17 years since the Olympic Games and we’re still growing

It has been 17 years since thousands of athletes made their way to what would be known as the “best games ever”.

Today, Sydney Olympic Park continues to develop and deliver benefits to the community with the greatest Olympic success story of all time, as no other Olympic venue has thrived as much as the Park.

Residents, workers, students and visitors are enjoying sporting facilities, entertainment, exhibitions and events as well as open green space, playgrounds and cycleways every day.

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Drone image of Sydney Olympic Park. Image courtesy of Ethan Rohloff

The Olympic legacy still lives on in the athletes who train and compete here every day, with one of our own success stories, three time Olympic Games and three time Commonwealth Games diver Melissa Wu, crediting the Park as the place it all began for her.

“Sydney Olympic Park is special to me because it’s where I saw diving for the first time. I was instantly drawn to the sport and whenever I was at the pool as a child, I always looked forward to watching the divers train. Seeing them train and watching the Sydney Olympics on TV inspired me to take up the sport of diving and Sydney Olympic Park is where it all began for me.”

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Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Image courtesy of Alchetron

Friday 15 September marks the 17th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and to commemorate this great date we will be lighting the Olympic Cauldron.

Celebrate with us on Friday and head to Cathy Freeman Park from 4pm to 8pm to see the Olympic Cauldron in all its glory with some of the Park’s most successful athletes including diving and swimming champions, players from the Sydney Kings NBL team and players from the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball.

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Olympic Cauldron. Image courtesy of Paul k Robbins

You can also win an amazing prize pack including a night stay at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park by following these simple steps:

  1. Follow Sydney Olympic Park on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Share your favourite celebration picture with #LoveSydneyOlympicPark on Instagram or in the Facebook post thread. Double your chance to win by sharing your pic on both networks!
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Australian swimmer Kurt Herzog helps us celebrate 17 years in the Park.

We’ll see you at Cathy Freeman Park for all the anniversary fun!

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Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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