Redlands Olympic, Paralympic athletes praised for medal winning performances at 2020 Tokyo Games

REDLANDS Olympic and Paralympic athletes have earned praise for their medal winning performances in Tokyo.

HIGH FLYER: Former Redlander Melissa Wu won bronze in the women's 10m platform final.

HIGH FLYER: Former Redlander Melissa Wu won bronze in the women's 10m platform final.

Swimmers Paige Leonhardt and Jake Michel won silver in their respective events, while former Redlander Melissa Wu claimed her first individual Olympic medal in the women's 10m platform final.

Russell Island resident Mara Stransky finished 14th in the women's laser radial class on her Olympic debut, and BMX rider Logan Martin - who lives at Crestmead but trained in Redlands - claimed gold.

Other Redlands athletes on show in Tokyo included diver Cassiel Roussea, gymnast Alannah Mathews, Matilda Emily Gielnik and rugby star Shannon Parry.

Mayor Karen Williams, speaking in a council meeting on Wednesday, said the results were a reminder of the excellence achieved at local sports clubs.

"Well done to those coaches, supporters and of course families who have helped these athletes do us proud," she said.

"Just imagine the long list of athletes we will have when we get to 2032, being able to be a host of a venue for the Brisbane Olympics."

The games are expected to deliver about $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland, and $17.6 billion nationally.

Cr Williams said the sportsmanship of Redlands athletes was a big takeaway from the games, particularly the Paralympics.

"They gave us some really thrilling moments and some real insights into the determination and dedication required to be such elite athletes," she said.

"They are bringing some medals back to Redlands Coast."

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