HOMEBUSH..HOME OF THE 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES
"HOMEBUSH..SYDNEY..aussie aussie..aussie...oy oy oy"
Sydney was just ecstatic when they won the bid for the 2000 Olympics..it only seems like yesterday ...but now has long been and gone...fortuneately there is all the wonderful infrastructure still in place and is enjoyed by many today ..and one of the major arenas... a place where I watched the Gymnastics ...is now Acer Arena a great venue to see some of the greatest entertainers in the world in concert..I watched an Army Tattoo there which included H.M. Grenadier Guards...among many others...I see Stevie Wonder is here next week..and other live shows..
..The Main Stadium..now called ANZ Stadium ..because of its capacity it is home to most all International Sporting Events hosted in Sydney..it was here that I watched The Australian Wallabies play against the South African Spring Boks in the largest ever Rugby capacity crowd of over 113,000..what an atmosphere to be in..
Just outside the Main Stadium are many poles known as the "Volunteers Poles"and these( mostly) contain the names of all the thousands of volunteers that made our Australian Olympic Games so succesful..other poles are poles of recognition by various peoples and groups..
Two minutes walk away from the Main Stadium is the Olympic Aquatic Centre.Upon entering the Swim Complex you will see on the walls many bronze plaques with the names of a myriad of Australian record breaking swimmers...I swim here quite often as the pools and ammenities are first class..it is a short drive from where I live and there is never a parking problem..(see my tip)
Photo shows us waiting for the marathon to finish outside main stadium (we got permission to be on the other side of the fence)...see blue line..that is still there today ..and goes right back to where the start was in the city...
"THE OLMYPIC CAULDRON WAS LIT..ON 15TH OF SEPT.2000"
The Olympic torch relay for the Australian Olympic games began with the lighting of the torch in Olympia,Greece on May the 10th 2000 at the site of the ancient Olympic Games it was the longest torch relay in History..it visited 12 Oceanic countries before arriving in Australia at ULURU on the 8th of June 2000..the Olympic flame travelled within one hours drive of 85% of Australias total population..it was caried by 11000 torch bearers including Olympians,community representatives and a wide cross section of the population..from all walks of life ..it was carried on horseback,on the beach,to the roof of the Opera House,and for the first time under water..its 27000 kilometer 100 day journey around Australia ended at the Olympic Stadium on the on the 15th September for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The CAULDRON that held the Olympic flame now stands outside the main stadium and is a lovely fountain in what is called "Overflow Park"..The names of 1,972 Olympic medallists and 2,267 Paralympic medallists are recorded in Gold ,Silver and Bronze nameplates,at the base of the Cauldron..a shallow dome also commemorates the 1st Olympic Games of the modern era to be held in Athens Greece in 1896..
"THE VOLUNTEERS POLES OUTSIDE THE MAIN STADIUM"
The recognition to the wonderful work that the Olympic Volunteers achieved is seen outside the Main Stadium in the form of the many "Volunteers Poles" ..that have the name inscribed of every volunteer..also there is recognition to the games and various peoples and groups..Theyr'e really well done and very colourful...and interesting to read..