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Tamsin asked to reignite Sydney’s Olympic Cauldron for 20 year anniversary 

Tamsin Colley was asked by Cathy Freeman to light the Sydney Olympic Cauldron to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. On this day, 20 years ago, Cathy lit the same cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

Cathy was not able to attend due to level 4 restrictions in Melbourne, however, Tamsin was joined by Paralympic and Olympic legends Louise Sauvage and Ian Thorpe as well as another upcoming athlete, Indigenous basketballer Tenayah Logan.

Cathy, on the girls lighting the cauldron, says “I want to acknowledge the two young Australian athletes, our athletes of the future who are going to be relighting the cauldron, and I think that is wonderful. It's very lovely. I am very proud of the fact that when I lit the cauldron all those years ago it was a symbol of hope for all young Australians. It is at times like this that I simply reflect and I wonder at the power of sport and the difference that sport can make in our lives.”

Tamsin was the youngest athlete on the Australian team at the Rio Paralympics 2016. Tamsin was 13 heading into the athlete village and turned 14 days before the competition, making her just eligible to compete until the age restrictions of Paralympic International competition. Tamsin was 13 and 362 days on the day of the Opening Ceremony.

Congratulations to Tamsin. What an incredible movement to be a part of.

To watch Tamsin and Tenayah ignite the cauldron, click on the video link below.


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