Party venue is gold for Aussie medallists

ATHLETES who win gold in London this Olympics will not only get a medal to wear but will be shouted a cocktail laced with 24 carat gold.


Costing 2012 pounds a bottle, the champagne-based drink is to be served at the Last Lap, the Australian concept bar created exclusively for athletes and their guests.

"If they win the gold they will get to drink it," Last Lap founder and Olympic swimming medalist Rob Woodhouse said as he sampled the drink.

Last Lap has teamed up with legendary London nightspot Chinawhite to serve the drink to gold medal winners from any nation.



Conceivably tens of thousands of dollars will be consumed during the 17 days of the Games competition.

Woodhouse created Last Lap for the Sydney 2000 Games after recognizing that athletes, particularly high profile ones, needed a sanctuary where they could unwind, relax and party with fellow athletes after their events finish.

During Sydney more than 33,000 people visited the bar.

In London it is already the hottest ticket in town and organisers expect to have to turn some athletes away.

"Australians, wherever they go in the world, even though these are the British Games, they are being asked in the village 'where do we go after?'," said Woodhouse, who is also sports manager for a number of Britain's top athletes including cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

"We will get athletes from all over the world, just like we did in Sydney, but we may not get everyone in because it is a more exclusive club. It will be first come first served."

But he did add he would find space if the Royal princes Harry and William dropped by.

Three-time Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein will be a guest DJ.



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