CQU researcher appointed to Brisbane 2032 Legacy Committee

21 July 2022

Sporting advocate and CQUniversity physical activity researcher' Dr Danya Hodgetts was named as one of 12 Queenslanders in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Committee.

Announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP today (Thursday' 21 July)' the Committee will identify ways to maximise benefits for the state - long after the closing ceremony in 2032.

Dr Hodgetts said she was excited to bring her perspective from working and consulting in the sports industry' as well as academia' to the Committee.

"The Olympic Games is the most watched sporting event in the world. It has the potential to create a long-lasting positive physical activity legacy in the wider population'" Dr Hodgetts said.

"Beyond the event itself' I will be working to leverage the Games to get people moving' promoting healthy' inclusive and active communities."

Having completed her PhD on sport participation legacy' Dr Hodgetts said her interest in social and health change had motivated her to apply for the role.

"My research has shown that sport participation legacies can only be achieved if host governments engage with the community' develop long-term strategies' and coordinate efforts."

A Rockhampton local' Dr Hodgetts said she would be an advocate for regional Queensland and would help bring the diverse experiences and perspectives of the community to the Committee.

"I am also a member of the Central Queensland Olympic and Paralympic task force. This is a chance to maximise opportunities for the regions."