Thrilled Australians petition to have Sydney Olympic child star Nikki Webster perform at 2032 Games after Brisbane wins the wink as host
- The former child star captured the hearts of the world at the 2000 Olympics
- Channel Nine host Deborah Knight wants Nikki to headline the 2032 Games
- Nikki, 34, has two children, is on board and encouraging people to draw
An unexpected petition has called on Nikki Webster to lead the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane – and the mother of two is on board.
The former child star captured the hearts of the world at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Games at the tender age of 13 – and she could be ready to do it all.
After it was announced on Wednesday that the Sunshine State has won its bid to host the Games in 11 years, veteran Channel Nine host Deborah Knight personally wrote a petition on Change.org to secure the 34-year-old mother’s spot on the program. . .
Pictured: Nikki Webster aged 13 at the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony
Pictured: Nikki Webster sings Under the Southern Skies at the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony
In a public appeal to the Queensland Government and the Australian Olympic Committee, Ms Knight wrote: “With her long curly hair and bright pink floral dress, 13-year-old Nikki Webster was our ‘heroine’.”
“Now that Brisbane has been voted the preferred candidate by the IOC, we want Nikki back on the podium at the opening ceremony in 2032.”
Nikki, who will be 45 by the time the Olympics come to Brisbane, fully supports the idea and encourages her Instagram followers to sign the petition — which fell flat on Thursday with just 300 signatures.
“The beautiful Deborah Knight has started a fun petition… it would be great to be involved… it would be great if you took the time to sign,” she wrote.
Pictured: Nikki Webster, 34, with her children Skylar, five, and Malachi, who is two
Pictured: Channel Nine journalist Deborah Knight, who wrote a petition calling for Nikki Webster to perform at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics
Her fans were overjoyed and agreed that Nikki should definitely headline the show.
“It would be a crime against the nation if you weren’t,” wrote one enthusiastic follower.
“Strawberry kisses remix,” another suggested, referring to the hit she released at age 13.
Others thought the local celebrity should perform with her five-year-old daughter Skylar, who will be 16 when the Games take place in Australia.
Nikki Webster (pictured with a torch from the Sydney Olympics) supported the petition and encouraged others to sign
Nikki will be 45 by the time the Games return to Australia, and her daughter Skylar will be 16
“Skylar can be you and you can be Kylie!” someone wrote, referring to the iconic moment in the opening ceremony when national treasure Kylie Minogue burst onto stage performing with a young Nikki.
Another fan said, “Maybe you can do the Kylie thing from Sydney that played the grown-up hero girl, but I think the grown-up version of that floral dress is in a museum collection somewhere.”
Not much is known about Skylar’s musical prowess, but she looks like a copy of her mother and was photographed in the same pink Hawaiian dress Nikki wore during the Under the Southern Skies performance.
Since the Olympics threw her overboard in Australia, Nikki has opened three dance schools, released eight albums and co-wrote a children’s book with her brother Scott called Dare To Dream.