It’s time to raid the family photo albums, shoeboxes and storage spaces for that special memory of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia (PA) launch the #MySydney2000 social media campaign to capture the spirit of both events.
Australians who lived through the Games – and millions around the world – all have a personal memory and connection with the Games of 2000 in Sydney.
Personal photos and videos of events attended, the torch relay, meeting Olympians, behind the scenes encounters and community events – all these moments combine into #MySydney2000 as we celebrate 20 years since the greatest Games ever, with the Olympic Games running 15 September – 1 October and the Paralympic Games running from 18 – 29 October.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll says #MySydney2000 is an invitation to all Australians and people around the world to celebrate the magic of the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games and to celebrate sport.
“We want people to reconnect with those Games again. Everyone has that special moment.
“By sharing our memories via social media with the #MySydney2000 tag, we have a great opportunity to remind ourselves of that Games’ spirit and reconnect with the wonderful feeling we all felt during those times.
“Australia fielded its biggest Team of any Games in Sydney (632 athletes) and recorded its highest tally with 58 medals won. More importantly, the Sydney Games put sport itself in the spotlight and the spirit of sport was embraced by millions in Australia and billions around the world,” Mr Carroll said.
PA CEO Lynne Anderson says the Sydney Games were an absolute game-changer for Paralympic sport in Australia and globally.
“My enduring memory for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games is a sense of pride.
“The crowds were greater than expected and more Australians than ever before were able to experience Para sports. Yet again our athletes excelled on the world stage to top the medal table,” Ms Anderson concluded.
Further information on the #MySydney2000 campaign can be found here.