2016 Rio Olympic Games - Premier's Olympic Appeal Dinner (TAS)
On 4th June 2016, Master Wang and members of Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy of Australia joined over 300 guests at the Premier's Olympic Appeal Dinner. Amongst the attendees were 19 Olympians and Paralympians, and it was an absolute honour to be seated amongst these great athletes and their teams, in a room beautifully adorned with carnivale-themed colourful lights and feathers.
At the beginning of the night, Master Wang was invited to present a donation to the Tasmanian Olympic Council; an act of appreciation and gratitude to the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian Olympic Council.
With only 62 days left until the start of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, we were very fortunate to be joined by Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission, Kitty Chiller. An Olympian herself, we were treated to an inspiring talk about her visions for the Australian Olympic Team - itself a reminder for us all to be more unified, to act with humility, and to be respectful towards others. She also gave us an insight into her job as Chef de Mission and what this role will entitle.
Attendees were also treated to an insightful interview with Michelle Ford-Eriksson MBE, who brought us into her element as she relived the vivid memories that saw her win the Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. She was the only individual Gold medallist from Australia and the only non-Soviet bloc swimmer to do so at that Games.
On behalf of Master Wang and the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy of Australia, we wish every success to all those athletes who will be competing for and in honour of Australia at Rio 2016, and best wishes to their coaches and teams as well.
Our greatest thanks to the Tasmanian Government and Tasmanian Olympic Council for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the support behind our magnificent athletes, and to contribute in helping send them to Rio.