- Last updated:
- 03 Sep 2021
Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) announcement this evening that Brisbane has secured the rights to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Sunshine Coast will play an integral role in Brisbane 2032. It will be home to four key venues and several sporting events during the Olympic Games. These include football, basketball, marathon, mountain biking, cycling and kiteboarding.
The Sunshine Coast will also host multiple days of road-based events (marathon and road cycling) during the 2032 Paralympic Games.
The four proposed Sunshine Coast venues include:
- Kawana Precinct including Sunshine Coast Stadium (football preliminaries). Also the proposed Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre (basketball preliminaries). Note that further investigations into a possible indoor sports centre location for the Maroochydore city centre are to be undertaken.
- Alexandra Headland which will be the staging area for road based events (Olympic cycling, marathon and race walks, plus Paralympic cycling and marathon). It will also host the kiteboarding competition (sailing).
- Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Centre at Parklands (Olympic mountain bike competition)
- Sunshine Coast Olympic Village to be located in the heart of the new Maroochydore city centre.
In addition to the built venues, the Sunshine Coast is proposed as the host location for:
- cycling (road, time trials and Paralympic disciplines)
- marathon (walk, run and Paralympic disciplines)
This will provide an outstanding opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and attractions of our coastline and our hinterland to a global audience.
An independent economic assessment by KPMG, commissioned by the Queensland Government, has indicated the Games will deliver a total benefit of $8.1 billion for Queensland, and $17.61 billion for Australia.
The report also found that the Games would create 91,600 full time equivalent jobs for Queensland.
The games proposal will evolve over the next 11 years.
Sunshine Coast residents proudly sported their green and gold gear on Wednesday 21 July and joined in the historic countdown to the International Olympic Committee’s decision on who would host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The date with destiny took place at a free family event – Olympics Live presented by Westpac – at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, where residents had a go at a spectacular line-up of Olympic-style events and met their Sunshine Coast Olympic and Paralympic heroes.
The large screen at the amphitheatre televised the announcement of the IOC’s decision live.
Residents, schools and sporting organisations joined in the fun to be part of history. We watched the big screen as we crossed live to Tokyo and the IOC President, Thomas Bach.
We also cheered on our current crop of Olympians and Paralympians who were representing Australia in Tokyo.
The Olympic and Paralympic games will create jobs across generations in a way that we’ve not experienced in Queensland before.
The Sunshine Coast is well positioned to potentially stage several events.