“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.” Nelson Mandela

Sport is not just about the players, the competition and the spectacle – it also plays an important role at the individual, community, and global level.

For the individual, sport can develop one’s personal abilities, general health and self-knowledge. It can also bring communities together and contribute to economic and social growth and improve public health.

On the global level, it can also have long-lasting positive impact on development and peace between nations. However, sport is not a solution for development problems. Culturally, it can be as complex as society and have negative side effects such as violence, corruption, discrimination, nationalism, doping and fraud. Our three guest speakers John Grant, Paul Henry and Brenden Hall will discuss the power of sport from their perspectives and how it contributes to developing communities, economies and the individual on both a local and global scale.

Mr Paul Henry
Paul is an internationally recognised expert in the design and master planning of stadia, racecourses, arenas and the planning of Olympic Games. He is an Australian architect with worldwide success. Paul sits on the global board of the world’s largest specialist architecture practice, Populous, as both an owner of the worldwide firm, Chairman of global strategy and CEO of the Asia Pacific region. Paul obtained a Bachelors degree in both Architecture and Design from The University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Many of Paul’s stadium designs have become a centrepiece for a city’s development, a legacy for their communities incorporating innovative design with environmental sustainability and an opportunity to showcase Australian skills and expertise. Governments throughout Asia have invited Paul to lead discussions on the procurement and design of sports, event and entertainment facilities to best suit the needs of a city and its community. Paul has pioneered innovative design solutions in approaching the atmosphere and psychology of very large crowds within entertainment facilities.

Mr John Grant
John Grant is an Australian businessman, rugby league football administrator and current chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, which controls rugby league in Australia. A former player of the 1970s, he was a Queensland interstate representative three-quarter back and a member of the Australian team, which lost the 1972 World Cup to Great Britain in France. Grant had been playing club football for the Brisbane Rugby League's South’s club under Wayne Bennett. Following the World Cup, Grant joined English club Warrington. Grant completed an engineering degree at The University of Queensland before taking up a scholarship with Brisbane City Council. He went on to head the IT company Data#3 and become chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association. In 2011, Grant was named as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission. The 2012 NRL season was the commission's first in control of the League.

Mr Brenden Hall
Brenden first made an impact on an international scale at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships where he returned home with four gold medals around his neck, including gold in the 5km open water swim. After contracting chicken pox, Brenden was forced to have his right leg amputated and is hearing impaired. Having already experienced the Paralympics buzz in Beijing at the tender age of 15, Brenden Hall came of age in London. The freestyle expert hit his peak at the right time to convincingly win gold in the 400m freestyle and the 4x100m men’s freestyle relay team as well as the bronze as part of the 4x100m medley relay team. At such a young age, Brenden believes this is just the beginning of his sporting career, with multiple World Championships and Paralympic Games to follow.

Global Leadership Series: The Power of Sport from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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