Royal visit showcases Queensland’s athletes, entrepreneurs, and scientists
Science, sport and business were on the agenda last week as His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited Queensland during his Australian tour.
A champion of innovation, science and technology, The Duke met local researchers, athletes, officials and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games volunteers.
Scientists from the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics discussed with The Duke their work in developing a new vaccine for malaria.
The hospital and institute are located in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, a knowledge-based, mixed use community that will accommodate athletes and officials during the Games. The precinct is expected to inject more than $1 billion into the local economy and create up to 26,000 jobs at its peak.
Entrepreneurs also had an audience with The Duke at Bond University, where they participated in the pitch@palace program. The program supports selected entrepreneurs by connecting them with potential supporters, business partners and mentors.
The Duke also inspected the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara where badminton, weightlifting, wrestling and para powerlifting events will be held during the Games. Australian Olympian Wendy Chen Hsuan-yu provided a badminton demonstration and talked about preparing for the Games.
The Duke’s journey to Queensland is the first of many by members of the Royal Family and international dignitaries as part of the Games. The Prince of Wales and the Earl of Wessex will attend the Games as representatives of Her Majesty the Queen and the Commonwealth Games Federation.