‘Have a Go’ – Brisbane 2032 showcases Australian handball

Australia will host the Olympics for the third time in their history, with Brisbane 2032 following in the footsteps of Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.

The Australian city was chosen at the 138th IOC Session on 21 July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, with members accepting the IOC Executive Committee’s proposal made a month earlier.

“Brisbane 2032 is the first future host to be chosen under the new flexible approach to the selection of Olympic hosts and to benefit fully from it. The reforms allow the IOC to work in partnership with cities, regions and countries, to encourage Olympic projects that use a high percentage of existing and temporary venues, that align with long-term development plans and that have a strong vision for sport and local communities “, said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Last week Brisbane marked 10 years before the start of the XXXV Olympic Games with a series of ‘Have a Go’ events showcasing Olympic and Paralympic sports at some of the venues during the Games and other iconic locations around the world . Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Encouraging people of all ages to get involved, the sessions featured several Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, who will be joining the celebrations as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s ‘Green & Gold Runway’ initiative.
Handball was also present at the event, Australia will again have the chance to participate in the competition after having already been featured at Sydney 2000, when the men’s team finished 12th in the tournament, while the women’s team finished 10th.

“It’s very exciting for us to have the Olympics back in Australia on a number of fronts. Obviously for us handball players it is an incredible opportunity, but in a wider sense it provides a great source of inspiration and encouragement for young people to get involved in sport and physical activity. We’re already starting to see thousands of kids getting excited about the sport and looking for opportunities to participate,” says Caleb Gahan, a member of the Australian Men’s National Team who attended the event.

The launch of what ANOC called the “green and gold track” was marked by an event in Brisbane that gave participants the chance to try Olympic sports as part of the “Have a Go” initiative.

Launched at the end of June and running until July 23, exactly 10 years before the start of Brisbane 2032, Have a Go Month aimed to inspire people of all ages to take up sport.

Brisbane 2032 venues were among those laid out for the community to mark “10 years on”.

“Of course it’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase all that Australian handball has to offer and the chance to test yourself against some of the best players in the world in front of a home crowd is a moment the players will remember. for the rest of their lives.

“These Olympics will also give us a tremendous opening to showcase handball as a sport in Australia. I started playing handball myself after watching it at the Sydney Olympics and I hope that after Brisbane 2032 we will have thousands of kids who have been inspired to come and try our incredible sport,” added Gahan.

The vision and plan for the Brisbane 2032 Games fits in this context with long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, while complementing the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agendas 2020 and 2020+5. Brisbane 2032 will be a great platform to showcase all these improvements, while focusing on delivering memorable sporting experiences for athletes and fans.

Therefore, the development of sports, including handball, has become a priority in Australia, especially since the countdown to Brisbane 2032 has already begun.

For handball in Australia, this edition of the Olympics could be crucial as the sport will definitely gain more popularity and be developed further.

“We are starting to see a cultural change with a focus on recruiting and developing young Australian athletes and a huge amount of work is going into creating a National League here in Australia so that those young players can participate in high level competition. more regularly.

“With the support of the IHF and the Australian Olympic Committee, we have already made significant strides in establishing a National League as well as increasing our visibility in schools and community groups across the country. I personally can’t wait to see how many people are playing handball in Australia in 2033 after the Brisbane 2032 Olympics,” concludes Gahan.

Photos: 2022 Getty Images / Australian Olympic Committee

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