The project, which was completed in June 2022, memorialises the Olympic great through a mixed display of images, words and paraphernalia used by the four times Olympian in her sporting career.
The display includes the bikes that Meares rode to Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics and the medals she won – donated under agreement for display.
Sleeman Sports Complex Manager Angus Macdonald said it was great to be able to memorialise the sporting great at the venue.
“We’re thrilled to unveil the Anna Meares memorabilia display here at the home of track cycling in Queensland, Sleeman Sport Complex – it means a lot to us,” he said.
“Anna is an Australian sporting legend and we’re so excited to have her legacy live on here at Sleeman and provide inspiration for everyone that comes through the velodrome.”
Meares she said she was overcome with emotion when she saw footage of the new display.
“It is just wonderful – seeing the display on video gave me goose bumps and made me a bit teary,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to showing my family.”
The Anna Meares Velodrome was designed by COX Architects in Queensland and opened in November 2016. Purposely built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the stadium can house up to 1500 spectator, and expand to accommodate a further 2000 spectators for major events.
Meares is the first Australian to win individual medals in four consecutive Olympics. She won her first Olympic gold medal in the 500m time trial setting a world record time of 33.952 seconds becoming the first woman in history to ride sub 34 seconds and the first Australian female to win Olympic gold on the velodrome.