Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics bid boosted by the world games for the intellectually impaired

As Australian officials engage in talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over Queensland’s 2032 Olympic Games bid, the world’s best intellectually impaired athletes are preparing to compete in Brisbane.

Key points:

  • The INAS Global Games is the world’s biggest sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment
  • Ipswich talent Archie Graham says he is excited to co-captain the Australian team
  • The head of Sports Inclusion Australia thinks the event will boost Brisbane’s Olympic bid

Held every four years, the INAS Global Games will see 1,000 athletes from around 50 countries compete across a range of disciplines including swimming, athletics, cycling, rowing and tennis.

It also features a range of qualifying events for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

“They’re the best athletes with an intellectual impairment across the world,” Robyn Smith, chief executive of the INAS Global Games, told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Kat Feeney.

“Many of them will go to compete at the Paralympics in Tokyo next year, but this is a good stepping stone … and some of the sports aren’t represented at the Paralympic games so the best of the best win those particular sports.”

A swimmer with down syndrome competes in Brisbane.PHOTO: The best of the best will be competing at the INAS Global Games. (Facebook: Sport Inclusion Australia)

To qualify for the Global Games, the athletes must meet the World Health Organisation’s definition of intellectual impairment, which is an IQ of 75 or below.

“They have deficits in adaptive behaviours so perhaps living skills, hygiene, a whole range of things where they have a little bit of difficulty and it has to manifest itself before the age of 18,” Ms Smith said.

“These games also incorporate athletes with an intellectual impairment as well as a physical issue.

“There’s many athletes with down syndrome competing at these games, and another classification, II3, is basically athletes with autism.

“So their IQ is above 75, [but] they still have difficulties in some areas of their life but they’re really good at sport.”

Ms Smith, who is also the chief executive of Sport Inclusion Australia, said Australia was leading the way with inclusion and accessibility to elite-level sports.

“They’re training like everybody else. They actually are elite athletes.”

The Australian Pearls are among the teams competing in the Basketball tournament.PHOTO: The Australian Pearls are among the teams competing in the Basketball tournament. (Facebook: Basketball Australia)

Australia leads inclusive sport

Ms Smith said Australia provided opportunities for the athletes unlike anywhere else.

“Australia has been the leader really in inclusion in sport, providing the opportunities and the training and the integration elements of preparing.

“And therefore, they’ve done really well.

“They’re not sort of having to go elsewhere to do their sport, they’re just doing sport like everyone else.

Among the athletes to represent Australia is Ipswich local and four-time tennis world champion Archie Graham who will co-captain the Australian team.

“It is so exciting to not only represent my country, but the honour of being captain is quite unbelievable,” Graham said.

“I think it’s very good for us people, to have an international para event, it spreads inclusiveness.”

Man playing tennis.PHOTO: Archie Graham is looking forward to defending his title. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Graham said he had been working very hard to maintain his “back-to-back-to-back” wins.

“I’ve been training very hard, just about six days a week and doing lots off the court as well,” he said.

“It’s a bit hard to say if I’ll win at the moment, but at the moment I think I will.”

As for whether the city should host an Olympic games, Graham said there was no doubt that it should.

“We have a lot of great facilities here, world-class facilities and there’s a lot to see in Brisbane.”

Timon Sideris jumps a hurdlePHOTO: Para athlete Timon Sideris will be among the competitors at the INAS Global Games. (Facebook: Hills Districts Athletics Club)

It is the first time the games are being hosted in the southern hemisphere and Ms Smith thinks the event will boost Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics.

“Highly influential people in the Olympic movement and Paralympic movement will be in attendance,” she said.

“They’ll look at the city and see how friendly and welcoming we are — the great weather, the great venues and I think it’ll help [the Olympic bid].”

The INAS Global Games will be held from October 12 to 19 at various facilities across Brisbane.


Kookaburra Queen paddlewheel boat crashes on Brisbane River, sending passenger falling through deck floor

One of Brisbane’s iconic tourist boats has crashed into an unknown object while carrying about 50 passengers, causing one person to fall through a floor and onto the lap of another passenger on the toilet below.

The impact smashed a hole into the upper deck of the Kookaburra Queen II, tearing a railing off.

A passenger said they heard a bang as another passenger fell through to the lower deck.

Ambulance crews treated people for minor injuries at Eagle Street Pier, where the ship docked, with three taken to hospital.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Warren Painting said it was not known what the paddlewheeler hit this afternoon, but two people in their 70s and a woman in her 30s suffered minor injuries.

He said they were taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a precaution.

