Australian Games - Performances

Introduction

Australia had participated in every Summer Olympic Games in the modern era. It hosted its first Olympics in Melbourne in 1956 for 72 nations, represented by 3,314 athletes. Forty four years later in 2000, 199 nations and four individual athletes under the IOC flag, represented by 10 651 athletes came to Sydney. The quality of the performances at both Games continued the Olympic tradition of sporting excellence with fair play and good-will.

Performances in 1956

Australian athletes had the opportunity to perform against the rest of the world in their own country for the first time and watch them on television. Many performances created a new group of national sporting heroes. Discover some of the performance highlights. 

Performances in 2000

At almost the end of another century the Olympic world returned to Sydney, Australia with ultra-professional athletes and high expectations.  Discover some of the performance highlights.

Team results 1956 summary

Explore and analyse the team results.

Team results 2000 summary

Explore and analyse the team results and investigate why Australia has performed so well in the 1956 and 2000 Olympic Games.

1956 Melbourne Olympics

http://corporate.olympics.com.au/Games/melbourne-1956

http://www.olympic.org/melbourne-stockholm-1956-summer-olympics

2000 Sydney Olympics

http://corporate.olympics.com.au/Games/sydney-2000

http://www.olympic.org/sydney-2000-summer-olympics

Focus

Learners have the opportunity to:

  • Identify and assess some of the Australian performance highlights of the individual and team results at the 1956 Games, such as Cuthbert, Rose, Thiele and the relays.
  • Identify and assess some of the Australian performance highlights of the individual and team results at the 2000 Games, such as Thorpe, Freeman and a host of others.
  • Explore other athlete performances.
  • Analyse the team performance data.
  • Investigate and explain why Australia has performed so well in the 1956 and 2000 Olympic Games.