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Paralympics Australia congratulates the incoming Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission Kieren Perkins OAM and looks forward to working closely with him as we pursue our shared goals of increasing sporting participation and developing and supporting elite level talent.

PA President Jock O’Callaghan said Perkins was an outstanding appointment which was strongly supported by the nation’s peak sporting organisation for people with a disability.

“Kieren’s success as an athlete, combined with his extensive administration and business experience, make him a superb choice for such an important role,” O’Callaghan said.

“I was pleased to hear Kieren’s comments about the vital relationship between sporting participation and positive life experiences and also how it translates to developing talent to compete at the top levels. It’s exactly how we see our priorities at Paralympics Australia.

“We’re very excited to work with Kieren over the coming years as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games present.”

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Upon the announcement of his appointment, Perkins said: “It’s the most amazing opportunity to help shape participation and elite sport for Australia.

“As an athlete and administrator, I have lived the importance of a symbiotic sport system that has strong grass roots participation, underpinned by volunteerism, helping uncover and develop the ambitious talent that will represent our country on the world’s biggest stages.

“My corporate experience gives me the business and relationship skills required to bring together the important stakeholders pivotal in ensuring sport flourishes.

“The decade leading to 2032 is a generational opportunity to build a lasting legacy for all sport, in an environment that allows everyone involved to safely live all of the positive life experiences sport can bring.”

Federal Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said: “As one of our greatest ever Olympians, Mr Perkins brings first-hand experience of high-performance sport as well as an intrinsic understanding of the important role grassroots sport plays in the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

“With a decade of major events on the horizon in the lead up to Brisbane 2032, there is plenty to look forward to in Australian sport and we look forward to Mr Perkins continuing to have a positive impact on our nation.”

Perkins’ tenure at the ASC starts early next year.

By: David Sygall, Paralympics Australia
Posted: 23 December 2021