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Canberra’s Olympic hopefuls celebrated with new mural

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Three Canberran Olympic hopefuls have been immortalised in a new mural by Queensland artist Matty Bro, adding colour to Canberra Centre’s basement level 1 car park.

Mariana Tolo, Australian basketball player for the University of Canberra Capitals in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League, and one of the three Olympic hopefuls featured on the mural, said she’s thrilled to have the backing of the Canberra public as she prepares for the upcoming qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics.

“I love Canberra and its community and am proud to be a part of it,” Ms Tolo said. “I have grown with the city and experienced so many special moments here, including winning WNBL championships in 2019, 2018 and 2009 in front of a packed AIS arena. I love the way Canberra gets behind women’s sport in particular and I am so thankful for that.”

Featured alongside Ms Tolo in the mural are Caroline Buchanan, three times BMX World Champion, five times Mountain Bike World Champion and dual Olympian athlete, and Ethan Copeland, a rising star in the skateboarding community.

“Being a Canberra athlete is my stomping ground, it’s the roots that launched my international BMX and Mountain Biking career. The facilities, community and relationships here are what formed a solid foundation for my success. I am so proud to always come home to the Nation’s capital and call it home” Ms Buchanan said.

Canberra Centre General Manager Gary Stewart said the Centre was pleased to unveil the new artwork, to celebrate the achievements of three Canberran sporting personalities.

“We’re proud to use this space in the Centre to showcase our community’s local sporting heroes as they prepare for one of the biggest moments in their careers”, Mr Stewart said.

You can find the mural in the basement level 1 car park underneath Coles.

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