OWIA CEO Geoff Lipshut - "This is a huge step forward for athletes at the next Olympic Games in 2022 and importantly for our athletes of tomorrow. Through our partnership with Gymnastics Australia, this facility creates huge potential for gymnasts to successfully transfer their skills into aerial skiing and offers an opportunity for many more young Australians from around the country to get involved in winter sport."
Acting Manager of Sleeman Sports Complex Angus Macdonald - "This pool was purpose-built for this facility and while it’s wonderful that the community have had access to an additional pool in recent years, it’s great to finally see the facility up and running and watching the incredible skills of these high performance athletes and for our venue to play a small part in Australia’s push for Winter Olympic gold in 2022. As a training and development base for community, emerging and elite athletes across a wide range of sports, this sort of facility is the perfect addition to the SSC, and further establishes it as a hub for elite training."
OWIA Chair Geoff Henke - "This facility will continue to develop Australian freestyle skiers of all ages and abilities. At the elite level it will help to eliminate a competitive disadvantage, allowing Australian athletes to train and giving them a critical edge. It also provides a talent pathway to identify and develop talent from the grassroots up to ensure Winter Sports continue to grow."
Dave Morris, – Three-time Olympian and Sochi 2014 silver medallist; part of national aerial coaching team - "We’ve been kicked off facilities overseas to make way for other countries. This home facility gives us as many jumping days as we need, we can train at the right time each day, it gives us a bigger advantage than we’ve ever had."
Danielle Scott, PyeongChang and Sochi Olympian, World Cup gold medallist and World Championships silver medallist - "We’ve been dreaming of this for a long time. To have our own facility on home soil really means the world- we’ve been at the mercy of other countries for so long and all that money we’ve been putting overseas can be put back into Queensland. For the development of the sport in Australia this is huge."