Lunar New Year celebrations arrived early at The Perth Mint today with a surprise visit by Chinese Olympic swimming sensation Ye Shiwen.
The 16 year-old won gold at London 2012 in the 400 metres and 200 metres individual medley, setting a new world record in the 400m event and an Olympic record in the 200m event.
No stranger to Australia, the young Chinese swimmer trains regularly in Brisbane. She’s currently on this side of the continent competing in the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.
Ye, who was born in the Year of the Mouse, was delighted to meet Ing Ing Jong, the designer of our 2013 Year of the Snake coin program, which is proving extremely popular in the run up to New Year festivities on 10 February.