Oh what I’d give to attend the next Sydney Mardi Gras…
Openly-gay Olympic gold medallist and Australian Sports Performer of the Year, Matthew Mitcham, will be leading next year’s Mardi Gras Parade.
Mitcham said he was honoured to be asked to lead the parade.
“Mardi Gras has an illustrious history and I’m really proud to now be part of that,” he said.
“There is such a huge buzz in the city on Parade night and it really does bring the whole city together. I am really excited to be right in the middle of the action.”
New Mardi Gras Chair David Imrie said Matthew’s story is an inspiration to the community.
“His comeback to elite sport following burn-out to create one of the most magical moments in Australian Olympic history made him the obvious choice for this year’s Parade.”
“Matthew’s recent success in being voted Sports Performer of the year was a testament to his talent and hard work. It was also one of the most encouraging signs that Australia is a place where you can be openly gay without it limiting your opportunities.”