Monday, August 20, 2012
Sydney, New South Wales —
Earlier today, in the city's central business district, the Australian Olympic Team were welcomed home in the first of a series of parades to be held in each Australian state capital.
Crowds lined-up along George Street Image: Bidgee.
Start of the welcome home parade for the Australian Olympic Team Image: LauraHale.
Australian Olympians on the steps of Town Hall Image: LauraHale.
Lauren Jackson receiving the key of the City of Sydney Image: Bidgee.
Jessica Fox receiving the plaque Image: Bidgee.
Barry O'Farrell, Clover Moore and John Coates on the steps of Town Hall Image: LauraHale.
Flags were on display throughout the parade and ceremony Image: LauraHale.
Female dancers on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games float representing Rio, the next city to host the games Image: LauraHale.
Autographed Welcome Home flag unveiled Image: Bidgee.
Autographed Australian Olympic Team flag unveiled Image: Bidgee.
Video of the crowd after the parade Image: LauraHale.
The homecoming parade speeches. Audio recording by: Laura Hale.
Thousands of Australians lined George Street, the city's original high street, and in front of Town Hall. At the ceremony welcoming the atheletes home, Lauren Jackson received the key to the city, silver medallist Jessica Fox received a plaque from the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O'Farrell, and Libby Trickett reaffirmed her passion and desire to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Australia's London Olympians signed and displayed an Olympic flag to be given to the Australian Paralympians for the upcoming 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.