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Nikki Webster reacts to calls for her to perform at the 2032 Brisbane Games

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Nikki Webster reacts to calls for her to perform at the 2032 Brisbane Games

She became an overnight sensation after performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

And Nikki Webster has responded to calls for her to back up that performance 32 years later, after a petition was launched to see her appear at the Brisbane Games in 2032.

‘I’d love to perform in Brisbane. Who wouldn’t?’ the mother of two, 34, told Woman’s Day on Monday.

Return to the spotlight? Nikki Webster (pictured in 2010) has responded to calls for her to back up her Sydney Olympic Games performance 32 years later at the upcoming Brisbane Games

Return to the spotlight? Nikki Webster (pictured in 2010) has responded to calls for her to back up her Sydney Olympic Games performance 32 years later at the upcoming Brisbane Games

Return to the spotlight? Nikki Webster (pictured in 2010) has responded to calls for her to back up her Sydney Olympic Games performance 32 years later at the upcoming Brisbane Games

Nikki called TV presenter Deborah Knight’s petition for her return ‘very humbling’.

‘The Olympics are always a very special time for me, so to be thought of in that way is just incredible,’ she added. 

However, Nikki admitted she would make some changes to her now iconic Sydney appearance all those years ago. 

‘I definitely won’t be wearing the pink dress,’ said Nikki, in a nod to the famous floral-print garment she wore in Sydney.

Nikki, who will be 45 when the Brisbane opening ceremony takes place, also revealed she’d be interested in getting her children involved in any potential performance.

Referring to her seven-year-old daughter, Skylah, Webster said she’d ‘absolutely’ let her take part in the ceremony, if asked.

The former child star captured the hearts of the world at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Games in 2000, at the tender age of 13.  

After it was announced last month that the Sunshine State had won its bid to host the Games in 11 years’ time, veteran Channel Nine presenter Deborah Knight personally penned a petition on Change.org to secure Nikki’s spot in the program.

Nikki is pictured at the age of 13 during the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games

Nikki is pictured at the age of 13 during the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games

Nikki is pictured at the age of 13 during the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games 

Pictured: Nikki Webster singing Under the Southern Skies at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony

Pictured: Nikki Webster singing Under the Southern Skies at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony

Pictured: Nikki Webster singing Under the Southern Skies at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony

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In a public appeal addressed to the Queensland state government and the Australian Olympic Committee, Ms Knight wrote: ‘With her long, curly hair and hot pink dress with flowers, 13 year old Nikki Webster was our “Hero Girl”.’

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‘With Brisbane chosen as the preferred candidate by the IOC, we want Nikki back on stage at the Opening Ceremony in 2032.’

Nikki has wholly supported the notion and encouraged her Instagram followers to sign the petition – which fell flat on Thursday with just 300 signatures.

‘The beautiful Deborah Knight started a fun petition … would be incredible to be involved … would love your support if you can take a second to sign,’ she wrote.

Pictured: Nikki with her children Skylar, five, and Malachi, who is two

Pictured: Nikki with her children Skylar, five, and Malachi, who is two

Pictured: Nikki with her children Skylar, five, and Malachi, who is two

Pictured: Channel Nine journalist Deborah Knight, who penned a petition calling for Nikki Webster to perform at the Brisbane Olympics in 2032

Pictured: Channel Nine journalist Deborah Knight, who penned a petition calling for Nikki Webster to perform at the Brisbane Olympics in 2032

Pictured: Channel Nine journalist Deborah Knight, who penned a petition calling for Nikki Webster to perform at the Brisbane Olympics in 2032

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,’ one eager follower wrote.

‘Strawberry kisses remix,’ another suggested, referring to the hit song she released at 13. 

Others thought the local celebrity should perform with her five year-old daughter Skylar, who will be 16 when the Games hit Australia.

‘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 on stage and performed with a young Nikki. 

Another fan said: ‘Maybe you can the do the Kylie thing from Sydney who 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 carbon copy of her mother and has been photographed in the same pink Hawaiian dress Nikki wore while performing Under the Southern Skies. 

Since the Olympics jettisoned her to fame in Australia, Nikki has opened three dance schools, released eight albums and authored a children’s book with her brother Scott called Dare To Dream. 

Nikki will be 45 by the time the Games return to Australia, and her daughter Skylar will be 16

Nikki will be 45 by the time the Games return to Australia, and her daughter Skylar will be 16

Nikki will be 45 by the time the Games return to Australia, and her daughter Skylar will be 16

Nikki Webster reacts to calls for her to perform at the 2032 Brisbane Games

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