“The commercial vessel was on the Brisbane River, struck an unknown object and the resulting jolt caused the injury of three passengers on board the vessel,” he said.

“The Bicycle Response Team was the first unit on scene and then there was also two other transport units and a supervisor.

“Conditions were pretty smooth today — it seemed to be a nice sunny day.”


GWS ends Brisbane’s season, downing the Lions by three points in their semi-final at the Gabba

Brisbane Lions’ season is over, with GWS advancing to the preliminary final with a heart-stopping three point win at the Gabba.

A week after the Lions lost by 47 points to Richmond, Brisbane was knocked out of the finals in straight sets.

Charlie Cameron hyperextended his elbow in the opening minute but stayed on the ground for the match to finish with two goals, and Eric Hipwood slotted three, but it wasn’t enough, as GWS advanced to a prelim against Collingwood next weekend.

Giants edge the Lions to reach prelim

Collingwood looks the biggest winner after GWS beat Brisbane in a brutal, controversial and absorbing semi-final.

The Giants’ 12.11 (83) to 11.14 (78) win booked a spot against the Magpies in next Saturday’s preliminary final at the MCG.

But the epic duel at the Gabbatoir would have made pleasant Saturday night viewing for Magpies coach Nathan Buckley, who was at the game.

Michael Christian will have a busy match review, with several significant incidents during the match.

Late in the second quarter, Lions star Lachie Neale emerged from a scuffle holding an eye.

This was after Giants star Toby Greene, who was outstanding again on Saturday night, was referred to the tribunal and fined for making contact with the face of Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli.

A whopping 54 free kicks were paid, 31-23 in the Giants’ favour, and umpire Ray Chamberlain rivalled Greene as the most unpopular man in front of a crowd of 30,034.

GWS small forward Brent Daniels kicked an outstanding running goal with less than three minutes to put his team in front — the 10th lead change of the match.

The Giants then hung on grimly to secure the win.


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While the Lions went out in straight sets, they lost no friends with their performance against GWS.

But they were left ruing a 19-7 inside 50 count for the last quarter in their favour.

Giants co-captain Phil Davis was immense in defence as the two teams kicked two goals apiece in the frenetic final term.

The medical staff at GWS will earn their keep over the next week, preparing the players as they try to beat the Magpies for their first grand final.

After the Giants had mauled the Western Bulldogs and the Lions had blown their chances against Richmond the week before, this was always going to be a fierce clash.

Umpire Shaun Ryan was heard in the match audio telling the Giants he would pay free kicks against them if they kept targeting Charlie Cameron’s bandaged elbow.

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11 47.82608695652174%52.17391304347826% 12
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14 56.00000000000001%43.99999999999999% 11
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220 53.92156862745098%46.07843137254902% 188
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75 54.74452554744526%45.25547445255474% 62
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109 47.18614718614719%52.81385281385281% 122
Brisbane Lions undefined GWS Giants
329 51.4866979655712%48.5133020344288% 310
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44 62.857142857142854%37.142857142857146% 26
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57 42.53731343283582%57.46268656716418% 77
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The All-Australian Lion was hurt in the first few minutes.

Brisbane hard-nut Nick Robertson will also come under scrutiny for whacking opponent Lachie Whitfield in his sore lower back.

Whitfield slumped to the ground, then angrily pushed Robertson in the chest.

The first 10 minutes set the stage, with Cameron forced from the field in agony and the Giants unleashing a four-goal barrage.

Greene made an immediate impact when he snapped the opening goal of the match.

As Greene and Lions veteran Luke Hodge clashed, Brisbane defender Harris Andrews gave away an undisciplined free kick.

That meant Jeremy Finlayson kicked another goal for the Giants before the next centre bounce.

The Lions counter-attacked, kicking the next five goals for an improbable six-point lead at quarter time.

Brisbane looked in strife when GWS led by 12 points at half-time and broke out to a 20-point lead early in the third.

Lions fans were furious at the umpires, booing them from the field at half-time and again after the final siren.


Bushfire in Gold Coast hinterland could have been act of arson, Police Commissioner says

Queensland police suspect a large bushfire that started in the state’s Gold Coast hinterland could have been deliberately lit, as several Queensland communities near the fires still burning are being urged to stay alert with conditions expected to deteriorate in coming days.

Key points:

  • All bushfires across Queensland remain at advice warning level on Sunday
  • The Police Commissioner says the Sarabah fire could have been arson
  • The Premier says it will take months for some communities to recover from the bushfires

Firefighters are still battling about 50 fires across the state, but have been helped by milder weather conditions overnight.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) said the bushfire near Applethorpe in the Granite Belt flared up on Saturday, while new fires had sprung up inland from Bundaberg and Mount Kilcoy in the Somerset region.

