Our Olympians to get send-off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

FOR Olympic ath­letes like Kim Mickle, Satur­day night’s 2016 Pre­mier’s Olympic Din­ner will be cause for a rare change to their Rio count­down rou­tine.

“I’m al­ways in bed at 8.30pm on a Satur­day night but I love wak­ing up in the morn­ing and go­ing to train­ing,” Mickle told Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group. “The life of Kim is eat, sleep, train.

“For­tu­nately Sun­day is my rest day so I can sleep in.”

The start of the Games in Rio de Janeiro is in less than a month and Satur­day’s event at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre is the of­fi­cial farewell for WA ath­letes and of­fi­cials.

WA Olympic Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lisa Lil­ley­man said nearly 100 Olympians, in­clud­ing more than 60 bound for Brazil, would join a big crowd of 950 at­ten­dees at the func­tion.

Mickle will be among them, even though she re­mains no cer­tainty to make it to Rio as she bat­tles the clock to be fit af­ter shoul­der re­con­struc­tion.

She is in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent how­ever, hav­ing been given un­til a day be­fore flying out to prove her fit­ness.

“The fact they’ve pushed back that time­frame for me makes the world of dif­fer­ence,” Mickle said.

“It's look­ing bet­ter and bet­ter, and ev­ery day that I can get is a bonus.”

Chan­nel 7’s Basil Zem­pi­las and Joanna Griggs will com­pere Satur­day’s event that will fea­ture in­ter­views with some of our most promis­ing medal chances, and both Brazil­ian dance and Aus­tralian pridein­spired en­ter­tain­ment. Aus­tralia’s chef de mis­sion Kitty Chiller will also speak be­fore in­tro­duc­ing each WA mem­ber of the Rio-bound team on stage.

Guests have paid be­tween $250 and $1000 to at­tend the din­ner, which is the last big hur­rah to raise $800,000 to help get WA’s ath­letes to Rio.

“We’ve had fan­tas­tic sup­port from the WA cor­po­rate com­mu­nity for the ben­e­fit of the 2016 WA Olympians,” Ms Lil­ley­man said.

She hoped there would be plenty of in­ter­est on the night in 120 silent and live auc­tion items and said peo­ple not at­tend­ing could still make a do­na­tion to help our Olympians.

Fer­gus Ka­vanagh Tam­sin Cook Kim Mickle

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