Women in Drinks launched its Queensland chapter last week with an inspiring speech by former Olympian Brooke Hanson.
The event, held at Gambaro Hotel in Brisbane, was introduced by WID Councillor Madelyn Ring and organised by the Queensland Chapter committee, Jo Harding and Sam Bradford.
Brooke told the story of her Olympic dream - achieved despite being allergic to chlorine!
She recalled her pride when she heard her name read out as a member of the Olympic team after winning three Gold and one Silver medal in front of a packed hometown crowd at the Olympic Trials in her hometown of Sydney. She went on to win Silver in the 100m breaststroke and Gold as a member of the 4x100m medley relay team at the Athens Olympics.
Brooke also created history at the 2004 FINA World Short Course Championships in Indianapolis where she won a record six gold medals – five individual and the 4x100m medley relay in world record time.
She talked about the importance of leadership and support when her relay team mates during that time; and how proud she was to bring women's swimming back into the spotlight for Australia.
Brooke also discussed how goal setting was instrumental in her winning Silver in 2004 at the Athens Olympics, which formed the backbone for the book she wrote about the experience, called 'When Silver is Gold'.
She noted during her speech to Women in drinks: "I never ever felt once you've lost the gold medal by half a second, I came back from the Athens Olympics the happiest person who ever came back from the Olympics."
Attendees were moved to tears as Brooke described some of the obstacles she has tackled in her life, including losing her son Jack at nine months old.
"I held him for his last breathe," she recalled. "And I would give back all those medals back for one more cuddle."
It was a motivating and moving story that showed her determination and resilience and her ability to stay positive and focused.
A big thank you to the committee for volunteering their time to organise such an inspirational event. We look forward to the next Queensland event!