Accelerating Athletes towards 2032

Wednesday 6 September 2023

The View Point

Accelerating Athletes towards the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.

As we approach the Games, businesses, industries, and communities across the state are preparing for a once-in-a generation opportunity. The vision of 'Accelerating Athletes towards 2032' is to support the next generation of athletes to succeed and thrive alongside businesses, before and after the games through an intensive one-day program and mentoring support.

During the one-day program, you will network and learn from athletes and subject matter experts leading in their fields and develop the skills needed to strengthen your financial literacy and entrepreneurial mindset as an athlete.

Applications for Accelerating Atheletes will close Wednesday 30 August.

This program is in partnership with

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Natalie Cook OAM OLY
Natalie is most well known for her 5 Olympic appearances as a Beach Volleyballer. However having lived the rollercoaster ride of financial pressures in order to fund Olympic campaigns she is a passionate advocate for the next generation of athletes to thrive.

Program outcomes

Develop financial literacy and an entrepreneurial mindset

Build resilience, self-confidence, and leverage your personal brand

Forge a comprehensive pathway to grow and position yourself for enduring success

Program outline

  • 8:30-9am Registration and pre-program survey

  • 9-9:15am Welcome and program outcomes

  • 9:15-9:30am Opening session with Natalie Cook OAM OLY

  • 9:30-10:30am 'The Business of You' workshop

  • 10:30-11am Morning Tea and Networking

  • 11am-12:30pm Financial Wellbeing and Sponsorship
    Hear from a guest speaker on financing yourself through sponsorship.

  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch 

  • 1:30-2:30pm Mental and Emotional Resilience - Rejection Therapy

  • 2:30-3:30pm Marketing and Branding
    Hear from a guest speaker on how to market and brand yourself.

  • 3:30-3:45pm Afternoon Tea

  • 3:45-4:45pm Leadership
    Hear from a guest speaker on leadership skills.

  • 4:45-5pm Closing session with Natalie Cook OAM OLY

  • 5-5:30pm Post-program survey

Mentoring support

Week 2 1-hour one-on-one mentoring session for each student.

Week 3 1-hour one-on-one mentoring session for each student.

Ongoing support Students will be given the opportunity to connect with each other post program and be involved in future programs.

Our team will contact you after the session to provide further details on timings and requirements for these sessions.



To be eligible to apply, athletes must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Currently enrolled at one of the Queensland universities
  • Minimum T4 ranking in accordance with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) Foundations, Talent, Elite, and Mastery (FTEM) Framework
  • Minimum age of 18 at the date of application

The program may decline to accept any application from an individual athlete which, in its reasonable opinion, does not meet the above eligibility criteria.

Contact us

For more information about Accelerating Athletes towards 2032, please contact the UQ Ventures team.