Hockey Australia aims to create a legacy in Queensland by the Brisbane 2032 Olympics ©Hockey Australia

Hockey Australia will be collaborating with Hockey Queensland in a legacy building project for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, it has been announced.

The Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (BOCOG) will be using temporary hockey pitches and infrastructures at the Ballymore Rugby Union precinct for the Games.

Both hockey organisations have agreed that the State of Queensland needs a new facility that can host international hockey competitions and serve as a community centre.

The current facility does not meet the standards of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), as the ratio of synthetic pitches to players is the lowest in the country.

David Pryles, the Hockey Australia chief executive, expressed the importance of the project in the build-up to Brisbane 2032.

"Queensland is a burgeoning and successful hockey state that has produced a multitude of our best Hockeyroos and Kookaburras," said Pryles.

"There has been a huge emphasis by all levels of Government, the Australian Olympic Committee and national sporting organisations on ensuring we capitalise on this once in a generation green and gold runway leading up to Brisbane 2032.

There is currently no venue specific for field hockey at Brisbane 2032 ©Getty Images
There is currently no venue specific for field hockey at Brisbane 2032 ©Getty Images

"Establishing a dedicated, purpose built and permanent hockey facility is integral to this. Hockey is one of our most successful Olympic sports and has 1.4 million people across Australia engaged with the sport.

"This is a crucial and perfect time to invest in creating a lasting legacy that will have positive long terms impacts for not only hockey, but the broader Australian sporting community.

"We are a proud and successful sporting nation and new infrastructure for hockey in Brisbane is long overdue.

"This will ensure the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras remain among the world’s best, while inspiring future generations to pick up a hockey stick, be active and reap the physical and mental benefits that being involved in sport provide."

Hockey Australia and Hockey Queensland are planning strategically to make the sport a much bigger deal as the nation has not hosted an FIH tournament since 1999.

The nation has had success in field hockey at the Olympics, with the men's team winning the 2004 edition, while the women's team triumphed in the 1988, 1996 and 2000 editions.

Australia women's hockey team has won three titles at the Olympics ©Getty Images
Australia women's hockey team has won three titles at the Olympics ©Getty Images

"The runway to the 2032 Olympic Games and beyond is a great opportunity for the sport of hockey to investigate new sustainable infrastructure, which will assist hockey to continue to be Australia’s most successful Olympic team sport," said Hockey Queensland chief executive Alison Lyons.

"Sixty-two Queenslanders have represented Australian Olympic hockey teams (22 per cent of the teams) and 40 of those are Olympic medallists.

"Queensland has clearly made a significant and invaluable contribution to the success of Australia’s most successful Olympic team sport. 

"If we want to continue to develop world class hockey players in Queensland, we need to continue to provide the right environment for them to train and compete."

The two hockey organisations have created a working group that will develop a feasible study to show to the Government.