Olympians honoured in Melbourne

Australia's Olympic athletes have been given a warm welcome home in Melbourne.

Olympians honoured in MelbourneMelbourne has welcomed home our Olympic athletes with celebrations at Federation Square.



Australia's Olympic athletes have been given a warm welcome home in Melbourne.

More than 80 Olympians celebrated their success at the London games, meeting fans and signing autographs before the proceedings got underway.

People in the crowd were grateful to get a chance to congratulate their heroes.

Crowd favourites include Sally Pearson and Anna Meares, but many came to celebrate the achievements of Victorian athletes, including Kim Crow, Drew Ginn and Jared Tallent.

Ms Crow won a Silver medal in the double scull event and Bronze in the single skull.

She is now based in Canberra but her family lives in Templestowe, in Melbourne's north-east and she says it is great to be home.

"The Olympics is a wonderfully exciting time and everything's go-go-go, and I really enjoy that," she said.

"But I think it is pretty important to touch base with reality and just renew a bit of energy before getting back into training."

Ms Crow says the Melbourne athlete's parade holds a special significance.

"When I came back from Beijing and not having had a great result, I was not too sure if I wanted to row and I was quite down about things," she said.

"But I came and did the Melbourne parade and the excitement was really special and it made me feel really special as an Olympian and I think that really inspired me to have another go.

"I really wanted to do better the next time round and I was so grateful to Melbourne for putting on such a great show."

The men's K4 kayaking team said their Gold medal win is still sinking in.

Team member Murray Stewart says the parade is a great opportunity to give something back to their supporters.

"It's wonderful. We've had such wonderful support the whole way along, and in London itself, we all had a lot of family and friends," he said.

"But to come home and be welcomed, firstly off the plane and in Sydney and now in Melbourne, it's incredible.

"It's really overwhelming and we couldn't be more proud to be Australian."Thousands of fans lined Sydney's main street on Monday to welcome home more than 100 Olympic athletes.