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Olympians receive Australia Day honours

26 January 2014

Hurdler Sally Pearson called it her destiny.

Swimmer Cate Campbell thought it was cool because she'd get her noggin on a stamp - and a business class flight.

And sailor Tom Slingsby would have quit if he didn't get it.

The Australian trio all had different spins on their gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

But their victories have helped them all feature in the Australia Day Honours list.

Pearson, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), triumphed in the 100 metres hurdles in London after carrying gold medal expectations with aplomb.

"I never let anything stop me from doing what I want to do," she said.

Swimmer Campbell combined with Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger to give Australia gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay in London.

Campbell, Coutts, Elmslie and fellow swim star Yolanke Kukla have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their various feats in the pool.

Campbell said at the time her first thoughts were of different honours, knowing all Aussie gold medallists at the Games would feature on a stamp and get a business class flight home.

"It was one of the first thoughts that ran through my head after we touched the wall - I'm going to be on a stamp and I get to fly back business class," she said.

Schlanger was granted an OAM five years ago following her performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Slingsby entered the London Games with similar pressure to Pearson - outright favouritism to win sailing's Laser class gold medal.

"If I came away from here without anything I would have stopped the Olympics for sure," he said after his victory.

Slingsby has been awarded the medal in the general division (OAM), along with fellow sailors Nathan Outteridge, Mathew Belcher and Iain Jensen.

AAP

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