From Rio de Janeiro to the Rocky riverbank
TWO home-grown Rockhampton Olympians will be celebrated tonight at the Quay St Party.
Cycling's golden girl Anna Meares (pictured right) and world rowing champion Sasha Belonogoff (pictured left) will head along to the event for a special presentation where Anna will be given a key to the city after a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow said we are fortunate to have two of the city's admirable Olympic athletes join us in a celebration that is about new beginnings.
"We are very proud of all of our home-grown athletes who represent Rockhampton and our country, and are we very grateful to have both Anna and Sasha join us in a celebration that is very much about new beginnings,” mayor Strelow said.
"We invite the entire community to join us in congratulating Anna on her career as she retires from cycling and celebrate Sasha as he begins his new Olympic adventure.”
Sasha, a former Rockhampton Grammar School student, competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, taking out a silver in the quadruple scull.
He has also taken out a slew of world championship medals since 2008.
The Anna Meares story is an inspirational one, full of grit and determination.
The former Rocky cyclist produced one of sport's greatest comebacks when she won silver at Beijing 2008, just seven months after breaking her neck in a horror track crash.
Earlier this year, having secured her sixth Olympic medal, Anna announced her retirement, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career.
She is widely regarded as Australia's most decorated cyclist.
It has been an incredible journey for Anna since her early days flying around the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome in the Rockhampton Region.
Today, having cheered on a remarkable career from afar, people across the Rockhampton Region have an opportunity to show their support once more when Anna is presented the Key to the City.
Tonight's celebration at the Riverbank's revitalised Stage 1A will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a special presentation for our Olympians.
Given Rockhampton's recent track record when it comes to rain at important events, Rockhampton mayor Strelow called in the services of local forecaster Mike Griffin to ensure every base is covered for the event.
The event will host a variety of market stalls, entertainment by well-known local band, Weathered, plenty of food options and festive activities for children.