Brisbane 2032 Paralympics will spark 'cultural change' says para-athlete Kurt Fearnley

26 July 2021

Dr Emma Beckman from UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences featured on the ABC discussing her work with UQ's Paralympics Sports Training and Research team.

Dr Beckman is a lead investigator with UQ's Paralympics Sports Training and Research team.

She said hosting the "third-biggest sporting event in the world" – the Paralympics – results in permanent changes to venues while also requiring new, accessible ones to be built.

Dr Beckman said Australia would see an influx of local athletes with "high support needs" becoming involved due to the lowered barrier to travel.

"The prospect of reducing the travel really makes this Paralympics the most accessible ever for our athletes," she said.

"Coaches and clubs and facilities and other people [can see] what is actually possible.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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