Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair Josephine Sukkar says an extended 11-year runway to the Brisbane 2032 Games provides an incredible opportunity to unite the nation through sport.
The ASC, comprising Sport Australia and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), welcomes the International Olympic Committee’s decision to award the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics to Brisbane.
It will be the third time Australia hosts the Games, but this will be by far the longest lead-up – Sydney was announced as hosts in 1993, seven years before the 2000 Games.
“When you consider how successful Sydney 2000 was and how those Games still carry an enormous legacy today, the extended build-up to Brisbane 2032 is an incredible opportunity to again unite Australia through sport, “Ms Sukkar said.
“For a lucky few, competing in Brisbane will represent an opportunity of a lifetime. All of us, however, can benefit from the positive influence of a home Games if we embrace it.
“We must take advantage of the laser-like focus hosting a home Games presents us. It is a chance to drive sport participation, re-invigorate volunteering, elevate our inspiring sporting heroes and continue building our vision for sustainable success across Australian sport.
“There is a golden decade of major events on home soil ahead, with World Cups or World Championships locked in for basketball, cricket, football, and netball, to name some. Every sport needs to take advantage of this generational opportunity, to capture the hearts and minds of Australians. We are ready for this moment.
We acknowledge the hard work of all that have contributed to this successful Brisbane 2032 bid, including the Australian Government, Queensland Government, Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia.”
AIS CEO Peter Conde said the AIS, along with the National Institute Network Sporting Organisations and other high performance partners, had already set strong foundations for a united push towards Brisbane 2032.
“Teamwork can be Australian sport’s greatest strength in the build-up to Brisbane 2032,” Mr Conde said.
“The National High Performance Sport Strategy 2024, signed by all states and territories in 2019, is a great head-start in setting a clear and collective vision for Australian high performance sport. We now have a very strong incentive to produce an even more ambitious National High Performance Strategy with a 2036+ timeframe to ensure we not only take full advantage of the opportunity for a 2032 home Games but that we do so with an eye firmly on the legacy beyond.
“The AIS has already been placing a strong emphasis on coaching development and supporting athlete pathways, including establishing a National Coach Development Taskforce last year. This work is vital in identifying, supporting and progressing our best young sporting talent.”
Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton said the Brisbane 2032 announcement would intensify the focus on growing participation and volunteering numbers.