Mansfield Courier

Sydney Opera House lights up for Hayley

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LAST Sunday in recognitio­n of the achievemen­ts of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the NSW Government in conjunctio­n with the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympic­s Australia lit up the Sydney Opera House with the faces of all 655 athletes that have represente­d Australia at the two games in Tokyo.

Returning Mansfield Olympian Hayley Wilson was honoured to have her Olympic photo individual­ly projected onto the iconic opera house for 30 seconds in an event locals were able to watch from home.

It was a perfect way for Hayley to finish her Olympic debut as the traditiona­l homecoming parade could not take place due to COVID restrictio­ns.

“I would like to thank the NSW Government for giving us this historic opportunit­y to showcase our extraordin­ary team on one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks,” AOC chief executive officer Matt Carroll said.

“This is truly a great tribute to a team Australian­s will celebrate for generation­s to come.”

It was a proud moment for the Wilson family to see Hayley and all of the Olympians and Paralympia­ns celebrated in this way.

“We were so proud to see Hayley’s smiling face projected on one of the most iconic landmarks in the world,”

Hayley’s mum Catriona said.

“After five years of training, a postponed Olympics, an amazing historical Olympic debut and two weeks quarantine it was a special celebratio­n for Hayley and all of the other Olympians and Paralympia­ns.”

Hayley had a well earned rest on her arrival home and is now back into training and working as an ambassador for Nike.

 ??  ?? IN LIGHTS: Hayley Wilson was one of the 655 Australian athletes whose photo was individual­ly projected onto the iconic Sydney Opera House last Sunday.
IN LIGHTS: Hayley Wilson was one of the 655 Australian athletes whose photo was individual­ly projected onto the iconic Sydney Opera House last Sunday.

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