Australia 1999 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Emblem
- Issue Date: 14 September 1999
- Designed by: FHA Image Design
- Printed by: McPherson's Printing
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14½ x 14
- Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
- Format: sheetlets of 10
- Withdrawal date: 31 December 2000
Also known as the ‘Millennium Athlete’, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games emblem features the figure of an athlete formed by instantly recognisable shapes and colours. The figure symbolises the speed and agility of an athlete moving toward the new millennium. The colours of the athlete reflect the blue of the harbor, the yellow of the sun and the red of the earth. The three boomerangs comprising the body of the athlete acknowledge the importance of Australia’s indigenous culture.
Australia has the rare distinction of having been represented at every summer Olympic Games of the modern era. Greece is the only other nation that has demonstrated its commitment to the modern Olympic movement in this manner.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000.