Three-time Commonwealth Games representative Bronte Barratt has been elected as the Australia Olympic teams athlete voice on the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Organising Committee.
The Brisbane 2032 Games Committee won’t formally come into existence until legislation is passed by the Queensland Parliament later this year, but Australia’s Olympians from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 were given the opportunity to vote for an athlete representative from a field of five candidates who nominated.
Bronte Barratt won gold medals at the Melbourne 2006, Deli 2010 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, adding to her Olympic Games in Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008, picking up gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
In Beijing, she was part of the famous 4×200-metre freestyle relay team which took gold and broke the world record.
Bronte says as a Queenslander and an Olympian she is proud to bring the athlete perspective to the Organising Committee.
“I am very excited about the future for Brisbane and Queensland with the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in my hometown,” Bronte said.
“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 athlete is front and centre. With my swimming and post-swimming career, I know I can provide the insights and decision making on behalf of athletes.”
Bronte’s journey began as a 17-year-old at the Melbourne 2006 Games where she gained invaluable experience ahead of her first Olympics experience in Beijing 2008.
At the Games in Melbourne, Bronte won bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle and gold as part of Australia’s 4x200m freestyle relay team, the team that would capture Olympic glory only two years later.
Ahead of Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games there will be three editions of the Commonwealth Games that will provide a pathway and rich experience for Australian athletes and team members, like Bronte before them, of competing on the international stage.
Commonwealth Games Australia congratulates Bronte on the appointment and knows she will add value and insight to the choices and decisions that will impact Australia’s future Olympic and Paralympic team members.