Over 100 people snapped up the chance to spend an evening with Olympic siblings, Cate and Bronte Campbell on Tuesday 11 October with many of the guests being excited ‘youngsters’ keen to meet their swimming idols.
Before the event had officially started, many of the younger attendees had already persuaded their parents to take them over to meet the girls. Cate and Bronte were extremely gracious in meeting so many fans – even signing a variety of signed photos, handmade books and other items!
Pat Welsh, Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) Your Brain Matters Ambassador emceed the event and conducted an interview with Bronte and Cate, as well as a question and answer segment with fans.
CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) Victoria Beedle praised Cate and Bronte Campbell for sharing their passion for swimming in an inspiring Q&A with Your Brain Matters Ambassador Pat Welsh.
‘These outstanding young women are fantastic representatives for swimming and great advocates for community sport at any level,’ said Victoria.
‘We know that looking after your body has many benefits for your brain and getting involved in a sport such as swimming can potentially reduce your risk of dementia.’
‘We’re very thankful to Tattersall’s Club members and guests for helping us to raise vital funds to support people with dementia, their carers, and families across the state.’
Cate and Bronte shared many insights into attending the recent Rio Olympics, as well as into their extensive training regime which started before they had even hit double-digits! Reflecting on their recent experience in Rio, both sisters admitted they had let the pressure from everyone they knew, Australia, and their own team gets to them – getting to the Olympics itself is no mean feat!
One eager young swimmer in the audience asked how many laps in a pool the talented sisters recommended to compete in the Olympics… Cate stated that “to be an expert in anything, you need to do it 10,000 times. It terms of laps – it’s about the length to swim around the world”
The raffle prizes donated were a family pass to all the Village Roadshow Theme parks and a double pass to Blueroom Cinebar. With the raffle raising over $800, and the auction prize of signed merchandise from the girls selling for $4,000.
Photos and story courtesy of Tattersall's Club