Australia 2004 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, Athens
- Issue Date : 3 August 2004
- Designed by : Chris Shurey
- Printed by : SNP Sprint
- Print Process : Lithography
- Perforations : 14 x 14½
- Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm
- Format: Sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
This issue commemorates the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Athens in August and September 2004. The stamps celebrate competition at the highest international level with colourful stylised illustrations of athletes in three sports/disciplines common to Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two stamps illustrate Olympic competition and the third stamp illustrates Paralympic competition.
50c Swimming Stamp
There have been many great Australian swimmers and many Australian sporting highlights have occurred in Olympic swimming events. Swimming is a discipline within Aquatics in the Olympic Games; it is a sport in the Paralympic Games.
$1.65 Athletics Stamp
Within Athletics are some of the oldest forms of organised sport. Broadly characterised as “running, jumping and throwing” activities, that description doesn’t do justice to the high energy excitement of athletics competition. Australia won gold and silver medals in Athletics at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and gold, silver and bronze at the 2000 Paralympic Games.
$1.65 Cycling Stamp
The Paralympic Games Cycling program includes two disciplines: Road Cycling and Track Cycling (Olympic competition includes a third discipline, Mountain Bike). Olympic and Paralympic rules and regulations governing cycling are the same, although in Paralympic competition modifications to bicycles are allowed. At the 2000 Paralympic Games, Australia was the top cycling nation, winning a total of 21 medals – ten of them gold.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000.