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Road To Paris: Fundraising Luncheon

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of inspiration and Olympic excitement!

Embark on a captivating journey as Australia’s Olympic legend, Duncan Armstrong, takes you back to his triumphant Gold-winning moments at the Seoul 1988 Olympics. Channel 7's Luke McGary will lead engaging conversations with our local Olympic hopefuls – Lani Pallister, Aly Bull, and Callum Simpson – providing unique insights into their dreams, aspirations, and the dedication it takes to pursue Olympic glory. Additionally, gain insights from Braedan Jason, a two-time Paralympic competitor, as he shares his experiences and perspectives on what it's like to compete at the Paralympic Games.

Join us for an afternoon filled with inspiration, where you'll have the exclusive opportunity to have your burning questions answered by none other than Olympic Legend Duncan Armstrong and our promising local talents. Delve into meaningful discussions, gaining firsthand knowledge about the challenges and triumphs of their Olympic journeys. We are also delighted to have our friends from UniSC joining us, including Associate Professor Gary Slater who prepares all the sports nutrition for the Athletes heading to Paris, to answer your questions on fuelling the athletes!

But that's not all – this event is more than just a celebration; it's a rallying call to support the future stars of Australian sports. Participate in our raffles and auctions, as every contribution will play a crucial role in supporting these athletes on their road to Paris. Your involvement ensures that dreams become reality, and the spirit of the Olympics continues to thrive.

There are limited seats available so don't miss the chance to be part of something extraordinary – an afternoon of Olympic dreams and community support. See you there!

Date: Friday 22 March

Time: 11.30am-2.30pm

Location: Alex Surf Club, Lookout Bistro

What's Included: 3-Course Lunch & 3-Hour Drinks Package

Price: $185pp

Meet our Olympic hopefuls and speakers...

Duncan Armstrong, OAM Duncan Armstrong, OAM became a household name when he claimed one of only three Olympic Gold medals Australia won at the Seoul Games in 1988. The victory also broke the 200 freestyle World Record to win Australia's 100th medal in Olympic competition. Coached and mentored by the charismatic and unstoppable Laurie Lawrence, Duncan's career in the pool spanned 10 years in the Green and Gold. Since retiring from competitive swimming, Duncan has received a host of national honours including an Order of Australia Medal and the Young Australian of the Year. Nowadays, Duncan divides his time raising his five children with his wife Rebecca, and has maintained a corporate career with many of Australia’s most recognised brands like Telstra, Westpac, Qantas and is currently Brand Manager with Exercise & Sport Science Australia. He has engaged in media work and corporate coaching as well as the charitable partnerships and his services as a committed Christian. A truly inspirational Australian, with a truly inspiration story. Duncan will share some of his funniest and memorable moments from inside his Green and Gold tracksuit, and the lessons life has presented to him.

Braedan Jason Braedan Jason marked his international Para-swimming debut at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, securing impressive placements in the men’s 50m freestyle S13 and men’s 400m freestyle S13 (fifth), men’s 100m freestyle S13 (sixth), and men’s 100m butterfly S13 (seventh).

This remarkable start led to his representation of Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, earning four top-10 placements under the guidance of the late coaching dynamo, Olympic silver medallist Jan Cameron.

Continuing his Paralympic journey at Tokyo 2020, Braedan competed in three events. In the men’s 100m freestyle S12, he claimed fifth place with a time of 53.78. The men’s 100m butterfly S12 saw him secure sixth place at 59.01, while in the men’s 400m freestyle S13, he narrowly missed the podium.

Callum Simpson Emerging as a talented s8 swimmer, Callum Simpson aspires to make his mark in the Paralympic team, targeting the 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, and the 34 points para relay team.

During the Australian Age Championships on the Gold Coast (7-15 April), Callum Simpson demonstrated his exceptional skills by clinching 4 Golds in the 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle, and the 200m Individual Medley. His stellar performance extended to earning 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze.

In addition to his impressive medal collection, Callum achieved 4 Junior Australian Flipper Squad Qualifying times and set 4 new Australian Age Group records, solidifying his position as a rising star in the swimming realm.

Taking on a new challenge, Callum participated in his inaugural Australian Open Championships (17-20 April), serving as the World Championship trials for the Australian Dolphin Para Squad. Despite the tough competition, he secured a commendable fourth place overall in Opens in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

Recognising his outstanding talent, Callum has earned a well-deserved spot in the Swimming Australia Para Swimming National Development Squad for the 2023/24 season, marking a significant milestone in his promising para swimming career.

Callum is heading to Melbourne in February to swim at the World Para Series meet and then to Portugal in April before Olympic trials in June!

Aly Bull Alex Surf Clubs Aly Bull’s Olympic dream ignited when inspired by idol Naomi Flood at London 2012. Initially drawn to the IronWoman Series, debuting in 2012 at the age of 16, Bull exceled as a youngster, also becoming the Under 17 Australian IronWoman Champion in 2012.

Introduced to kayaking to enhance her surf ski paddling, Bull embraced the challenge and quickly made her mark, securing a spot in the 2013 Australian Junior team, the 2014 Australian U23 team, and the 2015 Australian Senior team.

Her decision to immerse herself fully in kayaking paid off with an Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she came 8th in the K2 500. Bull then paddled her way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she finished 5th in the K2 500, and a B-final in the K1 500.

Selection on the Australian Senior Kayaking team in 2024 will mark 10 years on the team and a 3rd Olympic Games. Over this period, she has won multiple World Championships, multiple World Championship placings, and multiple World Cup medals in varying boats. All whilst continuing to race under Alex’s black and gold cap, winning multiple Australian Titles.

Lani Pallister Lani is a world record holder in two sports, with a world record in swimming, the short course 4×200-metre freestyle relay, and world records in life saving for the youth age group in the 100-metre rescue medley and 200-metre super lifesaver. Demonstrating early talent in swimming, she made a swift entry into the Dolphins national swim team at the 2022 World Championships, securing a silver in the 4x200m freestyle and a bronze in the 1500m freestyle.

Pallister's impressive representation of Australia continued at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where she clinched another bronze in the 800m freestyle. Her stellar performances contribute significantly to Swimming Australia's growing medal collection, affirming Pallister's standing as a rising star in the world of swimming.

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