From gold to Great for Olympic champion

Olympic gold medalist Nat Cook. | Newsreel
New Queensland Great and Olympic gold medallist Nat Cook.

Olympic gold medallist Nat Cook is one of six Queenslanders named Greats as part of Queensland Day celebrations.

Ms Cook, the driving force behind the Aussie Athlete Fund, said she was honoured to be named a Queensland Great.

“I represented my country for 20 years in the green and gold, but always wore maroon underneath,” she said.

The other individual 2024 Queensland Greats are scientist and biotechnology leader Emeritus Professor Peter Andrews, award-winning fashion stylist and retailer Keri Craig-Lee, construction industry entrepreneur and philanthropist Scott Hutchinson, Torres Strait Islands advocate and community leader Getano Lui (Jnr) and former Gold Coast Mayor and philanthropist Sir Bruce Small, who was posthumously awarded.

World-leading aeromedicine community service LifeFlight was also named a Queensland Great.

Premier Steven Miles said the Greats would be honoured with bronze plaques installed alongside previous recipients at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane.

Premier Miles said there were now 125 individuals, 20 institutions, and 11 posthumous recipients of a Queensland Greats award.

The Queensland Greats Awards program began in 2001 to honour people and organisations who have made a meaningful contribution to, or whose achievements have significantly impacted, the history and development of Queensland.