ALL-STAR WELCOME: Olympians (top to bottom) Cate Campbell, Mack Horton, Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie welcomed home from Rio. 

PHOTO: PAUL MILLER/AAP
ALL-STAR WELCOME: Olympians (top to bottom) Cate Campbell, Mack Horton, Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie welcomed home from Rio. PHOTO: PAUL MILLER/AAP PAUL MILLER

Olympians return to more glory

AUSTRALIA'S Olympic team have been given an all-star welcome after returning from Rio.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove greeted chef de mission Kitty Chiller and flag bearers Anna Meares and Kim Brennan as they left the plane.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Sport Minister Sussan Ley also greeted the lead team.

Rockhampton's Meares, who won a bronze medal, says leading the team was a career highlight.

"It was a really incredible moment, one that will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life,” Meares said.

"Hearing the roar of support - Aussies are pretty popular on the Olympic stage! In Rio, I felt like I belonged to lead this team. It was a great experience.”

Ms Chiller said all the athletes return to Australia as ambassadors for their country.

"And as Olympians for life, as you join our historic 120-year-old Australian Olympic team.

"There is much to celebrate and be proud of. This is the Games we demonstrated the strength of our youth.

"This Olympic campaign was not just about medals. I could not be prouder of what we have all achieved in this area.


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