Hamilton Island welcomes the Australian Oylimpic sailing team on Friday afternoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
Hamilton Island welcomes the Australian Oylimpic sailing team on Friday afternoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

Sailing champs receive heroes' welcome at Hamilton Island

HAMILTON Island was one of the first ports of call for the Australian Olympic sailing team after arriving home from Rio De Janero.

The traditional ticker-tape parade along Front St was led by Hamillton Island school children holding painted signs which welcomed their sailing heroes.

Well-wishers threw streamers from buildings and cheered as the procession made its way through the village.

Gold medallist Tom Burton was riding in the lead car with silver-winning team-mates Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin.

Adam Singleton and gold medalist Tom Burton at Hamilton Island on Friday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
Adam Singleton and gold medalist Tom Burton at Hamilton Island on Friday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

He said he was happy to be back home in Australia and was on cloud nine after the parade.

"Oh it's great you know. We have had a few receptions but this is the biggest community of sailors," he said.

"It's great to see so see so many keen sailors supporting us and hearing about how they watched us race.

The Australian Olympic sailing team: Tom Burton, Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin, Ashley Stoddart, Jake Lilley, Carey Smith, Jaime Ryan, Matt Belcher, Will Ryan, Iain Jensen and Nathan Outeridge after the parade.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
The Australian Olympic sailing team: Tom Burton, Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin, Ashley Stoddart, Jake Lilley, Carey Smith, Jaime Ryan, Matt Belcher, Will Ryan, Iain Jensen and Nathan Outeridge after the parade.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

"People always watch the Olympics but there is a large part of those people that don't know much about sailing.

"It's great to talk to people who know about sailing, so you can talk about tactics and let then give their input about what they were thinking.

"It's great to be amongst sailors," he said.

The event on Hamilton Island concluded with the signing of autographs and music into the night.


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