Retired Australian Olympic swimmer Bronte Barratt has been elected to serve as the athlete representative of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Organizing Committee.
32-year-old Barratt was selected for the role from a shortlist of 5 candidates, as voted by Australia’s Olympians from both the 2016 and 2020 Games.
Barratt represented Australia at a trio of Olympic Games, including 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio. She earned relay medals at all three editions while her individual bronze came in the 200m freestyle in London.
On the opportunity to represent her peers, Barratt says, “I am very excited about the future for Brisbane and Queensland with the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in my hometown. My three Olympic Games experiences were definitely the best time of my life and it’s these experiences that I believe will add value for the Committee.
“The Brisbane pitch was crystal clear that the athletes are front and centre. With my swimming and post-swimming career, I know I can provide the insights and decision making on behalf of athletes.”
AOC president John Coates says, “We have to deliver a great Games for the athletes. They are at the heart of the Games. Congratulations to Bronte for being selected by her fellow Olympians to be that important voice from the very start.
“She understands the Olympic environment through three very different Olympic Games. This knowledge is vital in shaping the opportunity for Brisbane, Queensland and all Australia. There are ten year olds today whose Olympic Games experience in 2032 as athletes will be shaped by the input from Bronte at the Committee table over the next three years.”
Brisbane was officially awarded the 2023 Games this past July. The official 2032 Olympic Games organization Committee will come into existence once legislation is passed by the Queensland Parliament later this year.