But there was no immediate threat and all fires remained at the advice warning level.

There have been more than 1,200 bushfires across the state since the start of September.

A total of 17 properties have been destroyed in Queensland during the fire emergency, with many more incurring damage, including form smoke.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said officers were investigating arson as a possibility in the Sarabah fire in Gold Coast Hinterland, which destroyed 11 houses and five businesses.

She said police “have concerns with how the fire started” and that arson had not been ruled out.

“We will be relentless in pursuing whoever lit the fire, not only here but across the state,” she said.

“Certainly we have got a number of people we are looking at, and that investigation will continue until we have an outcome.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke to locals in the fire-affected hinterland community of Beechmont on Sunday morning.

She said it would takes months for communities to recovery from the devastating impacts of the bushfires.

Binna Burra’s bushfire devastation

Binna Burra's bushfire devastation
An “unusual fire” rips through rainforest to raze the heritage-listed, 86-year-old Binna Burra lodge.

“These people here and this community is very resilient, but people are still going through a lot,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The impact and the shock is going to be felt for weeks, if not months.

“We’re going to make sure we have all the support families need to get back on their feet.

The State Government said $200,000 in financial assistance had already been provided to residents impacted by bushfires.

A taskforce has also been created to support the recovery of the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge and to help its staff find alternative employment.

‘We need to be ready’

Ms Palaszczuk said conditions were expected to deteriorate this week.

“Conditions are going to change on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we need to be ready for that,” she said.

What to do if bushfire threatens

What to do if bushfire threatens
ABC Emergency has sourced advice from official agencies on how to plan for a bushfire, including preparing a survival kit.

“The winds are going to pick up, it’s going to be dry right across half the state, and of course we’re seeing temperatures between 5 and 8 degrees [Celsius] higher for this time of year.

“The other thing is, there is no rain on the horizon.”

QFES Deputy Commissioner Michael Wassing said fire crews were well prepared to continue fighting blazes across the state and to help communities with recovery.

“We’ve got significant resources, we’ve got interstate resources, we’ve got significant aircraft to make sure those fire don’t come out of those areas and don’t threaten any further properties,” he said.

“We’re really consolidating those containment lines to make sure as the fires continue to burn in those remote areas that they don’t have a chance to get out later on.”

For more information about Queensland’s bushfire situation, listen live to ABC Local Radio in your area:

  • ABC Gold Coast
  • ABC Southern Queensland
  • ABC Sunshine Coast

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Sam Campbell said Sunday’s weather would be “more of the same”.

“It’s going to be too dry for any showers for virtually the whole of Queensland today, I’m afraid,” he said.

Firefighter and reluctant hero

Firefighter and reluctant hero
This emotional picture of Ballandean rural firefighter Aaron Cox went viral. His wife took the photo moments after he saved their house from bushfire.

“Temperatures would hit 4C to 7C above average in southern Queensland.

“Winds would be generally pretty light through most areas.”

He said while the fire danger had dropped slightly in South-East Queensland, there was no end in sight to dry, hot weather “for much of the next seven days”.

“Really the only chance of any rainfall in the coming days is in the far south-east of the state from Tuesday and otherwise virtually everyone else in Queensland will see further dry, sunny weather I’m afraid.”

The BOM is also predicting thunderstorm activity in South-East Queensland on Tuesday, but the storms are not expected to produce much in the way of rain.


Auckland Carpet Cleaning Tips


If you’re looking for an Auckland carpet cleaner, you may want to try to find one online. As a matter of fact, many carpet cleaners have websites, but it can also be helpful to ask around in your area to find one that you feel comfortable with.

Local carpet cleaning is an important business, so it’s smart to try and keep the commute time down to a bare minimum. Besides, any reputable company will agree to pay lots of time in traffic just to come to your home to clean at least two or three carpets to make sure yours look fresh and clean. The good news, however, is that any search on Google for “local Auckland carpet cleaner” will bring up several online custom results to match the geographic location of your residence.

You might want to hire an Auckland carpet cleaner to take care of the carpet in your living room, dining room or bathroom. While you could do it yourself, it’s best to let a professional take care of the job. The only thing you’ll have to worry about when a professional cleans the carpet in your home is ensuring they use the appropriate cleaner for the type of material you’ve chosen. For example, if your carpet is made of plush materials, you don’t want to use a dry vacuum cleaner on it.

