QLD Olympians receive official London pins6 June 2013
Olympians and dignitaries gathered at Parliament House in Brisbane on Thursday to celebrate the contribution Queenslanders have made to Australian Olympic Teams over the years and complete the remarkable journey of the London Olympians.
Queensland Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman, Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates and Queensland Olympic Council President Natalie Cook presented each athlete their unique 2012 pin, that officially recognises them as Olympians of the London Games.
“The presentation of the IOC Pins represents the final chapter in an athlete’s journey to an Olympic Games,” Coates said.
“I would encourage you to wear these with pride and know the AOC and Australians are immensely proud of your athletic sacrifice and achievements.”
Over 20 athletes received their individually numbered pin with medallists receiving a second pin in the colour they won their medal.
“It is fitting on Queensland Day that we recognise the wonderful achievements of these athletes and sporting coaches,” Mr Newman said.
“Queensland is very proud of its sporting heritage and has a long history of producing athletes who have success on the Olympic stage.
“It is also an honour to present Life Membership and Order of Merit awards to a group of Queenslanders who have given so much to the Olympic movement.
“We look forward to Queenslanders taking centre stage again at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”
Olympic swimming gold medallist from 2012 Cate Campbell was on hand as was Michael Wenden, who was triumphant at the Mexico City Games in 1968.
Wenden AM MBE, who is a Life Member of the AOC, was also awarded Life Membership of the QOCl along with Ken Madsen and Trevor Beckingham.
Triple gold medallist from Athens 2004 Jodie Henry was awarded the QOC Order of Merit, along with legend coach and motivator Laurie Lawrence, 1972 swimming Olympian Sue Hooper and Lisa Bennetts was recognised for her tireless fundraising efforts.