In support of the Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Team...
Olympic royalty and corporate Australia come together for Rio Team
Corporate Australia was out in force supporting the 2016 Australian Olympic Team at the Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner in Melbourne delivered by the Victorian Olympic Council and endorsed by the Victorian Government.
With 115 corporate tables sold, the event is the largest of its kind in Australia and raise over $2.7 million out of the national fundraising target of $7m.
The glitz and the glamour of the red carpet gave the athletes a chance to trade in their singlets, jerseys and runners for their best frocks and suits as they took the opportunity to thank those who have helped get them to Rio.
Those in attendance were treated to the company of some of the nation’s greatest ever athletes with Olympians from 1956-2016 accompanying each table at the event.
Among those in attendance was Australia’s most recent Olympic gold medallist Jared Tallent, who received his medal in a special ceremony on Friday June 17, as well as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other dignitaries.
In an extremely special moment Olympic champions Catherine Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Nat Cook and Ian Thorpe lit the Olympic Cauldron.
Along with Fraser, fellow Melbourne 1956 Olympians John Konrads, Ian Brown, Wendy Grant and Kevan Gosper were also in attendance, this year commemorating the 60th anniversary of the first Olympics to be held on Australian soil.
A host of world-class Australian performers entertained guests and made tribute to our Olympic Champions, they included: Ross Wilson, Russell Morris, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Dami Im, Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham.
It will cost $21m to send and $12m to prepare and send over 400 athletes and 300 officials to Rio.
The Australian Olympic Committee does not seek or receive federal government funding to prepare and send the Olympic Team. It is events like the Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner and the generous support of sponsors and corporate Australia which makes this possible.