Olympics Unleashed program helps sports stars encourage future talent in Far North Queensland

Like many different Australians, Cathy Freeman’s 2000 Olympic gold medal ignited a burning want in Taliqua Clancy, to someday put on the identical inexperienced and gold uniform.

The now two-time seashore volleyball Olympian hopes her achievements will encourage the subsequent technology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to additionally dream of competing on the world’s largest sporting stage. 

“I just remember when I was a kid, and I sat and watch the 2000 Olympics, that was the reason why I’m in the position that I am today,” the Tokyo silver medallist stated.

“So I’m hoping they watched us all compete, and I hope that’s enough for them to just go out and, and be active and who knows, to even be a part of the 2032 Olympics here in Queensland.”

Clancy joined former Olympians, basketballer Danny Morseu and boxer Brad Hore, on a tour throughout Far North Queensland this week, as a part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) ‘Olympics Unleashed’ program. 

Three kids from remote Indigenous community posing for a photo
The ‘Olympics Unleashed’ program helps kids in distant communities envisage sporting targets. (Equipped: Australian Olympic Committee)

Visiting Thursday Island, Horn Island, Yarrabah and Lockhart River alongside their travels, Clancy stated there lies a pool of proficient future athletes.

Head of college at Horn Island major campus, Tony Zieth, stated a go to from their heroes may ignite an Olympic dream in younger folks.

“It allows a connection for the students to see a bridge that they need to travel to actually become an Olympian,” he stated.

Kid holding two autographed photos of Brad Hore and Taliqua Clancy
Greater than 200 Australian Olympians have visited 1,600 colleges throughout the nation as a part of the AOC’s program.(Equipped: Australian Olympic Committee)

The Australian crew that travelled to Tokyo this 12 months included the most important contingent of Indigenous athletes in Video games historical past.

Of the 472 athletes, 16 represented the First Nations folks of Australia — a quantity the AOC hopes will proceed to rise.

“It’s those little things you plant in kids’ minds at a very young age, that they can excel and achieve their dreams,” stated Morseu, who’s on the AOC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

“A lot of the kids here are 14, 13 and 12 years old … they’re going to be in their prime by the time that 2032 Olympics come around in Brisbane.”

Former Australian Olympian Danny Morseu chatting with a classroom full of kids
Danny Morseu performed within the Australian males’s basketball crew on the 1980 and 1984 Summer season Olympic Video games.(Equipped: Australian Olympic Committee)

The NBL Corridor-of-Famer can be working a free junior pathways program within the Torres Strait as a part of an Indigenous Basketball Australia initiative.

“It’s about creating an opportunity for our kids and getting them to think more globally,” Morseu stated.

“The objective of that program is to take our kids to the national championship in Australia and from there to the Asia Pacific Cup, then onto the World NBA Junior Global Championship in Orlando, Florida.”