On behalf of the Government and people of Australia, I am honoured to welcome athletes, coaches, officials and supporters from around the world to the 2019 INAS Global Games.
Australians love their sport and we are passionate about its ability to bring out the best of the human spirit. We also have a long and proud association with the Games, having competed in every tournament since they began in 2004.
It is a huge privilege to host the Games this year, and I thank everyone taking part for helping to ensure it is not only the largest sporting event for elite athletes with intellectual impairment, but the greatest one too.
Our host city, Brisbane, looks forward to delivering an exciting, accessible and friendly event for competitors and spectators; and to being an enthusiastic and welcoming host.
The Games will be supported by the Games Volunteers Program bringing together hundreds of volunteers passionate about supporting the athletes and the INAS Global Games.
The 2019 INAS Global Games will be a wonderful spectacle of sporting achievement, and I join fans in wishing all competitors the best of luck in what I’m sure will be a thrilling and memorable event.