Sydney Opera House lights up for Hayley
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.