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This year’s Olympics will be unlike any other – in more ways than one. Our 472-person team will feature a record-breaking 254 women and 16 Indigenous athletes, including our first Indigenous Olympic tennis player, Ash Barty.

The sports to watch 

  • Tennis: We’re sending our biggest ever tennis team over to Tokyo, so keep an eye out for heaps of fresh talent plus world-class favourites like Ash Barty, Sam Stosur, Alex de Minaur and John Millman.
  • Swimming: Swimming is where Aussies tend to dominate, and with our star-studded line up, this year’s Olympics is shaping up to be a good one. Don’t miss seeing the likes of Emily Seebohm, Cate and Bronte Campbell, Mitch Larkin and Cam McEvoy.
  • Surfing: It’s set to be the first Olympic Games that includes surfing as a medal event, and Australia’s team is a force to be reckoned with. The four-person team features world champion surfers Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright and Julian Wilson.
  • Track and field: Keep your eye on this other record-breaking team, which, with 63 athletes, is the largest we’ve taken to an away Olympic Games. Familiar faces include Dani Stevens, Jeff Riseley, Kathryn Mitchell and Henry Frane.
  • Equestrian: It may not be the first sport that springs to mind when you think of the Olympics, but our equestrian team is certainly one to watch – it contains both our oldest ever Olympic competitor, 66-year-old Mary Hanna, and Andrew Hoy, who has beaten his own record by qualifying for his eighth Olympic Games.

Throw a watch party

It could be for the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony or the finals of one of your favourite sports – it doesn’t matter! Just whip out your best green and gold decorations, don some Aussie paraphernalia and put on a locally-inspired spread. We’re thinking a few snags on the barbie, some fairy bread, plenty of lamingtons and your favourite Aussie beer to wash it all down.

Want to watch along live with a crowd? There are six locations throughout Queensland that will be showing the best of the Olympics live, including Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach and Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. Click here for all the details. 

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