Before the Athens Games opened, the Australian team held a welcome reception for team members and guests at the Zappieon Gardens, Athens. At the function, the team captains and the flag bearer for the opening ceremony were announced. The venue was in the centre of Athens, a considerable distance from the Paralympic village. The logistics of getting athletes to the venue was difficult, the start of things to come for athletes in the farthest Games’ venues. Before the reception, team members posed for the traditional – and possibly worst ever – team photo.
Date: September 2004