26 September 2023

Olympic Parade to welcome athletes home

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A welcome-home parade is being planned for Queensland’s Olympians and Paralympians.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the parade, followed by a reception, was to be held through the Brisbane central business district on Friday 8 October.

Ms Palaszczuk said the celebrations would mark one of Australia’s most successful Olympics, with athletes bringing home a total of 13 gold, four silver and 11 bronze medals.

The Premier said she would join Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner to welcome home and congratulate as many athletes as possible.

“COVID delayed the Tokyo games but in many ways they came along at exactly the right time,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It has given us something to cheer about.”

Councillor Schrinner encouraged parents and grandparents from across Brisbane to bring children to the parade and watch Queensland’s athletes be awarded the Keys to the City.

“With the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games locked in, this is a chance for our kids to see our athletes up close and begin dreaming of emulating their incredible feats on home soil,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Whether it’s discussing the Olympics or other topics, the Premier and I will keep the spirit of cooperation going because it will help Brisbane, and all of Queensland, get even better.

Ms Palaszczuk said with the Olympics on the horizon, the Government would allocate around $30 million to support the next crop of elite athletes to hit their peak in the lead up to 2032.

“Queensland performed better than most countries,” she said.

“If Queensland was a nation, we would have ranked seventh on the medal tally – ahead of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

A full list of Queensland’s Olympic medalists can be accessed at this PS News link.

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