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Brisbane looking to become global sport science and cultural hub

Brisbane looking to become global sport science and cultural hub
July 2, 2016

Brisbane will be looking to establish itself as global sports science and cultural hub when the $75 million Australian High Performance & Recovery Centre (AHPRC) opens at Brisbane Airport in 2019.

The newly announced plans for the world class sports science and cultural facility aim to showcase Brisbane to the world and provide education, sport, health and wellness facilities to visitors and Brisbane residents.

Explaining that he was thrilled about the project and what it means for Brisbane, AHPRC Executive Chairman Craig Davison stated “with the AHPRC we aim to create the southern hemisphere’s premier sports science and cultural precinct. We want to make Brisbane the city of first choice for visiting domestic and international sporting teams, as well as providing a cultural gateway to the Asia Pacific.”

Davison said the AHPRC’s central location at the Brisbane Airport precinct, as well as the diversity of interested parties, including Queensland Ballet, QUT, Access Community Services and the Brisbane Bombers NRL Rugby League Expansion Bid Team (Brisbane Bombers) presented unique and innovative possibilities.

He added “the strength of connections and interrelationships with our various partners is quite incredible.

“The AHPRC has been able to harness and bring together seemingly disconnected technical skills in the Arts, with sport and education, as well as the broader community to develop pathways for inclusion and involvement.”

Davison’s comments were endorsed by Access Community Services Chief Executive Gail Ker who highlighted the shared commitment of the AHPRC’s vision to improving community connectivity and social cohesion.

Ker described the AHPRC’s plan to bring together sports science, the creativity of the Arts and meaningful community development projects as “visionary and without precedent in Australia”.

Queensland Ballet (QB) Artistic Director Li Cunxin said QB was pleased to partner with the AHPRC and was looking forward to the opportunities the Centre and its associated partnerships would open up for the growing Company.

Li stated “ballet co-existing with football is a thrilling proposition.

“Both are supremely athletic endeavours but importantly, both exist to provide entertainment and enjoyment. The AHPRC gives Queensland Ballet the opportunity to bring the arts and sports together as we explore each other’s practice, learn and share with our communities.

“We have a bold vision for growth at QB, but we’re limited in what we can achieve with our current facilities and theatre access. Facilities such as those proposed by the AHPRC, in addition to a new 1,500 seat theatre for Brisbane, would enable us to reach our vision to become the dance powerhouse of the Asia Pacific.”

QB is also in discussions with the AHPRC in relation to the location of production facilities to house scenery workshops and a customised storage facility, as well as potential additional dance studios to cater for growth in QB’s programs and initiatives.

Associate Professor Tony Rossi from QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutritional Science confirmed that QUT is in discussions to explore possibilities in sports, educational programs and community capacity building.

He expressed the importance of finding unique and productive linkages between different fields of endeavour in education, health and the creative arts, advising “it is crucial to build projects around people to deliver real benefits and outcomes.”

Queensland Olympic Council President, five-time Olympian and Olympic gold and bronze medalist Natalie Cook said the AHPRC was a fantastic initiative for Brisbane and Queensland.

Cook described the AHPRC as a tremendously exciting project and one that can “provide Olympic sports with access to a co-location facility encompassing high performance training, administration and storage all in the context of a shared services model. It is the future.”

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