Australia's Olympic Heroes are coming to Canberra

Released 15/08/2012

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today welcomed home the 2012 Australian Olympic Team releasing details about the plans for Canberra's welcome home celebrations, following the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) recent release of the national welcome home tour schedule.

"Like all Canberrans, I am extremely proud of our Olympians efforts in London, they represented themselves, their teams and their country with great distinction on the world's stage," the Chief Minister said.

"I am really pleased to announce that a free, public Canberra Welcome Home Celebration will be held in Civic Square, London Circuit, from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm on Tuesday 28 August. The celebration will include a range of entertainment and the chance to acknowledge our 2012 Olympic heroes.

"Our Olympians have had us on the edge of our seats over the last two weeks, and have left many Canberrans bleary eyed, myself included, with many of us rising in the early hours of the morning to watch our Olympic team at their best.

"We are especially proud of the many Canberrans who were part of the 2012 Olympic campaign, and I look forward to the Canberra community being able to recognise them through this celebration.

"The Olympics only come around every four years, so we are working closely with the AOC to ensure that Canberra, as the last stop of the national tour, caps off a fantastic Homecoming for our 2012 Olympians," the Chief Minister concluded.

While a welcome home event for the 2012 Australian Paralympics Team has been scheduled by the AOC in Sydney on 13 October, the ACT Government is already in discussions with the ACT Academy of Sport to plan a welcome home event in late September for our Canberra Paralympians.

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