The Hon. Anika Wells MP, Minister for Sport, Australian Federal Government, delivering the Opening Address at the ONOC Inaugural Brisbane 2032 STEP-UP OCEANIA Conference in Brisbane. | Photo: ONOC

BRISBANE, 15 MAY 2023 (ONOC) — The Australian Government is determined to ensure the Green & Gold Runway culminating in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games’ benefits extend beyond Australia and reach the Pacific Islands.

Speaking at the Oceania National Olympic Committees’ (ONOC) inaugural Brisbane 2032 STEP-UP OCEANIA Conference, Anika Wells MP, Australia’s Minister for Sport said, “The Australian Government understands the importance of working in genuine partnership with Pacific Island countries.

“Brisbane 2032 will extend legacies of the Games beyond Brisbane, beyond Queensland, and beyond Australia’s borders to the Pacific and Oceania region.

“We must do more than take the opportunities and seize the moments; we must generate the opportunities, we must create the moments, and ensure they ripple outwards to the Oceania region.”

B2032 Sport for development outcomes, focus on women and girls, diversity 

Hon. Wells said, “Our mission for Brisbane 2032 is to foster greater participation in sport so more people reap the preventive health, social inclusion, and connectivity benefits it provides.

“Brisbane 2032 can be the driver for greater sporting equality in Australia and beyond.

“We need more pathways for female leadership, more incentives for girls to pursue sporting passions, more mechanisms that protect our vulnerable, more professional competitions that foster talent, an ecosystem where genders are treated equally.”

Hon. Wells added that the role of Minister for Sport is to ensure that the Australian Government’s AUD$3.4 billion commitment to investing in ensuring world-leading, purpose-built infrastructure is for people.

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