Australia’s top athletes have taken over the tropical city of Cairns as the Olympic and Paralympic pre-departure training camp due to its climate being similar to the Japanese capital at this time of year.
- 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 Australian swim team has commandeered the local pool, while the track and field team has been doing hot laps of the town’s athletics track.
But it has not 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.
“And how nice is this room.”
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.
“I decided to stay in Australia to take advantage of the time zone similarities between here and Tokyo,” he said.
Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite sporting stars at the next restaurant table might be left disappointed.
Dual Olympic swimmer Jack McLoughlin said contact with the public was forbidden.
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.