What does sport do for Queensland?
As we dust off our maroon flags for sport’s greatest rivalry, the State of Origin, we invite you to join us to discuss the role sport plays in creating our sense of belonging. Our Queenslanders in conversation talk series continues to explore our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to family, communities, and our state.
In June, our panellists will explore the effect of team rivalries here and interstate; the part sport plays in our identity and history; and if our sporting organisations are doing enough to create a sense of community through sport among our diverse communities.
Meet the members of the panel:
Paul is CEO of the most successful club in the history of the NRL, the Brisbane Broncos.
He has extensive business experience, particularly in the resources industry, and as a consequence knows and loves the bush. Paul was a bit of a league legend himself – being named in the Queensland Police Team of the Century alongside Mal Meninga no less!
Fiona has represented her country five times at two sports! She is a former Australian sprint hurdles champion who competed in the Commonwealth Games and later switched to bobsleigh and took part in the World Championships. Fiona also understands the corporate world, having worked as business development manager for Australian University Sport. Fiona is currently in a new role as Relationship Manager for Brio Group.
Robbie is an Australian Long Jump athlete who has competed on the world scale. He started jumping at school carnivals in his home town Bluff (QLD). He began his success by representing Australia as a young indigenous athlete at the World Junior Championships, where he picked up a gold medal and was the first indigenous athlete to win a gold medal in this event. In 2011 Robbie made the World Championships in South Korea, however due to injury, missed out on the final. Robbie was selected on the Australian team once again for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, finishing 6th in the final. Throughout his career Robbie has had ample opportunities to share his experiences and knowledge with other young and talented indigenous and non-indigenous athletes through coaching clinics and mentoring sessions as an ambassador and role model. He continues to volunteer and work with young indigenous athletes to this day to share his inspirational stories.
Alison is one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians playing wheelchair basketball for Australia at three Paralympic Games and won silver medals in Sydney and Athens. A Warwick girl by birth, she is a Queenslander through and through. After a car accident at 18, Alison was introduced to wheelchair basketball during her rehab. After competing in three world cups and three Paralympic Games, Alison retired and moved into sports administration with disability sport. In 2010 Alison was inducted into the Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame.
Join 612 ABC Brisbane’s Kelly Higgins-Devine as she hosts discussions between high profile panellists, audience members, and online viewers.
When: Wed 8 Jun 2016, 6:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Venue: SLQ Auditorium 1