Gathered guests gave Fraser, who won gold medals in the 100m freestyle at the Melbourne, Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a standing ovation and then sang happy birthday to mark her 84th birthday yesterday. VIPs at the event included Tokyo gold medallists Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. Australian Swimmer, Cate Campbell said the Olympic team came back in “drips and drabs” and so were unable to celebrate together especially with the absence of a closing ceremony. “It’s really nice to finally be able to relax and just enjoy the night.”
Earlier this month, it was revealed Gina had quietly funded many of the sportsmen and women at the Tokyo Olympics so they could chase their dreams. The likes of veteran swimmer Cate Campbell, rowing gold medallist Lucy Stephan, and silver medallist beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy were all funded by the generous Rinehart. ‘I don’t say this lightly, but Gina Rinehart saved swimming,’ three-time Tokyo medallist Campbell told the Australian Financial Review. ‘She made funds available that went directly to athletes. This allowed many athletes – myself included – to see that there was a future career in swimming.’
Executive Chairman Mrs, Gina Rinehart and all at Hancock Prospecting wish all athletes representing our country all the very best. We look forward to hearing the Australian anthem played, as proud medal winners achieve their well deserved and forever memorable time on the podium.
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart is already one of Australia’s biggest Olympic fans and already contributes up to $10m annually to four Olympic sports: swimming, rowing, volleyball and artistic swimming. Wylie said off the back of Tokyo, there is an opportunity to capitalise on the generosity of the philanthropic community and individuals like Rinehart. “Gina Rinehart did a really important job with her sports at Tokyo, she’s shown the way and there’s a tremendous opportunity to tap into that,” Wylie said.
Little old Australia. Punching above its weight. Population, a mere 25 million. Cut off from the world by Covid-19. Fighting just to get to the Olympics. Winning a record-equalling 17 gold medals. Little old Australia. What an eclectic group of winners. The swimmers. A BMX bandit. Canoeists. Sailors. Rowers.