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Paralympics Australia has warmly welcomed the appointment of Cindy Hook as CEO of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

PA President Jock O’Callaghan said Ms Hook would bring exceptional abilities to the role, as well as a strong set of values which were shared by Paralympics Australia.

“We are delighted with the appointment of Ms Hook to lead the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” O’Callaghan said.

“Ms Hook brings rare skills and experience to this crucial role that will come with considerable demands but also extraordinary opportunities.

“Ms Hook has an outstanding list of senior executive achievements and experiences during which she has proven to be a person of high integrity and values which are strongly aligned with those of Paralympics Australia.

“As a member of the Organising Committee Board – with particular interest in the Paralympic Movement alongside other passionate voices including Kurt Fearnley, Robyn Smith and Rebecca Frizelle – I look forward to working with Ms Hook and the rest of the Board to ensure all Australians feel included, engaged and valued along the Green and Gold Runway to 2032.”

Ms Hook’s appointment comes a day after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk changed her title to Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, fulfilling a commitment to make the adjustment after engagement with the PA Athlete Commission. Deputy Premier Steven Miles was sworn in as Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Games Infrastructure.

Paralympics Australia CEO Catherine Clark said Ms Hook was the right person to lead the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

“Paralympics Australia strongly endorses the appointment of Cindy Hook, given her proven ability to build relationships, inspire performance and achieve goals,” Clark said.

“Crucially, Ms Hook mixes these skills with a strong sense of social justice, including respect, inclusion and diversity, which are central to the Paralympic ethos.

“This is the start of a defining decade for the Australian Paralympic Movement during which we can truly harness the power of sport to change lives and create a fairer and more inclusive Australia. We are eager to support and complement Ms Hook as we work towards setting a lasting legacy for the 2032 Brisbane Games.”

Posted: 13 December 2022