Queensland Academy of Sport
By applying for the Youfor2032 Talent Identification Program, you are taking the first step to what could be the most unforgettable life experiences you’ll ever have. There will be hard work, many challenges, disappointments and triumphs. For those who make it, the experience of representing your country in the world’s biggest sporting event will be unparalleled.
Everyone’s story is different, but for most who have climbed to the upper echelons of sport, there has been a lot of support, development and assistance along the way. That’s where we come in. Identifying sporting talent at the right time plays a huge factor in achieving success. We want to give our talented Queenslanders the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport by supporting them with specialised development, training and coaching programs.
In partnership with Sports, the Youfor2032 Talent Identification Program is one approach to developing our next generation of sporting heroes. Sports will also continue to closely track and monitor talent from within their own sporting pathways. To ensure no stone is left unturned, we are working with Sports to identify talent that may not have been discovered for a particular sport – but could be really good at it! Maybe you are an aspiring netballer or footballer, but who knows, you may have the potential to be a world-beater in canoeing, cycling or rowing!
Elite sport is hard. So is our selection process. It is designed to be rigorous and challenging to ensure the right athletes are identified as realistic prospects for reaching the podium.
There are a number of steps involved in the process before final selections are made. These are outlined in the graphic below. Be aware at application stage you’ll be asked a series of questions to look at your suitability in Youfor2032.
Our goal is to give all young Queenslanders the opportunity to apply for Youfor2032. Olympic sport testing days will be hosted across Queensland, starting in May through to September 2022. Below is a list of regions, cities, towns and suburbs in Queensland identified as venues for Youfor2032 testing sessions. As part of the selection process, athletes will need to be prepared to attend a Youfor2032 testing day, followed by subsequent sport-specific testing should you be selected.
Paralympic sport applications:
The first Youfor2032 Para Come and Try Day has been scheduled for Saturday 15 October at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane. The first day will provide opportunities for aspiring athletes interested in Para Swimming, Para Cycling, Para Triathlon and Para Canoe.
The second Youfor2032 Para Come and Try Day has been scheduled for Sunday 13 November at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane. The second day will provide opportunities for aspiring athletes interested in Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Para Archery and Para Athletics (seated throws).
If you are interested to give these sports a try, please go to the APPLY page and register for the program. Once you have applied, the QAS will contact you directly to advise of the specific details of the event.
Please note that each sport and event has specific impairment requirements and this will be discussed at the Youfor2032 Come and Try Day, so not everyone will ultimately be eligible for all sports. All participants are welcome to try them all initially on the day.
Friday 29 July 2022
Friday 20 May
Monday 25 July 2022
Tuesday 26 July 2022
Tuesday 26 July 2022
Thursday 28 July 2022
Saturday 21 May 2022
Wednesday 31 August 2022 (NEW)
Thursday 1 September 2022 (NEW)
Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2022
Monday 30 May 2022
Tuesday 31 May & 1 June 2022
Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June 2022
Thursday 9 June 2022
Friday 10, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June 2022
Monday 13 June 2022
Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 June 2022
Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June 2022
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 July 2022
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2022
Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 July 2022
Wednesday 20 July 2022 & Friday 2 September 2022 (NEW)
Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 July 2022
Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July 2022
Tuesday 2 August 2022
Thursday 11 August 2022
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 2022
Thursday 25 August 2022
Tuesday 30 August 2022
Tuesday 16 August 2022
Thursday 18 August 2022
Wednesday 6 July 2022
Wednesday 3 August 2022
Saturday 6, Sunday 7 & Monday 8 August 2022
Wednesday 24 August 2022
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August 2022
Monday 4 July 2022
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 2022
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 September 2022
When you submit your application, there will be an opportunity to select your preferred testing session location and time.
Please note: Dates, times and venues may change at short notice. If so, and you have booked into a session that is affected, the QAS will communicate directly with you.
Youfor2032 has the aim of providing supportive development to young athletes so they can achieve the very best out of their natural sporting gifts. Selection into the program will give athletes the opportunity to receive dedicated development, training, and expert coaching programs to maximise their potential.
Developing sporting talent into sporting achievements is our primary focus.
Who is eligible to apply for this program?
Queenslanders born between 2009 to 1999 (13 and 23 years). This means those who will be at least 13 in 2022 (born 2009) and no older than 23 in 2022 (born 1999).
Para-Sports are accepting those who are a born between 2009 and 1992 (13 to 30 years). This means those who will be at least 13 in 2022 (born 2009) and no older than 30 in 2022 (born 1992).
What if I don’t fall within the age bracket?
