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Keogh founder proud to be part of Olympic Committee

Coolum-based small business owner and community leader Allan Keogh has been appointed to the Business and Tourism Committee of the Sunshine Coast 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Announced last month, Allan is one of 12 voluntary members on the sub-committee headed by Jennifer Swaine and deputy Melanie Anderson, which feeds into the greater Sunshine Coast 2032 Taskforce led by Roz White and her board.

Mr Keogh said he hoped sharing more than four decades of expertise as a strategic planner, adviser and coach to individuals and leadership teams would help prepare the local business community to make the most of opportunities the Games presented.

“Analysis released by KMPG last year showed the games will inject more than $8 billion into Queensland’s economy and I would like to see small businesses thrive as part of that windfall,” he said.

“I joined the chorus championing Queensland’s bid to host the Olympics and am thrilled at the once-in-a-generation opportunity it brings to local businesses and the tourism industry.

“The committee membership represents a diversity of talent and experience forming a prime knowledge sharing vehicle, ensuring the business community across the Sunshine Coast is informed and engaged about the Games.”

Under its terms, the sub-committee is to provide a coordinated, independent voice for the business community, identifying and maximising engagement and procurement opportunities for local businesses in the lead up to and during the Olympic Games.

Activities may include developing a communication and engagement strategy including events, programs and initiatives for local businesses.

A 21-member community consultancy group will assist the committee with its functions, allowing for input from a wide cross section of the community.

Mr Keogh congratulated fellow appointed committee members and thanked Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien for instigating the Sunshine Coast 2032 Taskforce process.

“Ted was instrumental as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games while the bidding process was underway,” he said.

“With this foresight, the leadership of Roz White, her deputy chairs Olympians Duncan Armstrong and Brendan Burkett, and close to a decade of preparation time, Queensland is going to be the envy of the globe when Australia hosts the Olympic Games for the first time in 32 years.”


For more information on the Sunshine Coast 2032 Taskforce visit


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