On the eve of what would have been the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, Olympians and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls came together to take part in a virtual Olympic-themed quiz night.
Organised by three-time Olympian Cate Campbell (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016) and hosted by Channel 7 presenter and Sydney 2000 sprinter Matt Shirvington, dozens of athletes joined the call for a night of Olympic-inspired fun.
Double gold medallist, Campbell, pulled Olympians together, keeping the Olympic Spirit alive following a time of much uncertainty for athletes.
“It was lovely to be able to recognise the date of what would have been the Opening Ceremony.” Cate said.
“We had retired athletes, current athletes and future Olympians. There was some competitive chat thrown around, and everyone seemed to have a great time. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect the future of Olympic sport, with the past - and it was a moment for everyone to reflect on the importance of the Olympic movement.
“And it helped keep the Olympic Spirit alive - less than a year to go!“
Fifteen Olympic Sports were represented across many generations, including Tokyo 1964 Olympian Don Martin (Hockey) taking part alongside three generations of his family.
But following a late burst, it was David Culbert (Long Jump, Soul 1988, Barcelona 1992) who took the quiz night honours after hitting the front with one question remaining, and pipping Linden Hall (Athletics - 1500m, Rio 2016) at the post.
Culbert was full of admiration for the way athletes have dealt with the postponed Olympic Games.
“Congratulations and thanks to Cate and Mitch Larkin and the swim team for the idea, and for opening up the quiz to the broader Olympians.
“It was a great night and no surprise that field and track finished 1/2. Everyone should keep an eye on Linden, she is a star on and off the track.
“The attitude of our current trapping of athletes is incredible. They have accepted the circumstances and are staying positive. Three cheers to them all.”