You will not be eligible for this general Talent Identification Program. However, you may be eligible for some sport specific programs which will become available in late 2022 and into 2023. Skateboarding and diving would be examples of younger age groups that can be accommodated in specific campaigns for those with aspirations to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Remember, Youfor2032 is not the only way for Queensland athletes to get to the Olympic or Paralympic Games. There are already great talent pathways operating at the local, regional and state levels where athletes identified are given opportunities through the respective sporting organisations.
Is Youfor2032 a multi-year program?
Yes, the quest for the best will continue in the lead up to 2032.
If I'm not successful, what happens next?
Every Youfor2032 applicant will receive a contact listing of Regional Development Officers and or equivalent within the respective Sports. If you are not successful, but interested in getting involved in one of those Sports, we would encourage you to reach out to this contact who will, where possible, find ways to introduce you to the sport in your local area.
Unfortunately, Youfor2032, can’t quality assure the potential “offering” of sport development programs across the entire State and the full breadth of Sport we are searching for.
Reality is with elite sport, less than 10% will ever get to the podium. This is across many industries, not just sport. We are conscious of that at the QAS, so there are four things to ensure you have a positive experience:
1. Receive a contact listing of Regional Development Officers or equivalent representatives from within respective sports
2. Youfor2032 testing sessions across an Olympic and Paralympic cycle, capturing those who are not currently eligible or late developers
3. Receive a personalised report showing testing results compared to benchmark
4. Youfor2032 educational program for parents and guardians with resources to contribute to your potential success.
Can I still aim to go to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, even if I don’t try out in the QAS Youfor2032 Talent Identification Program?
Absolutely! Your sporting clubs, and State and National sporting associations are always scanning athletes within their own sports and competition results to identify and support athletes of the future. If you perform well, you are very likely to be noticed and supported.
If I get offered a chance to try a new sport through this Talent Identification Program, does this mean that I have to give up the sports that I am doing already?
In the beginning, no, you shouldn’t change a thing! If you do get selected by a sport you will first get an opportunity to participate in a three (3) month trial period – there is no guarantee that you will be selected to continue. An extra sport can actually be somewhat helpful for developing your sporting abilities. However, in the long term, if you are a real talent, it will be necessary to prioritise and commit to your main sport.
I noticed that my Queensland region isn’t on the testing list. Can I still participate?
We have done our best to provide a testing location for all Queenslanders, across the State. In some very remote locations, we know that athletic talent is definitely out there. We are currently developing a slightly different approach to support talent in these locations.
Do I have to relocate from my home and region to join this Talent Development program?
In the beginning – no you won’t need to relocate. Sports are committed to making this program as inclusive as possible to allow as much talent to be developed irrespective of where you live. This means that the sports organisations will make as many modifications as needed to help get you started and confident within your new sport. Longer term, if you are a real talent, you will find that you might need to travel more for your competitions. If you end up making a national squad or team, you may be required to relocate to ensure you are in the best possible environment to develop your sporting expertise.
You say 20,000 will be tested, but only 400 will be selected to continue. Will there be other opportunities for those not successful?
Youfor2032 is about opportunity, choices and never any guarantees. We want to provide you an opportunity to see how good you could be. There are already great talent pathways operating at the local, regional and state levels where athletes are identified and given opportunities. If you perform well, you are very likely to be noticed and supported.
What if my Sport of choice isn‘t listed?
It is not possible for every sport to be supported by the Youfor2032 program. The QAS has made a commitment to supporting those sports which increase the probability of developing future Queensland medallists. As an athlete, if you are looking to continue in a sport that is not listed or you are outside the age range for the Olympic and Paralympic sports, just stay put and remain active there. Sport are already great at identifying talent for the future. Alternatively, you can consider applying through the Youfor2032 program to see if you have what it takes to potentially make it in a different sport!
Can athletes with a disability also participate in this program?
Yes. This Talent Identification Program is designed to identify potential talents for both the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.
Paralympics Australia are strongly committed and will be providing their expertise to support the program.
I have completed a para-registration. When can I sign up for a testing session?
Please note that Paralympic sport assessments will be finalised once applications have been assessed during the initial months of the campaign launch. Paralympic assessments will be undertaken in partnership with Paralympic Australia and other State and National Sporting Organisations. This means, those who submit an application as an aspiring Paralympic athlete will be contacted directly via email and be notified to attend a Para come and try days.
The testing session is full, will you open more to match demand?
There are limited opportunities in each location Youfor2032 visits. We recommend registering as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!
The QAS will keep an eye on those locations filling fast, and may include another testing session if demand is there. However, we can’t guarantee another session will open up. What we can guarantee is Youfor2032 aspires to be a multi-cycle event in the lead up to 2032!
Have an enquiry about Youfor2032? Contact the Queensland Academy of Sport via
13 QGOV (13 74 68)