The emblem represents the figure of an athlete, using typical Australian shapes and colours. The boomerangs and suggestions of sun and rocks, together with the colours of the harbour, beaches and red interior invoke the unique Australian landscape and its original inhabitants. The flash, which transforms the silhouette of Sydney Opera House into a trail of smoke from an Olympic torch, recalls the emblem of Sydney’s Olympic candidature.
To reflect a diversity of styles and techniques, the Organizing Committee asked several poster designers from a wide range of different creative and cultural backgrounds to create posters. In total, 50 posters were published. The official poster was selected from creations presented in the following four categories: “School children’s work”, “Sydney 2000 emblems”, “Mascots” and “Posters”.