Thursday, 22 July 2021

And the Winner is ............................?

 Wednesday 21st July

A group of friends and I decided to be present at Southbank for the announcement from Tokyo, of the 2023 Olympic Games host city. Sitting in the parkland near  Southbank's big screen from 4 pm, we watched the excitement mount, even though it was almost a given, that Brisbane would win. The backdrop of the Brisbane River and the city was perfect for the celebrations that followed when Brisbane won.

An early scene of the river, as the firework barges got into position.

The event extended over 4 hours and so we took a picnic to keep the hunger away. Little did we know that this would make us the centre of attention of the media. At least 9 different sources filmed and interviewed us. Our group was seen cheering on the ABC news and three of us had our short interviews aired. 

Ch 2 interviewer.

Photo taken for us by the cameraman.

Screen shot taken from the ABC news video.

A little later, after some rehearsal.

The ABC returned after the announcement.

This excited woman was sitting in front of us, so our legs appeared quite often in the media.

It was a chilly, windy day. Unusual for Brisbane, the temperature was only 13 C. Thankfuly we were sheltered from the wind. The sunset colours were rather lovely.

Our Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, delivering the final presentation to the Olympic committee. We were all impressed with the manner in which she presented our bid.

Getting colder and the crowds were building, as the 6.30 announcement time drew closer.

Brisbane is announced the winner! Let the fireworks begin.

Soon all the city bridges were bathed in the green and gold of our olympic colours. 

The announcement here quickly spread around the world.

We have a wonderful and friendly city, I can only hope that these games will build on that. Sydney excelled in 2000. I'm sure Brisbane can do the same and better. Much of the infrastructure is already in place.

Congratulations Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

I would love to read your comment. 


  1. It looks like it was a fun time. Congratulations on the Olympic winning bid. Exciting times ahead!

  2. You and your friends are famous!!! Congrats on your hometown being chosen to host the Olympics. That's so fabulous. Maybe I'll have to plan a trip in 2032. :)

    1. I hope you can come before then so I can still hike with you!

  3. Congratulations to the city of Brisbane! What a great time you and your friends had celebrating. I remember when the 1988 winter olympics were here in Calgary, it was an amazing experience.

    1. Brisbane started growing into this amazing, livable city in 1982, when we hosted the Commonwealth Games. They have hosted so many things since that I know this too will be sensational.

  4. Wow. You guys look like you were having a ball. What fun and congrats to Brisbane!

  5. You ladies are famous! How fun! (And I am again struck by the difference in our seasons. We are sweltering here at the moment!) The fireworks look like it was worth the wait.

  6. We are thriving on our mild winter temperatures. I hate the thoght of summer if the temps rise like in the northern hemisphere.
    The fireworks were the best I've seen. A spectacular 2 min celebration.

  7. That seems like a really long time from now! Wonder where we will all be in our lives.