Paralympic Games Sydney 2000 Closing Ceremony

Lead voice with the Millennium Choir, performing Mikis Theodoraki’s “Axion Esti, Tis Dikiosinis Helie Noite”, during handover of the Paralympic flag from Sydney to Athens.

The eleventh summer Paralympic Games closed with a ceremony that was, as promised, informal, irreverent and one big party.

The infamous kangaroos on bicycles that first appeared at the closing ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games made an appearance, as did numerous references to the Olympic Games, including a posturing American track and field athlete.

The president of the IPC, Dr. Robert Steadward, declared the Games to be the best ever, a remark that was warmly endorsed by the capacity crowd at Stadium Australia which was later treated to a musical extravaganza.

More people have come to see Paralympic athletes in action in Sydney than at any previous Paralympic Games. Fittlingly, Australia won more medals than ever before, and topped the medal count.

The Games have seen an extraordinary number of world and paralympic records set over the eleven days of competition. They have also marked a new and binding relationship between the Olympic and Paralympic movements, as well as the spectre of performance-enhancing drug-use by Paralympic athletes.