Today I was lucky to be able to go home to Christchurch for the day for a New Zealand Olympic Committee function where it was announced that Christchurch would be hosting the official welcome home event for all the Olympic medallists and team members from London Olympics.
It was also announced that the New Zealand Olympic Committee would also be donating $200,000 to help Christchurch athletes whose training has been affected by the earthquake damage to facilities.
It was really awesome to see how the New Zealand Olympic Committee has come to the aid of Christchurch athletes and also really fantastic for the people of Christchurch to be able to host the welcome home party post the London Olympics next year, where there will be no doubt a whole lot of Olympic medals on display!
As a Christchurch athlete (albeit Dunedin based!) it’s humbling to see how people are getting behind Christchurch with gestures like this, thanks heaps NZOC and to everyone else involved!
London Chef de Mission Dave Currie, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, and myself at the announcement (Photos: Martin Hunter, Getty Images for NZOC)