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Natalie Cook, Patrick Johnson book their spots on Olympics organising committee

Olympians Natalie Cook and Patrick Johnson have been named as part of the organising committee for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.

Mar 28, 2022, updated Mar 28, 2022
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles (left) and Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Cook (right) are seen looking over the site of the future Olympic athlete’s village at Northshore Hamilton. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles (left) and Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Cook (right) are seen looking over the site of the future Olympic athlete’s village at Northshore Hamilton. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said both would bring “exceptional expertise” to the organising committee, which will be responsible for delivering both the Brisbane Olympics and Paralympics.

Cook, who won a beach volleyball gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said she was proud to be part of the organising committee. Cairns-born Johnson competed as a sprinter in the 2000 Olympics and has since been at the forefront of promoting improvements in indigenous health.

“Never thought I’d be that excited about a phone call,” Cook said.

“For us to be there standing at the opening ceremony in Brisbane the feeling would be as good at winning a gold medal.”

“Nat is from Townsville and Patrick was actually born on a speedboat on the way to the maternity ward in Cairns,” the Premier said.

“I have said from the start that I want all of Queensland to share in the pride of hosting our own Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Johnson, son of a Kaanju mother, said he had his sights set on spreading the Olympic spirit in Queensland’s remote indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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“The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger, together,” Patrick said.

“The most important word is ‘together’.

The announcement completes Palaszczuk’s nominees to the 22 member Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Board.

She said five more independent directors, agreed to by the Premier and Prime Minister, derived from an international search will be announced soon.

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