Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans.
Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans

Griffith University has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that upgrades of the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) will be investigated for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said upgrading the QSAC facility would have a lasting legacy for Brisbane, and Griffith was happy to support in any way it can.

“Brisbane has benefitted vastly from the facility since it opened in time for the Commonwealth Games in 1982,” Professor Evans said.

“It has been home to major sporting fixtures and teams and as a venue for international musical acts such as Madonna and Billy Joel.

“The uses for QSAC will only grow as we approach the Olympics and well after they are finished.

“Additionally, improved transport connections to the area will benefit many thousands of people living in Brisbane’s southern suburbs.”

Professor Evans said adopting this proposal would see the strengthening of a partnership between Brisbane 2032 and Griffith University, the leading tertiary institution in Australia for elite sport performance.

Griffith is home to Griffith Sports College, a dedicated support unit that works with elite athletes to successfully meet their educational goals and their sporting obligations.

“We are committed to working with the Games organisers to utilise facilities at our campuses and to provide expertise from our academics,” she said.