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Australian dolphins honored at A Glittering Patron’s Awards at the 2032 Olympic City

On a glittering night in Brisbane, the who’s who of the 2021 and 2022 Australian swimming teams stepped out in all their glitter for the Hancock Prospecting Annual Patron’s Awards in Brisbane last Saturday night.

The French-themed soiree, in the spirit of the upcoming Paris Games, attracted almost 300 people to the Convention Center of the 2032 Olympic city, including Tokyo’s golden girls. Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown i Ariarnus TitmusOlympic breaststroke champion Zac Stubblety-Cooker and legend Dawn Fraser.

PATRONS DINNER Dawn Fraser and Zc Stubblety-Cook

TIMES UPDATED: Zac Stubblety-Cook, Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion with Olympic legend Dawn Fraser. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

It was a celebration in the capital of swimming not only for the athletes and their coaches, but also for their friends, families and loved ones, a special occasion hosted by Hancock’s Executive Chairman. Gina Rinehart and delivered by Swimming Queensland and the Australian Swimming Association.

A guest list that also included the head of the Australian Olympic Committee Ian Chesterman and the Swimming Queensland Board, who came together to celebrate the Dolphins’ achievements throughout 2022, looking back on their Tokyo triumphs and forward to the excitement of the 2024 Paris campaign.

I World of swimming were given exclusive access on the eve of the 2022-23 summer season which is set to kick off Down Under with the Fina World Short Course Championships in Melbourne and the Queensland State Championships kicking things off in a full December.

Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion and 200m breaststroke world record holder Stubblety-Cook was awarded the coveted Swimmers Swimmer, voted for by her peers, and celebrates not only her impressive career achievements , but also the impact he has had on Dolphins teams. .

Patron’s awards were also presented to Australia’s most prolific Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalist McKeon and two-time Paralympian, para world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist and world record Katja Dedekind.

PATRONS DINNER Emma McKeon Cody Simpson,

PIXOS OUT OF THE WATER: Emma McKeon, Cody Simpson, Lani Pallister and Josh Edwards-Smith. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

McKeon won an impressive four gold medals in Tokyo followed by six more golds in Birmingham, catapulting the Gold Coaster, who grew up in her family’s swimming pool in the Illawarra, NSW, into the stratosphere of swimming as Australia’s most successful Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete.

Visually impaired Dedekind, born in South Africa, formerly of Brisbane and now on the Sunshine Coast, opened Team Austral’s gold medal run in Birmingham with the only individual world record in the pool at the Games the Commonwealth in the S13 50m freestyle.

Organizer of the Swimming Queensland awards and a former world champion herself, Jade Edmiston He said the evening was an opportunity for Ms Rinehart “to honor all of Tokyo’s Para and Olympic athletes for their special achievement, as well as to present the 2022 Swimmers and Patrons Awards for the Para and Olympic programmes.

“And it was also an opportunity for the athletes to thank Mrs. Rinehart with their own special video messages and a gift of a framed signed jersey.

“Swimming Queensland is excited to deliver the patron’s awards for the next two years as we go to Paris and celebrate after Paris, so this year’s theme had a touch of French glam.”

CEO of Hancock Prospecting Garry Korte addressed the night of nights on behalf of its executive chairman saying:

“You are all fantastic role models and not just for young Australians, with your dedication, self-discipline, teamwork, world-class efforts and the patriotism you show when you proudly represent our country.

PATRON DINNER Chelsea Hodges, Meg Harris, Mollie O'Callaghan, Madi Wilson

ALL OTHERS: Olympic gold medalists Chelsea Hodges, Meg Harris, Mollie O’Callaghan and Madi Wilson Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

“Like each of you, it touches me (Mrs Rinehart) deep down when you reach the podium after so much work, and there is our anthem and flag to celebrate your success as outstanding Australians.

“I am very disappointed that I cannot be in two places at once, to celebrate our outstanding Australian swimmers, especially after the Olympics and with such fantastic efforts at the Commonwealth Games.

“With 25 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals in Birmingham, our team proved the saying true: ‘All that glitters is gold, silver and bronze.’

“And to Emma McKeon, such incredible performances in Birmingham. You’ve made people all over Australia proud.

“Swimmers, I hope you all know that for many years, outside of your families, I have been one of your most loyal supporters.

“I admire your desire to do well, to work hard to represent our country to the best of your ability, your perseverance, as I said before, are characteristics that will serve you well in life after swimming.

“When then Prince Charles, now King Charles III, was delivering Queen Elizabeth’s opening message at the Birmingham Games, there was one comment I particularly liked.

“He said to our Australian team, ‘You are the team that others are afraid of! “

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FRENCH CONNECTION; Shayna Jack gets into the swing of things at the French-themed patron night in Brisbane. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

“The Olympics and the Birmingham Games were exciting times for the many Australians glued to their TVs and cheering from all over Australia, lifting our spirits affected by Covid.”

Triple Olympian and Tokyo leadership team member Mitch Larkin provided this insight into the benefits of Hancock Prospecting’s support saying Ms Rinehart had saved races.

“I know some of the swimmers, because of the funding, were able to focus solely on getting the job done in the water and basically becoming the best in the world,” Larkin said.

“She saved races and someone like the silver medal in Tokyo Jack McLaughlin She stayed in the sport much longer thanks to Mrs. Rinehart and as a result she won the silver medal in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Games.

“I had also spoken to Rio Olympian Grant Irvine a couple of years earlier and he eventually retired looking to take the next step in his life and take up a full-time job.

“I wanted to start saving for a house and now that Mrs. Rinehart has supported us, it has allowed swimmers to stay in the sport longer and be able to retire with some savings and something to start with when they decide to start the next one stage of his life…”

The night was a huge success, with international group The London Essentials returning to perform throughout the night to keep guests dancing the night away, delivering their own unique performances as they sang and played around the room.

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Mack Horton and fiancée Ella Walter. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Ariarne Titmus 2

Ariarnus Titmus. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

Beret Boys Patron Awards

Beret Boys (L-R) Alex Young, Jesse Whittaker, Isaac Cooper, Matt Temple and Grayson Bell getting into the night’s Parisian theme. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

Ash Delaney and Kyle Chalmers

Ashley Delaney, Taryn Delaney and Kyle Chalmers. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.


Matt Temple. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Rohan Taylor and his wife Jodi

National Head Coach Rohan Taylor and his wife Jodie. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Rowan Crothers and Ellie Cole

Rowan Crothers and friend: Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRON DINNER Scooter and friends

Grant “Scooter” Patterson and members of the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.


Get into the swing of things with the London Essentials. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Garry Korte Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Ariarne Titmus

Hancock Prospecting CEO Garry Korte with Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown and Ariarne Titmus. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Kaylee McKeown on stage

Kaylee McKeown. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Lani Pallister Janelle Pallister Dawn Fraser and Rick Pallister

Lani Pallister, Janelle Pallister, Dawn Fraser and Rick Pallister. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.

PATRONS DINNER Dawn Fraser and Katja Dedekind

Dawn Fraser and Katja Dedekind. Photo courtesy: Wade Brennan Photography.


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