Australia’s top athletes have taken over the tropical city of Cairns, ahead of the Toyko Olympic games.
- Dozens of the country’s best athletes are training in Cairns ahead of the Olympics
- The tropical climate is similar to Tokyo at this time of the year
- Athletes are training in a strict ‘bubble’ due to COVID-19 restrictions
The Far North Queensland city was chosen as the Olympic and Paralympic pre-departure training camp, due to its climate being similar to the Japanese capital at this time of year.
But it hasn’t been all work and no play.
Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell has been busy posting pictures of herself and other members of the swim team on their day off in Cairns.
“What do a bunch of swimmers do on their day off?” she wrote.
Olympic gold medallist swimmer Emily Seebohm has also taken to social media to give fans an insight into her training regime, as well as the view from her hotel room.
“It was dark this morning when we go up but the sunrise at the pool was so pretty,” she said.
The Australian Olympic athletics team has also been in Cairns, preparing for the Tokyo games.
100 metre sprint hopeful Rohan Browning has been training at the city’s Barlow Park athletics track, along with about two dozen other track and field athletes.
Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite sporting stars at the next restaurant table might be left disappointed.
Athletes are operating under a strict COVID-19 bubble.
“We’re still allowed to go out, walk around, get some sunshine, get coffee but if it’s anything to do with mingling with the public or sitting down at places and interacting with the outside world, it’s a no-go,” he said.
More than 400 Australian athletes are expected to compete in Tokyo in just over a fortnight.
Spectators have been banned from Olympic venues as COVID-19 case numbers in the city rise.