Aussie team gears up for the Games in Tonbridge
ELITE Australian athletes have been speaking about life in Tonbridge ahead of their move to the Olympic Village next week.
The track and field team, dressed for the first time in their green and gold kit, were under the spotlight of international media at Tonbridge School, on Monday, where some have spent the last month training for the London Games.
Among them was world championship long jump silver medallist Mitchell Watt, who said the facilities at the private school were "awesome".
He added: "If only the weather was like this everyday. The track's the same as what's going to be in London, they built a brand new gym for us, obviously the recovery and stuff is all really good.
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"I asked for a fridge last week and an hour later we had a fridge. They've been extremely helpful.
"When we're in the town wearing our uniform, people were asking questions and taking an interest, which is nice."
The 60-strong team, including coaches, physios and doctors, has been using the state-of-the-art sports facilities, as well as boarding and eating at the school.
Mark Organ, the school's assistant bursar, said: "We just want to make sure they can complete their training, they only get one shot of this every four years. Once it comes to the track, the heart is still red white and blue, it's still GB, but we'll get a great Games in the stadium. They've been brilliant, haven't been any trouble, no late night parties, no ridiculous requests. They've got good food, good night's sleep and good training."
World 100m hurdle champion Sally Pearson said: "When I arrived here four weeks ago, the people and the school were so welcoming and have done everything for us, they've been really helpful."
High performance manager Eric Hollingsworth added: "We've all had a little stroll in the High Street, been into Starbucks. We'll be wearing the uniforms on a regular basis so you can expect to see green and gold more visible in the town."