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International Forum in Elite Sport

8 September 2017

QAS Executive Director Bennett King presented a GC2018 update at the Elite Forum. (Photo credit: GOLDOC)

QAS Executive Director Bennett King presented a GC2018 update at the Elite Forum. (Photo credit: GOLDOC)

Last month Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Executive Director, Bennett King attended the bi-annual International Forum on Elite Sport in Durban, South Africa. Bennett was one of 450 attendees who travelled from all over the globe to gather with an exclusive group of directors, sports scientists, coaches, Olympians/Paralympians and motivational speakers.

The forum provided an opportunity for the elite professionals to discuss sport’s innovation and technological pursuit, the art of talent identification, community engagement, the increasing anti-doping efforts and women in sport. Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Gold Coast’s upcoming Commonwealth Games were also hot topics of conversation with our fearless leader offering a 2018 Games update. As a keynote speaker, Bennett prompted a discussion based on the prior Commonwealth Games’ legacy and the leveraging of government support in the Games’ development and planning.

A more animated performance by South African motivational speaker, Ian Thomas was also a standout presentation amongst the forum’s attendees. Addressing the imperatives of leadership and trust within a team, Thomas presented his twenty years’ worth of knowledge and experience working with lions in his presentation, “The Power of the Pride”. His comparisons between the animal kingdom and mankind were used to promote the need of successful team work and were visibly well-received by the audience.

Sports Scientist for World Rugby, Ross Tucker, also led a successful discussion on “Managing Scarce Resources in a Talent ID Strategic Framework”. Tucker addressed the real world constraints, challenges and opportunities that drive talent identification and management behaviours. A key highlight of Bennett’s trip, Tucker’s presentation promoted the importance of institutional presence within the talent identification space which the QAS will undoubtedly foster and endeavour to develop.

The forum’s scope of discussion certainly emphasised the untouched territory of athletic performance. As a result, Bennett has returned inspired to spend more time on the topical issues of nutrition, competition preparation and psychology. In the effort to discover new ways of placing “old heads on young bodies” the QAS is proving richer for having the opportunity to have a representative at such an elite and exclusive event.

With the highly anticipated forum having been and gone, Bennett has arranged for our Oceanic partners from Papua New Guinea to visit the QAS in the first week of October. The purpose of this visit will be to educate our partners on how the QAS remains at the forefront of domestic and international sport.

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8 September 2017