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QAS opens new National Throws Centre of Excellence

01 February 2023

The new National Throws Centre of Excellence is a high-tech, high-performance training centre that will help Queensland stars of discus, shot put, javelin, hammer throw and decathlon achieve international success.

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) has opened its new National Throws Centre of Excellence, providing world-class training and performance support for athletes preparing for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

Queensland athletes are now set to gain a competitive edge with the unveiling of this high-tech, state-of-the-art training complex. Funded by QAS in partnership with Athletics Australia (AA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), it provides consistent conditions for discus throwers, shot put, javelin, and hammer as well as decathletes to train no matter the weather conditions - setting them up for success!

This carbon neutral building stands to give Queensland athletes the competitive advantage that they need on the road to the Brisbane 2032 Games. Furthermore, it will help accelerate the QAS’ vision of Inspiring Extraordinary Sporting Success.

The Queensland Academy of Sport Chief Executive Chelsea Warr expressed her utmost appreciation for the critical partnership between Athletics Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and Stadiums Queensland which helped pave the way for the successful delivery of yet another high performance centre.

“This excellent partnership ensures our athletes are best prepared to take on the world, and inspire our next generation of 2032 champions,” Ms Warr said.

“As we look towards Paris, LA and of course Brisbane 2032, it is critical that we provide high-tech, world-class, high performance environments for athletes to train including physical facilities and expert performance support staff.”

Athletics Australia’s Andrew Faichney said the National Throws Centre would help fast-track Australian success on the world stage.

“There’s no doubt the opening of the National Throws Centre signifies the beginning of something great as we look ahead to the upcoming Olympics in Brisbane 2032,” he said.

“We are excited to see how this infrastructure gives the next generation of throwers a significant boost in their pursuit of excellence.”

Two-time World Javelin Champion, Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic medallist Kelsey-Lee Barber, Olympic discus thrower and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Matt Denny and Olympic decathlon bronze medallist Ash Moloney are among the QAS-supported Queensland throws athletes now training at the National Throws Centre.

“The facility is world-class and gives me the perfect environment to continue to train towards more World Championship and Olympic gold,” Ms Barber said.

“I hope we can continue to build a strong culture of success in throws events through to Brisbane 2032 and beyond."

Contact: QAS Media

Last updated: 01 Feb 2023