OLYMPICS BEAMED LIVE ACROSS THE STATE AT FESTIVAL SITES

16th July 2021

The Sunshine Coast will be able to cheer on our athletes and share in the spirit of the Games at a series of free, outdoor Olympics Live sites across the state.

Member for Nicklion, Rob Skelton MP said the kings Beach site will kick off on 21st jukly before the official opening of the Olympics, to coincide with the International Olympic Committee Session that will consider the election of Brisbane as a future host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We have less than a week to go now until we find out the decision at the IOC Session in Tokyo which is a perfect way to kick off both the Tokyo Games and Olympics Live,” said Mr Skelton.

“Sunshine Coast families and locals will love this chance to see live Olympic Sport on the big screen outdoors.

“There will food, athletes, cultural, live interviews and sporting demonstrations to share in the excitement and the atmosphere of the Games.

“There will be at least 13 Live sites across Queensland including a travelling roadshow which will visit Longreach, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton and an Indigenous tour to Yarrabah, Horn Island and Thursday Island.

“Live Olympic action will be broadcast on big screens with on-stage entertainment, meet-and-greets with Olympians and the chance to try out some Olympic sports.”

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said there was no better way of showing our support for Queensland’s Olympic stars than by visiting an Olympics Live site.

“This will be a fantastic time to bond together as a community and share the Olympic spirit while cheering on Team Queensland and Australia in their hunt for Games medals,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Olympics Live sites have great potential to inspire young athletes to be at their best for a spot on a medal podium at a possible 2032 Olympic Games here at home, cheered on by an enthusiastic Queensland audience.

“On 21 July we all have the chance to be a part of what could be an historic decision that paves the way forward for Queensland’s next decade and beyond.”

Olympics Live schedule:

  • Brisbane, South Bank parklands Riverside green: 21 July – 8 August

    • With big screens also at King George Square and Queen Street Mall

  • Gold Coast, Kurrawa beach: 21 July – 8 August

  • Sunshine Coast, Kings Beach Amphitheatre: 21 July – 8 August

  • Cairns, Esplanade: 21 July – 8 August

  • Ipswich, Tulmur Place: 23 July – 8 August

  • Toowoomba, Walton Stores: 23 July – 8 August

  • Rockhampton: 30 July

  • Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex: 1 August

  • Townsville: 3 August

  • Longreach: 5 August

  • Yarrabah: 4 August

  • Horn Island, Horn Island Sports Complex: 6 August

  • Thursday Island: 6 August.

 

CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee Matt Carroll said the breadth of Olympics Live presented by Westpac events across the nation reflected the support behind the Australian Olympic team for the Tokyo Games and Australians’ enthusiasm for great sporting moments.

“For communities who can come together, Olympics Live presents an ideal opportunity for people to connect and celebrate something positive and inspiring,” said Mr Carroll.

“The live sites will also be ideal places for the families and friends of our competing athletes to watch the competition live and feel as close as they possibly can to the excitement of the Games.

“The AOC is grateful for the support of the Queensland Government in creating live sites and tours for people around the state to enjoy.

“I’m particularly looking forward to what will hopefully be an historic and exciting announcement for Brisbane here on the evening of 21 July and I hope everyone will come to the South Bank Olympics Live site to be part of the moment.”

Five-time Olympian and Queensland Academy of Sport Executive Director of Elite Success and Partnerships Natalie Cook said Olympics Live will be the next best thing to being in Tokyo.

“The Olympics always throw up some gold medals we never expected so let’s create a party atmosphere and celebrate the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.” said Ms Cook.

Olympics Live, presented by Westpac, is supported by the Australian Olympic Committee, Queensland Government, Channel 7, local councils, schools and sporting clubs across Queensland.

The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August.

For more information, visit www.olympics.com.au