New $9.8 million QAS gym to transform Olympic preparations
A new $9.8 million gym is under construction at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), which will help power Queensland’s future Olympians and Paralympians beyond the Tokyo Games this July.
Demolition works have started at the indoor basketball hall at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC) at Nathan, underneath the old QE II grandstand where spectators watched the 1982 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
The hall will become a very large gymnasium for elite athletes and visiting national teams, complete with lifting platforms for para-athletes and over-sized windows to flood the gym with natural light.
The current gym will become a health and science hub with upgraded biomechanical and physiological testing, a blood lab and instrumented running track.
The QAS Performance Support Teams will be able to hone the talents of Queensland’s Olympians and Paralympians of the future, gaining a competitive edge for Paris 2024 and beyond.
National and International teams will also be welcome to use the high-performance facilities, bringing in valuable tourism dollars to the state.
The new gym should be ready just prior to the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.
For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/academy