On the final night of the Australian Olympic Staging Camp three-time Olympian Michael Klim joined the team at the Auburn University Hotel Auditorium to help host the official Gold Cap Presentation, a tradition in Australian swimming.
The Gold Cap Presentation individually recognizes the swimmers while they receive their gold caps for the
meet, and the rookies are officially inducted into the team with the acceptance of a ‘Gold Cap Bag’ featuring their name and Swimmer Number embroidered on the front.
The Swimmer Numbers represent a select group of individuals that have represented Australia at a major international meet. Fred Lane (1900) was the first swimmer to receive a number (#1), and international rookies Georgia Bohl (764), Tamsin Cook (765), Jacob Hansford (766), Jack McLoughlin (767) and Joshua Palmer (768) all received theirs at the ceremony as the five new ones of 2016.
The Gold Cap Presentation is a way to celebrate Australia’s past and connect it to the present, and Klim
helped bring past learnings to the present. Klim, a six-time Olympic medalist including two gold, shared stories of success and also lessons learned as he spoke to the team about remaining in control, being confident and trusting your teammates.
The Australian now departs Auburn into Rio where they will familiarize themselves with the village and the competition and training pools.