27 September 2023

Sport academy in search for 2032 Games stars

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The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) has launched its Youfor2032 Queensland athlete search for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport, Stirling Hinchliffe said Youfor2032 was Australia’s largest-ever athlete talent identification program.

“Registrations are open, giving coaches, teachers and parents the chance to nominate aspiring young Queensland athletes for a fast-track to the medal winners’ podium at the 2032 Games,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Initially the QAS anticipates up to 50,000 Youfor2032 registrations, with talent scouts selecting 20,000 young Queenslanders for comprehensive athletic testing,” he said.

The Minister said each would be assessed for speed, endurance, agility, resilience, cognitive ability, winning mindset and determination for gold in 2032.

Youfor2032 expects to eventually discover around 400 athletes, giving them access to great coaches, excellent facilities and expert support to accelerate development across 17 sports, from triathlon to sprint canoeing,” he said.

Mr Hinchliffe said this would not be the only road to Brisbane 2032.

Youfor2032 is an alternative pathway to help maximise the number of podium-ready Queenslanders for Queensland’s Games,” he said.

“Funding for the QAS has been doubled to $29.3 million to help high-performance experts find and nurture our potential stars of 2032.”

In a statement, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) congratulated the QAS on providing a strong pathway for Queenslanders to play Olympic sport.

Youfor2032 will spread awareness, spark interest in Brisbane 2032 and hopefully inspire young athletes to chase their Olympic dreams,” the AOC said.

Chief Executive Officer of Paralympics Australia, Catherine Clark said a Paralympics at home provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity, not only for emerging para-athletes, but more broadly for people with a disability.

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