When you hire Auckland carpet cleaning service, be sure you know exactly what needs to be done. For instance, if you’ve selected an outdoor carpet, the company will need to clear the snow and ice off the carpeting. If you have hardwood floors, you’ll have to make sure the floor is vacuumed to remove all the dirt and debris that has collected on the surface. If the carpets in your home are laminated, the carpet cleaning service you hire will need to take it into a shop that specializes in this type of material to remove the glue that has stuck itself to the carpet and the fibers.

The company you hire will need to measure the length and breadth of the carpets in your home. They will then need to remove the carpet, dry it, stain the area, seal the area and install padding on the floor to avoid scratching. This will leave your floor completely clean and vacuumed. and ready to move on to the next step.

There are testimonials on the Internet that state the company will work well for just about any type of cleaning job. Be aware, however, that not all companies have the same standards when it comes to cleanliness and the carpet will have to be taken out before the next step. Even if they do, there will be some areas you have to wait until the following day because the carpet needs to dry.

If the company you hire does not charge a fee for their services, it might be worth asking if they would recommend another company. You’ll want to check the references for each company to ensure that they’re experienced and have a proven track record.

When you’re looking for the ideal Auckland carpet cleaners, it’s best to do a thorough check of their background before you choose a company. Make sure you’re getting a professional company that is able to give you quality service and clean carpets that last longer than average.

Once the company’s done with the cleaning, you can then decide whether you’d like to continue the work yourself or get a professional to finish the job for you. If you feel more confident doing the work yourself, you could simply order some of the cleaning supplies, follow the instructions, and do the rest. For the more advanced cleaners, it’s important to have a professional finish so that your carpet is cleaned to the highest quality possible and so you’re assured of clean, fresh carpet.

If you hire a reputable carpet cleaning company, they should be able to come to your home and clean it with ease and not leave a stain behind. in a corner. It’s also a good idea to request for pictures of past jobs so you can get an idea of how professional the company is in general.

Whether you hire an Auckland carpet cleaning company to keep your carpets clean or you do it yourself, you should get the best quality service. possible. This is not an easy job, so you want to ensure that you’re getting professional service and you’re getting the right products. The more you know about the company and the reputation of the Auckland carpet cleaning company, the better.

What Are The Facts On How Is CBD Legal To Consume In Australia


The use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes is legal in Australia and has been since the early 1990’s. However, the medical community in the country have not embraced the use of this particular form of natural healing as yet.

Is CBD really that beneficial to the human body? What are the advantages of using the plant?

As stated before, the medical community in the country is not so sure about the safety of this specific type of medicine. There is a very large body of evidence that points to the fact that there are some health concerns associated with its use. For example, it may be linked to some serious side effects, such as seizures.

These are not just the result of any one of its many side effects. They actually are related to a lack of certain compounds in the plant itself. For example, the essential oil from the CBD plant contains cannabidiol, also known as CBD. This particular chemical in the plant is linked to the creation of the chemicals that create the seizure-producing substances that occur when we are under the influence of too much of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

It may also be responsible for the reduction of blood pressure and even an improvement in memory. If CBD is not able to reach its intended effect in the brain, then the person who uses it will not be able to produce the results that he or she expected. This means that it is important to understand the possible side effects of CBD before taking it.

Is it legal in Australia? Yes, it is – but only for medical use.

CBD can be used to treat a number of different illnesses, including epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression. Some doctors even believe that CBD has therapeutic properties for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

Is it really safe? It is certainly possible to take a small amount of this type of medicine and be fine.

Is it legal for consumption in Australia? It is legal, but only for medical purposes.

Is it legal for people to buy CBD oil online in Australia without a prescription? It is completely legal, but only for medical purposes.

How is it legal for people to purchase CBD capsules without a prescription? It is legal for people to buy these capsules at online stores.

How is it legal for people to consume CBD oil in the form of capsules without a prescription? It is legal for people to purchase it as a liquid supplement.

How is it legal for people to take CBD orally? It is legal for people to take it in pill or tea form.

Can people in Australia use CBD? Yes, they can. Although it is very dangerous for people to ingest CBD, it can be useful for them in certain ways, such as helping them to sleep at night.

Can it be consumed on its own? It can be consumed by itself, but only as a supplement.

Can it be purchased legally online? It can be purchased legally online.

So, in summary, what are the facts on how is it legal to consume? There are many questions that need to be answered before it becomes clear. However, it does seem clear that CBD supplements are legal for those who are suffering from certain illnesses.

Where can I buy CBD? It can be purchased online.

How is it legal to consume? It is legal for those who are suffering from certain illnesses.

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