Next generation of Olympic hopefuls excited by home Games

Gymnastics Queensland are thrilled with excitement over the International Olympic Committee decision to award Brisbane the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.

Gymnastics Queensland CEO Chris Rushton welcomed the announcement, saying that any Olympic Games is exciting but a Games in our own backyard is truly something to celebrate and will provide enormous benefits to gymnastics in Queensland over the next two decades.

“I want to thank all levels of government who have worked together to see this opportunity come to life, it’s an amazing opportunity to develop and grow gymnastics in Queensland.  With record numbers participating in our sport this year and 7 of the 11 strong Australian gymnastics team at Tokyo from Queensland, it is an exciting time for the gymnastics community across Queensland.” 

Following the announcement 13-year-old Women’s Artistic Gymnast, Ava Costa, who won gold at the Australian Gymnastics Championships earlier this year said the recent announcement has her excited.  

Photo 1: Ava Costa from Premier Gymnastics Academy/ Gymnastics Queensland High Performance Centre pictured on Beam at Australian Gymnastics Championships.

 “The thought of the Olympics coming to Brisbane gives me the extra motivation to keep working hard so that one day I can hopefully reach my goals and be lucky enough to compete for Australia in front of a home crowd.”

Eli Pullen a Men’s Artistic Gymnast said it would be a dream come true to make the Olympics, especially on home ground.

Photo 2: Eli Pullen from Super Performance Centre/ Gymnastics Queensland High Performance Centre pictured on High Bar at Australian Gymnastics Championships.

“The thought of being able to compete in front of my family and friends and everyone who has supported me so far would be amazing,” he said.

Pullen who will be 25 in 2032 said, “I can’t wait to see the development of gymnastics over the next 10 years and is looking forward to the opportunities in which it will bring.” 

Mr Rushton added that whilst the games is eleven years away work is underway to attract a new generation to the sport and hopefully future 2032 Olympians.

“The skills and achievements on show by our gymnasts at Tokyo 2020 will see many children and their parents in awe when watching over the next couple of weeks, but the beauty of gymnastics is seen at local clubs where children learn fundamental movement skills including how to hop, jump, leap and balance which are skills all children need for life.”