On Social Media, the #OLYMPICDAY hashtag is taking off. Large numbers of athletes, from international stars Cathy Freeman, Chris Froom, Janet Evans to national Olympic committees like Austrailian and USA, national and international federations World Rugby 7’s, Paris 2024, are enthusiastically promoting and organising Olympic Day events on June 23. The message is the same each time: get active!

Olympic Day is a global celebration of the founding of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic Movement by Pierre de Coubertain in 1894.

The WOA is delighted to be able to help NOAs and Olympians mark Olympic Day so they can host special events, activities and festivals and ensure that the positive values of the Olympic Movement, excellence, friendship and respect, are promoted. Olympians are encouraging young and old alike to get involved in sport, cultural and educational activities. The day emphasises the place sport has in society and how sport can assist communities to foster social cohesion and tolerance in order to achieve goodwill.

The three pillars of Olympic Day are movelearn and discover. Through these messages, sports organisations today are promoting the benefits of physical exercise, inspiring people to get active and enabling them to discover new sports while embracing the Olympic ideals regardless of ability or background.

Olympic Day events being held today with the support of Olympians include a multi-sports demonstration and runs all around the world. An Olympic Day highlight involves Australian Olympians, as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Education Programme, visiting schools around the country to promote Olympic values and share their experiences of how sport has changed their lives.

Throughout the international celebration on June 23, members of the public are invited to capture highlights from their involvement in Olympic Day events by sharing photos on social media under the hashtag #OlympicDay.

Both football world champions and Olympic medallists, Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Spanish defender Carles Puyol fondly remember taking part in the Games and are getting involved with Olympic Day! Like many other athletes, they want everyone to get active on 23 June. The legendary FC Barcelona player has posted a video of highlights of his Sydney 2000 exploits, writing “great memories!” to inspire his 9.93 million Twitter followers.

The Vancouver 2010 ice skating queen, Yuna Kim, has posted a video of her outstanding achievements on skates with the message: “At the @Olympics, I did this. Let it inspire you to get active for #OlympicDay on 23 June. What are you going to do?”

Rio 2016 team artistic gymnastics gold medallist Madison Kocian has chosen this message: “My experience at the Olympics was unforgettable. Hopefully it inspires you to get active for #OlympicDay on June 23rd! What are you going to do to celebrate Olympic Day?”