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10-year countdown to the Brisbane 2032 Paralympic Games

24 August 2022

Wednesday 24 August marked exactly ten years to go until the Opening Ceremony for the Brisbane 2032 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Games will welcome more than 8,000 athletes and officials and will be held just over two weeks after the Closing Ceremony for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.

The Paralympics will provide a platform for Queensland businesses, sporting organisations, clubs and communities to start thinking now about how they can be more inclusive and accessible.

There are more than 260,000 Queenslanders living with disability and more than 474,000 carers supporting them who will benefit from public spaces and precincts that are universally designed and a society that is inclusive for all, regardless of age, background, gender or ability.

The Queensland Academy of Sport’s YouFor2032 talent identification program will next month launch a targeted search for talented young para-athletes aged 13 to 30 who have medal winning potential.

The program will help uncover future champions while also encouraging greater awareness and participation in sport for all Queenslanders living with disability.

There are 4.3 million Australians living with disability yet only one in four participates in sport, while 75 per cent want to participate.

Queensland para-athletes are already thriving on the world stage, winning two gold, six silver and six bronze at the recent Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.