5 Ways to get into the Olympics spirit in Ipswich

Tulmur Place in the new Nicholas St Precinct in the Ipswich CBD is an official live site to watch the Tokyo Olympics.
21 Jul 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

The world’s biggest sporting event will be beamed into Ipswich’s newest entertainment precinct, Tulmur Place, with residents able to catch Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games glory alongside local and national sporting legends.

Ipswich has a long and proud history of developing sporting champions including the following Olympians: Baseballer Andrew Thomas Campbell, soccer player Colin Kitching, racewalker Dane Bird-Smith, short track speed skaters Deanna Lockett and Alexander McEwan, volleyballer Grant Sorensen, swimmer Leah Neale, high jumper Michele Brown, and cyclists Lisa Mathison and Ryan Bayley.

The Olympics Live site is in Tulmur Place on the big screen from 9am to 6pm, 23 July until 8 August.  The event is free to attend and participate in and there’s free parking in the Nicholas St Precinct carpark.

Hula hoop competition

See if you can win at Hula Hoops

Opening day of the Olympics sees a challenge of epic proportions.  Challengers get ready as a hula hoop competition gets under way from 4pm-4.30pm.  Whoever can hula hoop the longest will be crowned the winner by none other than Olympic gymnast and Ninja Warrior Olivia Vivian.

Following the competition you can get an autograph or take a selfie with Olivia!

And if you come early you can see her take part in some mini Olympic activities from 2.30 or listen to her speak in a Q&A session (3.30-4pm).

Mini Olympic activities

Take part in archery in the Nicholas St Precinct

Take part in mini Olympic activities set up throughout the Nicholas St Precinct on Friday July 23, Monday July 26- Friday July 30 and Monday August 2- Friday August 6.

There will be basketball, badminton, soccer, table tennis, archery and netball from 9am-5pm.

Meet and greet sporting heroes

Ipswich local and Olympic Weightlifter, Deborah Acason

Starting with Olivia Vivian on Friday July 23 you can meet Olympic sporting heroes in Nicholas St while the games are on.

The sessions will be MC’d by Dave Dobbo Dobbin and will see the sports stars take part in mini Olympics activities, followed by a Q&A session, a bit of healthy competition and a meet and greet session with autographs and selfies.

On Tuesday July 27 see Olympian Deborah Acason, the Ipswich local is an Olympic weightlifter!  She will be around from 10am – 2pm.  Take part in a weightlifting inspired activity with Deborah from 11.45am-12.30pm.

Then on Friday July 30 see Olympian Robbie McEwen.  The Olympic cyclist and three time Tour de France green jersey winner will be taking part in mini Olympic activates from 10am-11am, Q&A from 11-11.30am a bike ‘n’ blend challenge from 11.45am-12.30am and a meet and greet from 12.30-1.30pm.

See the games on the big screen


From 9am-5pm see live coverage of the games on the Tulmur big screen!

Coverage will be daily from Friday July 23- Sunday August 8.

Food trucks and children’s activities

Children's activities and craft

Weekdays from 9am-5pm children will delight in activities and craft projects.

And you will be able to order from food trucks in the Nicholas St Precinct.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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