The almighty roar from the packed MCG as Australian Marathon champion Kerryn McCann entered the stadium, and her emotional victory lap with her son, have been heralded as the Most Memorable Moment of the Games by a panel of Australia’s leading sports and news identities.
Two-time Commonwealth gold winner Kerryn McCann crosses the line at the MCG in the women's Marathon.
Australia Post have captured the moment in a special sheetlet of 10 stamps which will be available from metropolitan postal outlets around the country by midday Wednesday 29 March.
The panel which decided on the Most Memorable Moment includes leading sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, 3AW's Neil Mitchell , sports journalist for the Herald Sun Ron Reed, Channel Nine's Nicole Livingstone and The Age's Games reporter Peter Ker. The Games was represented by Chairman Ron Walker and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association was represented by Chief Executive Officer Perry Crosswhite.
The panel was asked to choose the moment that reflected the spirit of the Games and was a moment worthy of celebration.
In a truly memorable race, McCann led throughout, only being headed once at the 10 kilometre mark.
"If the people weren't out there I wouldn't have gotten a gold medal today," an exhausted McCann told Channel Nine after the event.
"I came through the tunnel and heard the crowd roar. That wasn't me running that last 300 metres," McCann said.
“We are delighted with the panel’s choice, and believe that the sheetlet truly reflects the spirit of what has been a great event,” stated Mr Noel Leahy, Group Manager Philatelic, Australia Post. “This is the perfect way for Australia Post to conclude our support of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and our hugely successful instant stamp program.”
Australia Post has released a sheetlet of five stamps for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and 14 Australian Commonwealth champions sheetlets during the Games.
For more information, visit the Instant Stamps section of the Australia Post Website.