The Australian Olympic community joined together in excitement yesterday, as the IOC announced that Brisbane was the front runner and preferred city to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Olympic athletes, hopefuls, sporting federations, media, fans and family all shared their excitement as the IOC announced it would enter into 'Targeted Dialogue,' with the Brisbane, Queensland candidature.
Dual Water Polo Olympian and Stingers captain Rowie Webster explained what having a home Games would mean for the next generation of athletes, on the Water Polo Australia website.
"I look back on the Sydney 2000 Olympics and that is what inspired me, so for the next generation around the country and around the world to see the best country in the world hosting the Olympics, I think is a really positive step."
Olympic gold and silver medallist, Brooke Hanson, shared that she was especially enthused to have a Games hosted in the state her family calls home.
Meanwhile, seven-time Equestrian Olympian, Andrew Hoy, said that the possibility of having another Games on home soil, would motivate many eventing riders.
Other athletes like Sydney 2000 gold medallist, Natalie Cook, was keen to chat to her Facebook community about why they're excited for the Games.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison also shared his support, calling an Olympic Games in Brisbane, a "game-changer," for the state of Queensland.
National sporting federations including Judo, Basketball, Athletics and Softball also took to Twitter to explain what having a home Games would mean to the development of their sport, and its up-and-coming athletes.
To have the Games back in Australia will provide even further incentive to current, emerging and future judokas and the Judo in Australia community to stay on the mat and strive for excellence! https://t.co/5aVI2ALRMa— Judo Australia (@ausjudo) February 25, 2021
Basketball Australia welcomes the news that the IOC will enter into "Targeted Dialogue" with Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games.— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) February 24, 2021
To have the Games back on our shores would provide further incentive to current, emerging & future basketballers across the nation. https://t.co/Plk4PzdY2z
Hugely excited news not just for athletics but all Australian Olympic and Paralympic sports. 👏👏👏 We reckon "Brisbane 2032" has a nice ring to it! @AUSOlympicTeam @AUSParalympics https://t.co/EeXsnnpG0K— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) February 24, 2021