It may be 10 years out from the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, but there’s no time to waste when it comes to producing home-grown athletes.
The junior athletes of today will hopefully be Australian champions when the games roll around.
To nurture their talents the State Government has opened a new gym and sports science lab at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
The Premier has also welcomed 11 new coaches specialising in Olympic and Paralympic sports who will be mentored by top Queensland and international coaches.
With nearly a quarter of the Australia’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Team made up of Queenslanders, one coach will focus exclusively on Para-Swimming.
“Part of the reason to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to provide the children of today the opportunity to compete in an Olympic and Paralympic Games on home soil,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“This is for those children swimming extra laps and running an extra lap on the school oval.
“We want them to aspire to come to the Queensland Academy of Sport and achieve their best.”
Queenslanders are no strangers to Olympic success.
Jakara Anthony, from Cairns, just won gold in Women’s freestyle skiing at the Beijing Winter Olympics and Jacklyn Narracott, who was born in Brisbane, won silver in the Women’s Skeleton.