Brisbane 2032

Episode 6 December 21, 2021 00:12:25
Brisbane 2032
Choice and Control
Brisbane 2032

Dec 21 2021 | 00:12:25

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This year we not only had the excitement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, we found out that Brisbane will be the host city in 2032.

It's a great opportunity to boost the profile of parasport of all kinds and at all levels, and to get new sporting facilities with the very best accessibility built in.

In this episode we talk about preparations for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games, and some of the opportunities and challenges along the way.

We'll hear from Paralympians Bridie Keen and Ella Sabiljak, head coach of the Australian Paralympic swimming team Brendan Burkett, and Dr Iain Dutia, a parasport classifier and researcher specialising in athletes with high support needs.

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Speaker 0 00:00:00 You've heard of the national disability insurance scheme, but how much do you know about it? Find out what it means, how it works and how to apply for access at carers Queensland's free workshop. Understanding the NDI S find out more, check for events coming up near year and book your spot [email protected]. You can also call us on 1300 triple 9, 6 3 6 Speaker 0 00:00:32 Joyce and control a podcast, celebrating people with disability brought to you by carers Queensland, indice, local area coordination partner in the community. This year, we not only had the excitement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games. We found out that Brisbane will be the host city in 2032. That's big news for tourism and business and for the sporting world. It's also a great opportunity to boost the profile of Paris sport of all kinds, and to get new sporting facilities with the very best accessibility built in Paralympian. Bridey keen represented Australia in wheelchair basketball at the Beijing and London games. And she was instrumental in securing the host city on the, for Brisbane. Speaker 2 00:01:18 It was an opportunity. I never thought it never even crossed my mind that I could, could do something like that when I was an athlete and having retired long, retired into 2015, it was, um, it was a real honor Paralympics Australia contacted me in the bid process and asked me to, uh, be the Paralympic athlete to represent the Paralympic movement. Um, and so it came a lot of honor and a fair bit of responsibility in terms of wanting to make sure I could convey what was important to the Paralympic movement, but the process was really cool to be a part of. There was the ability for us to talk about and for, to consider what 2032, um, can have in terms of impact for the greater community. The greater disabled community was something that just made it such a surreal thing to be a part of, to sort of think, okay, what could we really achieve having this 10, 10 year plus runway into the games and not just for our Paralympic athletes, although that will be important component, but just to be the most accessible place in the universe would be a nice outcome of the 20, 32 games. Speaker 2 00:02:28 And it had Speaker 3 00:02:29 You think we can get there. What do we need to do for Paralympic athletes before the games to make sure this Speaker 2 00:02:36 For me and I, I I'm learning then I love hearing other people's opinions about how we can, how we can create it. But for me, I think, again, it goes back to a mindset that we don't, we don't even know what technology can achieve in 10 years time in terms of providing better inclusion and access for Paralympic athletes, but also disabled people in Queensland. So if we don't know what technology can do, I think what we need to know is what we're trying to achieve, and that is true inclusion, truly accessible environment. And it goes back to, I think, you know, even social models of disability, where we think about how it is our environment that can create barriers, not necessarily our physical or intellectual impairments. And so what do we need to change in our society that will will mean that we didn't have equitable experiences of places and employment and education. Speaker 2 00:03:33 And so I think that on a small scale, reverse inclusion is doing that in your true basketball. We're saying we need to have a wheelchair sport included just like you have netball included, or just like you have basketball included in, in sports that Australian, um, students will play. And that's one space where you're going in with an inclusive mindset, not an add on something for a person with a disability to do at the same time as everyone else. And so if we've rolled that out to society in terms of what prosthetics and wheelchairs and the spaces that we access will look like it, I can't even imagine what we could achieve by 2032, but the key to doing it is to just be having those conversations and for the, for people who are planning and making those decisions to be thinking inclusively from the outset, Speaker 0 00:04:26 Queensland's now has an organizing committee to oversee our preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic games. It looks after everything from the sports program itself to the torch relay cultural events and the athletes accommodation. One of the 14 people on the committee is three time gold medalist, Kurt Fearnley as Paralympic representative. He reckons from an athlete's perspective, there's not a reason Brisbane 32 can't be the best games ever. Ella Sabal. Jack is another Paralympian who's working to make sure people with disability are a part of every conversation that affects them. She's positive Paralympic Australia's athlete commission, and she's really pleased to hear the Kurt's on the organizing committee for 2032. Speaker 2 00:05:07 We just got to sit on the 32 committee that will help give a pilot Kim's perspective on how we can create such an inclusive games. And I think for us, we, we want to have a Paralympian in every state of every board and commission, because if we're not represented, if people with disabilities aren't represented, it's not going to be an inclusive game. So we're trying to get potentially someone on it, you know, in every, in every board meeting or whatever, maybe we are trying