Municipal Works Australia are putting the final touches onto our planning for next March’s 28th National Municipal Works and Engineering Conference which will be held at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo. The theme for the event is Embracing Change and Transformation, reflecting issues that are constant factor in the life of municipal workers and the organisations that service the municipal works industry.
The members of the conference organizing committee have been hard at work securing a diverse array of speakers that highlight the facets of breakthrough innovation and creativity, leading change, and reengagement. The committee is therefore please to announce that we have secured the services of Australian Olympic Athletics 1500-meter superstar Peter Bol OLY who will provide the opening keynote address.
Born in Sudan, Peter migrated to Australia at a young age and has called Australia his home ever since.
In 2004, at the age of 10, Peter touched down in Toowoomba with his family – and it felt like he had made it already! Life was going to be very different compared to what he was used to, but Peter could also tell that there would be exciting opportunities and challenges ahead of him.
Peter comes from a big family of 7, and so when they had to learn a new language, they took it as an exciting challenge – and with his siblings, they very quickly turned it into a competition! Peter never looked back from there. From a young age Peter developed a real passion for sport – he followed the Premier League in Europe and the World Cup almost religiously, but also the NBA and especially Aussie rules and rugby.
Sport was always in his blood. After four years in Toowoomba and the end of primary school, Peter’s family decided to move to Perth where he was awarded a basketball scholarship at St Norbert College. It was only when he was 17 and with the guidance of a teacher that Peter registered with a track club outside of school. After four years in Toowoomba and the end of primary school, Peter’s family decided to move to Perth where he was awarded a basketball scholarship at St Norbert College. It was only when he was 17 and with the guidance of a teacher that Peter registered with a track club outside of school.
You’ll be able to hear about Peter’s journey firsthand, along with his experience in running the race of his life in finishing fourth in the 1500-metre final at the Tokyo Olympics. You’ll also hear about Peters preparations for the 2024 Rio Olympics.