Brookes message to the Australian Olympic Committee fundraising dinner two months prior to the Olympics:
Hi my name is Brooke Hanson and at 26 this is my 1st Olympics
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part”
I believe I have lived my whole life following the Olympic ideals. Although I just missed out in 1996 and again in 2000 it is these ideals which made my Olympic dream come true.
“The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle”
It’s been a long and winding road for me.I’ve done it hard over the years but i’ve never given in.
If you want something bad enough(and i did)you will dedicate your life to achieving your ultimate goal.
“The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”
The Olympic games means 26 years of hard work scarfice and determination
I believe the laps I’ve done I could have swam to athens and back.
So rest assured come August 14 2004 this proud aussie girl will be ready.