In a major boost to Canberra’s reputation for hosting major international Business meetings, the city will play host to the International Symposium on Biomechanics & Medicine in Swimming in 2014.
It’s the first time the conference has been held outside the Northern Hemisphere and will attract 500 international delegates to Canberra.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Swimming Australia and the Canberra Convention Bureau (Bureau) collaborated to secure the conference for Canberra.
“Our bid played to Canberra’s strengths” said Robyn Hendry, CEO of the Bureau.
“We combined the reputation, skills and facilities of the AIS and its staff, the academic and research capability of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, the credibility of Swimming Australia and the organisation capability of the Bureau. The strong endorsement of the bid by both the ACT and Federal Governments was also critical to our success. This is a great result for Canberra. It shows what we can do when we work together to identify the right sort of opportunities”.
Robyn Hendry said the bid is another important win for the Bureau’s THINK CANBERRA strategy, an initiative of the Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG).
“Canberra is home to some of the world’s leading academic and research universities’, home of the Australian Story through our national cultural institutions and home of the Australian Government” said Ms Hendry. “When you draw these three elements together and add in the fact that we are a modern, small city we have a great package to take to the world. We will continue to work on bringing these sorts of business meetings to Canberra because they have such a big impact on the local economy and community”.
Canberra’s bid was tabled through Dr. Bruce Mason from the Australian Institute of Sport with support from Swimming Australia and the John Curtin School of Medical Research. The bid also had strong political support from former Sports Minister Kate Ellis, Tourism Minister Martin Fergusson, Chief Minister John Stanhope and ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr.
Dr. Mason said major reasons behind Canberra winning the right to host the 2014 conference was the unique technology and quality of aquatics research conducted in Canberra at the AIS.
“The steering committee recognised the importance of the new technology pool at the AIS and its unique analysis systems that help in the preparation of Australian National Swim team members,” said Dr. Mason.
“One of the major reasons the BMS2014 conference was given to Canberra was the high standard of aquatics research conducted here.
“The new technology pool at the AIS is regarded internationally by aquatics scientists as a premier international aquatics research laboratory as well as an excellent training facility for elite swimmers.”
Leigh Nugent, Head Coach at Swimming Australia, believes the AIS is the ideal host to the Symposium.
“To host an international conference of this nature in Canberra is a great honour for the AIS and the ACT,” said Nugent.
“The AIS has been at the forefront of biomechanics in swimming for the past 20 years and what better place to host such a conference than the home of the most technically advanced and scientific swimming in the world.”