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BNE 2032 Legacy


“We swim before we walk, and we swim when we can’t walk. Swimming could deliver our greatest Olympic and Paralympic legacy out of Brisbane 2032,” Swimming Australia CEO Eugenie Buckley.

Swimming Australia is bringing together everyone involved in swimming to deliver on a decade of opportunity as we look towards the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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We invite you to be a part of a nation-wide consultation process to help us develop the BNE32 Swimming Legacy Impact Strategy.

How could our home Games make a real and positive difference to all Australians through swimming?

Participation and health and wellbeing is a key focus, along with legacy infrastructure, and high performance.

The success of the legacy impact will be dependent on the insights and input from, and collaboration with, the swimming membership, stakeholder and partnership communities.

How will you make a contribution to a legacy for all Australians through swimming?

Swimming Australia has established a BNE32 Legacy Advisory Committee, chaired by Grant Hackett OAM, with representatives from across the whole of the swimming community.

“Developing a strong and inspiring legacy unequivocally helps support the dreams and aspirations of future generations in swimming.” – Grant Hackett

Stakeholders from the swimming community will be invited to attend a series of roundtables:

Sydney – 27  April 2023

Brisbane – 3 May 2023

Melbourne – 12 May 2023

And we invite everyone with an interest in our sport to contribute to an online survey that has gone live today. Participate here

Swimming Australia plans to deliver the BNE32 Legacy Impact Strategy in July 2023.

“We should be ensuring we strengthen our swimming pathways through the provision of world class facilities, coaches and support. To be successful in 2032 we need a larger talent pool and structured pathways that identify, develop and support athletes throughout their entire journey,” – Kirsten Thomson, CEO, Swimming NSW

The legacy outcomes Swimming Australia is most interested in exploring are:

    • participation growth;
    • high performance pathway and success;
    • long term financial sustainability;
    • governance and organisational reform;
    • profile, commercial development and new revenue generation;
    • physical infrastructure, facilities and equipment;
    • international influence and advocacy;
    • environmental sustainability;
    • social impact, including First Nations, health and wellbeing and diversity and inclusion improvement; and
    • people and building critical skills and capability.

“I want to see future generations growing up in Australia seeing para and able bodied athletes as equal, and that it’s not even a second thought” – Ellie Cole, Paralympian


SwimAus wants to engage with a broad community of members, stakeholders and partners. Consultation and communication with key stakeholders is the most important element in the development of this strategy as outcomes will be successfully implemented only if stakeholders have been engaged and their ideas, issues, problems and proposals fully considered.

The following groups will be provided with an opportunity to provide input:

    • World Aquatics and Oceania Aquatics
    • Games Partners (AOC, Paralympics Australia and Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee)
    • Swimming Australia Board, Executive and staff
    • Swimming Australia Member Organisations (States, Territory, ASCTA and ASA)
    • Federal Government, including Australian Sports Commission and Office of Sport
    • State Government departments across stadiums, sport, tourism, trade and innovation
    • National Institute Network
    • Swimming industry, including ASCTA, AUSTSWIM, ASSA, RLSA and SLSA
    • Aquatics family, including affiliates of Masters, Diving and High Diving, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming
    • Clubs, schools, and learn to swim centres
    • Venues and swim centres
    • Sponsors, partners and licensees
    • Coaches and swim teachers
    • Technical Officials
    • Swimmers
    • Volunteers

“Australia’s history is littered with fantastic First Nations sports stars. If we can equip our communities with facilities and skills, by 2032 we will have a pod of First Nations Dolphins” – Cameron Costello

“We have a lot of pools in this country, so learn to swim is more than a hobby, it’s lifesaving” – Zarin Hakimi, Afghanistan refugee, learn to swim instructor

BNE32 Legacy Advisory Committee Members
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