Big welcome for Kiwi Olympians
Christchurch will be seeing gold when New Zealand's Olympians arrive for today's welcome-home event.
New Zealand Olympic Committee spokeswoman Ashley Abbott said 88 athletes, including 23 of the 27 medallists, would attend the homecoming.
Newly crowned Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams will miss the event because she is competing in Europe.
Cyclists Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley, who won bronze in the team pursuit, will miss the event because of international team commitments.
The Kiwi Olympic competitors will fly into Christchurch and ride an open-top double-decker bus to the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre in southern Christchurch for the noon event.
There will be standing room for about 700 members of the public in the stadium.
The remainder will be able to watch the ceremony on a large screen in the nearby park.
After the ceremony, some Olympians, including medallists Lisa Carrington, Mark Todd and Mahe Drysdale, will travel to nearby Centennial Park to sign autographs, have photographs taken, answer questions and compete against fans in various activities.
Other Olympians will visit fans at schools, hospitals, care facilities and businesses.
Merrin School principal Lisa Dillon-Roberts said pupils were excited to welcome seven Olympians, including medal-winning BMX rider Sarah Walker.
The school has invited everyone on the street to the school for a barbecue, games and an assembly.
Council sports promotions and events adviser Karena Finnie said the council would not be putting on any buses or closing any roads.
However, there will be designated parking for school buses at the event.
The public can park in the Pioneer car park, or if that is full they can park in surrounding streets.
Olympians not attending these engagement activities will remain in Centennial Park to interact with fans. They include:
Medallists: Lisa Carrington, Mahe Drysdale, Mark Todd
Other team members: Cameron Howieson, James Musa, Jenny Bindon, Rebecca Rolls, Darryl Fitzgerald, Lauren Ellis, Jamie Neilson, Stephen Jenness, Debbie Balme, Kyle Pontifex, Melody Cooper, Hayley Palmer, Melissa Ingram, Steven Kent, Brent Newdick, Emma Twigg, Matthew Trott, Ali Shanks, Natasha Hansen, Rushlee Buchanan, Alexis Pritchard, Cameron Todd, Lauren Boyle, Logan Campbell, JP Tobin, John Storey, Sarah Gray, Sussanah Pyatt, Mike Roger, Seah Taylor.
Merrin School, 41 Merrin St, Avonhead
Medallist: Sarah Walker
Other team members: Tim Myers, Neil Emblen, Seamus Marten, Kevin Marr, Shane Archibold, Nathan Handley
Richmond New Zealand Trust Ltd, 115 Grange St, Hillsborough
Medallists: Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan
Other team members: Shane McLeod, Michael Arms, Rebecca Scown
Anthony Wilding Retirement Village, 5 Corbett Crescent, Halswell
Medallist: Caroline Powell
Other team members: Luuka Jones, Annalie Longo, Richie Patterson, Adam Storey
Ronald McDonald House, 33 Cashel St, Christchurch Central
Medallists: Peter Burling, Blair Tuke
Other team members: Robbie Manson, Caroline Brisbois
Christchurch Hospital - Children's Ward
Meet in the activity room by the Children's Ward
Medallists: Aaron Gate, Westley Gough
Other team members: Fiona O'Connor, Jan Taylor
Christchurch Hospital - Women's Hospital
Meet in the reception area on the ground floor
Medallists: Jonelle Richards
Other team members: Chris Leslie, Sara Winther
Daffodil House, 91 Papanui Rd, Merivale
Medallists: Eric Murray, Hamish Bond
Other team members: Paul Snow-Hansen
Te Kura Whakapumua (Ngai Tahu School), 45 Hassals Ln, Waltham
Medallists: Storm Uru, Peter Taylor
Other team members: Jade Uru, Louise Ayling, Jason Saunders, Clint Knox
IHC Vocational Services, 101 Mandeville St, Riccarton
Medallists: Juliette Haig, Rebecca Sown
Other team members: Scott Creswell, Jim Turner
- © Fairfax NZ News
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