8 October 2021

Watson presented with Keys to the City

8 October 2021

Tokyo Olympic celebrations returned last week with Queensland Olympians and Paralympians coming together to be formally welcomed home after an Olympic Games like no other.

Hundreds of people, including representatives from local government, sporting organisations and schools, gathered at King George Square in Brisbane on Friday to officially celebrate our athletes and officials.

Para-Taekwondo athlete Janine Watson was just one of the proud Australians representing the Sunshine State.

Watson, who claimed Para-Taekwondo's first-ever (bronze) medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, was presented with the Keys to the City by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Queensland-based athletes won 56 medals at the Olympics and Paralympics, with a 28-medal haul in individual and team events at each of the Games.

The day was a touching tribute after competing in empty venues due to the global pandemic and the first time Olympians and Paralympians gathered together in a joint celebration.

The welcome home celebration was a COVID-safe event with attendees expected to wear a mask, be socially distanced, and follow all COVID-safe regulations.

We acknowledge that our office is spread across many traditional lands, and we pay respect to all traditional owners of these lands and elders past and present.