Triple Olympian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor today returned to the Sydney Opera House steps where she carried the Olympic flame in 2000. Ten years on, along with treasured memories, she still has the torch and uses it to inspire Little Athletics stars and school children across NSW.
On 24 September 1993 when Juan Antonio famously announced “the winner is Sydney”, Mavis Booth realised her dream of an impending home Olympics. On that day, Olympic legend Ian Thorpe was just 10-years-old. He may not have known that he would go on to win three gold and two silver medals in Sydney but for Booth, her destiny was as good as written.
Do you remember that night in September, When all of our dreams came true, When the horse reared on high against the night sky And the world was enthralled - where were you?
More than 1,200 students from 22 primary schools will descend on Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 15 September to celebrate the Sydney 2000 10th Anniversary.
When Kerri Pottharst, Natalie Cook and Lauren Burns were on a golf course ten years ago, Cook took a ten foot putt and claimed “If I get this in we will all win gold in Sydney 2000”.
The Australian swim team won 18 medals in Sydney 2000, providing a spark in the first week of competition that would inspire Team Australia to a record medal tally.
When Cathy Freeman reignites the Olympic flame next month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sydney's Games, there will be no repeat of the technical glitch that stalled the real thing.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Sydney Olympic Games there will be a Volunteers Reunion including a free BBQ and concert at Sydney Olympic Park on September 15.
Minister for Transport John Robertson today said Sydney 2000 Olympic volunteers attending a reunion next month to mark ten years since the opening ceremony will receive free public transport to and from the event.