After a delay of more than a year due to Covid 19, Tokyo 2020 finally kicked off on July 23rd
and for some it was too good to miss. Aleesha, a member of our PWD Scheduling team recently enjoyed two week’s leave to take in all that the games had to offer. With the Aussies equalling their best ever result at the summer games finishing with 17 gold… there is little doubt it proved to be a whirlwind two weeks!
For the avid sporting enthusiasts out there here is some Tokyo Trivia on the Aussies for you to enjoy:
- Team Australia had 486 Athletes competing, their biggest offshore team and second biggest team in history behind Sydney 2000.
- 308 debutants competed for Australia at these games. That's a staggering 63.4%! 59% left with a medal. What an effort!
- Team Australia had more female athletes than male for the first time in history with women equating for 53.7% of the team.
- 16 indigenous Australians wore the green and gold at these summer games. The highest number in Australian History.
- Australians came home with 46 medals in total – 17 gold, 7 silver and 22 bronze! 17 gold equalling our highest ever number of golds along with Athens 2004.
- 99 Athletes left Tokyo with at least one medal.
- 1st August 2021 was our most successful day in Olympic history with 4 gold medals won for the first time.
- Our youngest Athlete to win a medal at these games was Mollie O’Callaghan (17) who won 2 gold and a silver in the swimming as part of our relay teams while our oldest medal winning Athlete was Andrew Hoy (62) from Equestrian who won a silver and bronze at these games.
And finally...…Aleesha’s Highlight:
“Definitely Matt Wearn who won gold in the sailing in the Men’s Laser event. The West Aussie from East Fremantle delivered us our 4th
gold for that day making it Australia’s most successful day in Olympic history. It was a very special moment amongst so many of them and the anthem was so profound when it was played. The best news however is that we still have our inspiring Paralympians to go!”