AS AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 10 YEARS SINCE THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS TODAY, THE
HOBART ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES IS CALLING FOR
AUSTRALIANS TO LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE AND HELP GET THE GREATEST SHOW ON
THE PLANET BACK TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY.
For 2 weeks in September 2000 the world was captivated by the greatest Olympics ever produced, showing
Australia off to the world by hosting a unique Olympics that has not been surpassed. And with plans moving
forward every day to get the Hobart 2020 Olympic Bid further and further, HOCOG believes now is the perfect
time for organisations to really show their true support.
“There really was nothing quite like the Sydney Olympics in 2000 for Australia. It showed off our fantastic
culture and people to the world and really was a shining light in our countries history.” HOCOG President Ben
Waterworth says.
“And with our nation being in a reflective and celebratory mode this week, it is a perfect time for the relevant
people to see how great the games in Australia were and look forward to bringing them back to once again
showcase us to the planet. With the bid for the 2022 World Cup well under way and the 2018 Commonwealth
Games bid for the Gold Coast also taking shape, adding an Olympics in 2020 would make Australia the sports
capital of the world for 4 years”
With the bids Facebook group now enjoying the fourth most members out of any 2020 Olympic page on
Facebook with well over 10,000 members and it’s new range of Olympic pins selling through the room, it is clear
to see that the bid has a huge public support base from not only Hobart but all around Australia and the World.
“Our support really has grown and grown and it is incredible. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of public
support we have received from people who not only want Hobart to host the Olympics but also see more major
and international events in our great city. We offer such a unique and diverse environment to host these games and
definitely see this is putting Australia back out to the world in a way that we certainly all remember from Sydney
10 years ago” Waterworth said
With many people mentioning Sydney’s lack of capitalising on the games effect on the city as well as not truly
focussing on tourism after the games, Hobart stands in a fantastic position to learn from Sydney’s mistakes and
increase the overall visitor numbers to the city, as well as boosting the economy and improving on Sydney’s
record. Added to this the high mantle of the greatest Olympics in History, Hobart definitely feels it is up to the
challenge.
“We definitely understand the hurdles we need to overcome and realise it is no picnic to just get the Olympics
here overnight. The road is long and we will not be giving up, no matter what obstacles come before us. Sydney
2000 didn’t happen overnight and neither will Hobart 2020, and it’s with the support of our community that we
can really put pressure on the organisations to make this happen”
The Hobart 2020 Olympic bid hopes to announce some very exciting developments over the coming months. For
more information on the bid please visit
http://www.hobart2020.org

Members of the HOCOG Committee are: Ben Waterworth, President, Anthony Moran, Madeleine Ogilvie
Barrister and General Counsel, Jonathan Mathys Editor Tasmanian Life Magazine, Matt Stevenson, Councillor
GCC