Posted: 24 August, 2016
Squad Treated To Huge Welcome Home Celebrations In Sydney
Pic: AAP (edited)
An emotional return for Australia's Olympic athletes, the squad touching down in Sydney this morning to a massive welcome home party of family and friends.
Flag bearers Anna Mears and Kim Brennan led the squad off this Qantas flight, followed by our Gold medallists.
There was quite a bit of excess baggage, we brought home 29 medals, 8 of them gold.
Most athletes said they were keen for a sleep in their own bed and were eyeing off a decent coffee.
There's be no down time for gold medallist Catherine Skinner though, who will head straight back into competition.
"This event has just qualified me for the world cup final," she told Seven.
"I'd planned to have a few months off, put the gun away and relax a bit, but all those plans have been thrown out the window!"
While, swimmer Mack Horton seemed quite chuffed to be home, greeted by an ecstatic mum and dad.
"It's a bit of a shock sitting down for 13 hours then going straight down into a big crowd of people, i'm a bit shaky but doing alright," he said.
The gold medallist didn't seemed phased about trolling he'd received from China fans, after sledging rival Sun Yang.
"The only thing that's suffered is my social media, I got over 500 comments on one of my posts, but personally I'm not really affected."
Meantime, the Australian government has urged athletes to use condoms for at least the next two months, to stop the possible spread of Zika virus.