our hardest to be inclusive so that the games can be the most inclusive games. Absolutely. Cause you have to start doing that now, don't you? Yeah, yeah, absolutely. Because if we think we have the conversations now than when it to crunch time, it's not going to be a shock and people aren't going to, you know, they haven't planned for it or whatever else. So we're we trying out our best to hopefully get it all in place. And I know to family and will be a great leader in, in that space. So yeah, Speaker 0 00:06:15 Brendan Burkett is the head coach of Australia's Paralympic swimming team. He says the games in 2032 is an opportunity to raise the profile of Paris sports to an equal 14 with their Olympic counterparts. Speaker 4 00:06:27 As we saw her in Australia about the 2018 Commonwealth games tend to go cust you know, having the power of events and again, another level of, um, profile, you know, around the country. And I think that's really important just to show that inclusivity, um, and recognize that, you know, some people are different and there's no point choice. Um, but how do we make it all work for everybody? So, you know, I think the success of the Commonwealth games, and again, a profile increased in Tokyo this year, um, by the time 2032 comes around, hopefully we've really reduced that down. So there is very little differentiation across those impairment profiles and between an able and a power athlete Speaker 0 00:07:10 Getting started with your first national disability insurance scheme plan, get off to a strong start with carers. Queensland's free workshop using your indice plans, learn how to use your funding work with service providers and use the, my place portal. Find out more check for events coming up near year and book your spot [email protected]. You can also call us on 1300 triple 9, 63 6, Dr. Ian dirtier is a pair of sports classifier and the researcher with the university of Queensland with a particular focus on athletes with disability will need a lot of sporting facilities built or upgraded as we get ready for the Olympic and Paralympic games. And Ian says, that's an opportunity to improve the infrastructure to benefit all Queenslanders. Speaker 5 00:08:00 We've got such an opportunity. It's an exciting, exciting time to, to build infrastructure, which is truly groundbreaking, combining, uh, elite sport facilities with facilities that cater for people with complex disability. That's that's new that's, um, that's groundbreaking. And I'm talking about, you know, 50 meter pools, indoor, heated, but with, you know, Silicon ceiling track hoists, um, so that, you know, you're S ones and twos can get in and train. Like everybody else seemed to accessibility in pools is such a good example because it's so hard even up here in Queensland where it's warm for most of the year. So there's still times where we just can't train outside and suddenly it's quite hard to find a pool because all the pools were outside. Yeah. We've got such an opportunity in the next 10 years to get the infrastructure right, and really highlight the, the need to invest in athletes with high support needs. So we can have the most inclusive games Speaker 0 00:08:55 Ever in 2032, seeing our Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the top of their game can be a great inspiration for the rest of us to be a bit more active or maybe suss out of the sport. We've never tried before Bridey keen says, this is a great opportunity to get more people of all abilities engaged with sport. Speaker 2 00:09:13 When I look at it, I get overwhelmed with how much opportunity there is. And I think it's something that if we know what areas we want to make a change in, we can sort of work toward those areas because I sort of see this, this spectrum of opportunity with the gains. I see it as something that can be a goal for aspiring Paralympic athletes to reach the pinnacle of sport and play a home games. And that that's something I didn't experience, but I can imagine it would be a highlight and, um, a remarkable opportunity for an athlete. But then what is so great about working with Paralympics Australia? And I was talking to the Paralympics Australia CEO today, that one that they had committing to getting more people with their disability involved in Paris sport, not with the goal of everyone going to that heartfulness level, but just to ensure that sport is more accessible for more people. Speaker 2 00:10:13 And so I think that in terms of 2032, we're going to see so much in that high-performance space. And it is really exciting, but I I'm most, yeah, I'm probably most excited about what it's going to mean for grassroots and social sport, because I just think everybody who wants to play sport should have the opportunity to, and I love that para sport opens that up for so many more people. Um, I played sport on the weekend. I just played in a wheelchair tennis tournament night. Didn't do very well at all, but it was fun to be able to play, play a competitive game of wheelchair tennis. Um, and I just hoped that 2030 to translate to people playing the sport that may didn't mean thought that they, there weren't sporting opportunities available to them and opens up the door to more accessible venues, more power sports in our community, and just more opportunities to be involved in sport. Speaker 0 00:11:12 Absolutely. And where were you being? 2032. Speaker 2 00:11:16 I'll be, I'll be hopefully, hopefully at every single sport watching, watching them all, but I'm not going to miss the wheelchair basketball, the women's boots or basketball. I'm already so excited for what our Australian women's wheelchair basketball team is going to produce in 2032. And I know a lot of those players are not playing the sport yet. So if you are a young female with a disability, interested in the best sport in the world, um, please get involved in wheelchair basketball, Speaker 0 00:11:43 Little plug there. Thanks for joining us a choice and control a carers Queensland podcast. For more information about the national disability insurance scheme or carers Queensland, contact us [email protected]. You can call us on one, 300 triple 9, 6, 3, 6, or head to Facebook and look for carers Queensland and the Iris

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