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QAS celebrates one year to go

24 July 2020

With thanks to the Queensland Olympic Council (QOC), the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) today celebrated one year to go until the Tokyo 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The event marked the beginning of a rebuilding process towards the 2021 Games following the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration provided guests with the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of QAS-supported athletes on the international stage and recognise those who will realise their Olympic and Paralympic dreams next year.

Among the attendees were four of the Academy’s top athletes of all time; Chris Scott (para cycling), Andrew Trim (canoe sprint), Naomi McCarthy (nee Castle) (water polo) and Ken Wallace (canoe sprint). The alumni spoke with the QAS’ very own Mark Knowles and reflected on their experiences which saw them collect a cumulative total of nine Olympic and Paralympic gold medals.

Meanwhile, Taliqua Clancy (beach volleyball), Matt Denny (athletics) and Bronwen Knox (water polo) gathered to represent the current athletes who have either already secured qualification or are vying to earn their spot on the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams. In their speaking with MC and newly appointed QAS Executive Director of Elite Success and Partnerships, Natalie Cook, the athletes relayed the challenges they have faced this year as a result of the Games’ postponement.

Champion discus-thrower, Matt Denny, expressed his gratitude for the ongoing support of the QOC and QAS and their assistance in navigating such unprecedented circumstances. With that, he hopes to realise his dream of Olympic glory next year in the men’s discus.

The QAS would like to thank the QOC for their generous hosting of the celebration and look forward to seeing what is to come in the next 12-months.

From left to right: Rachel Presser (artistic swimming), Tamieka Whitefield (softball), Bronwen Knox (water polo), Naomi McCarthy (nee Castle) (water polo) and Matt Denny (athletics).

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24 July 2020