Brisbane named host city for the 2032 Olympic Games, Redlands to host canoe slalom events

GOLD: An artist's impression of the proposed $1 billion redevelopment of the Gabba for the 2032 Olympics.
GOLD: An artist's impression of the proposed $1 billion redevelopment of the Gabba for the 2032 Olympics.

With Brisbane being named as host city for the 2032 Olympic Games, Redland mayor Karen Williams confirmed the city would be an event venue for the canoe slalom at the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

"This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for locals to enjoy the excitement of a Games event right in our backyard, but also to showcase Redlands Coast to the world," she said.

She said a purpose-built whitewater centre to host the events would be part of the adventure sports precinct for which Birkdale Community Precinct, was the preferred site.

Cr Williams said the whitewater venue would be a legacy facility for generations to come.

Its location was likely to be in the land's northern corner.

Cr Williams said similar Olympic facilities elsewhere had demonstrated substantial local community and economic benefits, including during construction and ongoing operation.

"It will bring forward important transport infrastructure, in particular, the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the eastern busway to Capalaba," she said.

Australian Olympic team paddler Jessica Fox who will compete in the canoe slalom events in Tokyo described the 2032 Olympics decision as an amazing opportunity.

"We all know the impact the Sydney Olympics had on all of us, so to see it come home would be amazing. It's something the kids, watching the Olympics today, could look forward to in a few years' time," she said.

She said the Redlands venue would be a benefit for the sport, the community, tourism and for anyone wanting to try something new.

Russell Island Olympic sailor Mara Stransky said Brisbane's selection for 2032 was fantastic.

"It's the eight-year-olds of today who we can be really proud of when the Olympics come here," she said.

The 22-year-old is competing in the Laser Radial class in Tokyo.

Cr Williams said the Games were predicted to deliver about $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland, and $17.6 billion nationally.

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