About Us

The Queensland Olympic Council (QOC) operates as the state office of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). The QOC’s aim is to project the AOC’s commitment to spread and maintain the ideals of Olympism and the Olympic Movement through education and the development of Queensland based Australian athletes, encouraging both high performance sport and sport for all.

The QOC’s main objective is to provide both Queensland and Australian athletes, with the best possible opportunity to reach their highest potential and to achieve the ultimate goal of representing Australia with distinction at the world's most prestigious sports festival, the Olympic Games.

The Queensland Olympic Council has a number of stakeholders and associated clubs as well as conducting a number of fundraising events and Educational programs.

State Sporting Organisations (SSOs)

SSO’s are the major stakeholders of the QOC and are empowered to elect Officers and three of the six Executive Board Members at the AGM following the Summer Olympic Games.

The QOC embraces SSO’s and offers assistance when necessary and maintains contact through General Council meetings held once a year.


Fundraising for the Australian Olympic Team is one of the primary functions of the QOC. The QOC aims to raise funds in support of the Team through a number of avenues including a Qld Government Donation, fundraising functions and state wide fundraising programs.

Olympic Education

The QOC focuses on educating the wider community about the Olympic Movement, its ideals and philosophy, through a number of Educational programs, tours and school visitations.

QOC Volunteer & Work Practicum Opportunities

The QOC actively promotes the involvement of both volunteers and University and High School Practicum students.

Each year the QOC assists students undertake their practicum requirements with students assisting in a number of tasks ranging from general office duties, to assisting with the promotion and running of fundraising events and the Pierre de Coubertin Awards.

If you would like to conduct your practicum at the QOC please contact qoc@olympics.com.au or (07) 3121 6428.

The QOC also encourages the participation of volunteers for both general office duties and assistance in the running of fundraising ventures and other events throughout the state. If you would like to volunteer for the QOC please contact the office on the details provided above.

1956 Olympic Torchbearers Club

The 1956 Olympic Torchbearers Club Inc (Cairns) was founded to create a club for 1956 Olympic Torch Relay Runners. The club also has associate members who were support crews and local government members during the 1956 relay. Apart from providing a vehicle for contact between ‘56 runners, the club also aims to promote and support aspiring young athletes in Olympic sports with the goal of producing future Olympic Champions.

Contact details:

1956 Olympic Torchbearers Club Inc (Cairns)
PO Box 2148
Cairns QLD 4870

  •     Patron: Con Verevis 07 4091 4283
  •     President: Jim Vallely 07 4053 2150
  •     Vice President: Dennis Stevenson 07 4065 3223
  •     Treasurer: Bill Cummings 07 4031 2888