mann
Raul Blanco
Chris Tanzey
Adrian Santrac Head Coach
Leslie Scheinflug
Ian Murray
Nelson Delasio
Karly Pumpa
Trevor Law
Kieran Fallon
Mathew Baker
Peter Georgilopoulos
Edward Hollis
Rachel Harrigan
Kenneth Williamson
Peggy Liddick
Warwick Forbes
Mark Carlton
Katie Mitchell
Joanne Richards
Nikolay Zhuravlev Coach
Leanne Rath
Tom York
Patricia Bell-Bartels
Zoltan Marczinka
Christoph Mecker
Janos Olah
Ozgen Oztorun
Ilan Kogus
Lutz Bartels
Krzysztof Frankowski
Andrew Harper
David Coldrey
Wendy Pritchard
Terry Walsh
Richard Charlesworth
James Irvine
Robert Haigh
Francis Murray Head Coach
Peter Baquie Medical Director
Andrew Potter Doctor
Noel McRoberts
Graham Reid
Dean Whittington
Patrick Farrell
Corinne Reid
Colin Hill
Peter Herrmann Head Coach
Steven Hill
Gabor Szabo
Timothy Mahon
Michael Eastaughffe
Paul Sloan
Reinhold Batschi Coach
Uwe Bender
Robert Bleakley Coach
Noel Donaldson Head Coach
Nicholas Garratt Coach
Harald Jahrling Head Coach
Peter Le Compte Coach
Lyall McCarthy Coach
Timothy McLaren Coach
Ellen Randell
Brian Richardson Coach
Paul Thompson
William Webb
Luke Attwell
Allan Bourke
Fiona Gutschlag
Jeffrey Bond
John Harrison
Ian Brown
Michael Fletcher Coach
Victor Kovalenko Head Coach
Dayne Sharp Coach
Erik Stibbe Coach
Brendan Todd Coach
Graeme Owens
Catriona Owens
Patricia Leahy
Yvonne Hill
William Murray
Anatoli Aktov
Gregory Chan Coach
John Gillman
Luca Scribani Rossi
Miroslav Sipek Coach
Sergei Evglevski
Darien Roach Massage Therapist
Faye Bourne
Barry Blanchard
Simon Roskvist Head Coach
Lachlan Penfold
Graeme Rose Section Manager
Wendy Braybon Physiotherapist
Alan Thompson Head Coach
Donald Talbot
John Carew
Denis Cotterell Coach
Douglas Frost
Ian Pope Coach
Mark Regan
Gregory Salter Coach
Brian Sutton
Guennadi Touretski
Scott Volkers
Kenneth Wood Coach
Lynn Fowlie Assistant Section Manager
Graeme Maw
David Pyne Sport Scientist
Robert Treffene
Bruce Steed Assistant Section Manager
Janet Talbot
George Dragasevich
Nicola Massaro
Anthony Scown
Jo-Anne Hare Massage Therapist
Peter Blanch Physiotherapist
Roger Fitzgerald
Clark Perry Psychologist
Laurel Glancy
Deborah Muir
Candice Ashman
Aleksander Jakubczak
Robert Tuckett
Peng Huy Quach
John Kotsifas
Ross Hartnett
Martin Hall
Jin Tae Jeong Head Coach
Fenton Coull Section Manager
Lesley Bowrey
Anthony Roche
Andrea Bisaz
Kathryn Martin
Emery Holmik
Keiran Barry
Peter Coulson
Bill Davoren Head Coach
Col Stewart
Peter Stanton
Christopher Harrison Section Manager
Jeanette Gunn Section Manager
Donald Cameron
Istvan Gorgenyi Head Coach
Sharyn Gist
Jacqueline Northam
Gary Roberts
Denes Pocsik
Warren McDonald
Christopher Horsley
Andrea Mosler Physiotherapist
Robert Kabbas
Luke Borreggine Coach/Manager
Martin Leach
Jack Walls
James Sinclair
Samuel Parker Section Manager
Arnold Sher

Games Trivia

Emblem

The official logo featured the stylised image of a runner in motion and was designed by leading Melbourne graphic design firm, FHA Image Design.

The bid logo featured a stylised image of the Sydney Opera House and was designed by Michael Bryce whose wife Quentin would become Governor of Queensland in 2003 and Governor-General of Australia in 2008.

Motto

The motto of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was Share the Spirit

Mascots

There were three official mascots of the Sydney Games"

Syd the Platypus — 'Syd' was named for 'Sydney', the host city for the Games
Millie the Echidna — 'Millie' was named for 'Millennium'
Olly the Kookaburra — 'Olly' was named for 'Olympics'

Coins into Medals

Australian 1 and 2 cent coins which were taken out of circulation in 1991 were melted down and made into the bronze medals given out at the Games.

Coins