10 October 2017
On 10 October 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), and the Japan Australia Business Co-Operation Committee (JABCC) co-hosted a Sports for Business Breakfast with speaker Mr John Wylie, Chair of the Australian Sports Commission.
Mr Wylie outlined 'Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022', the Government's high performance game plan for moving Australian sport from world class to world best.
The Winning Edge sets high targets for Australia to be a top five nation at the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 at the winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one at the Commonwealth Games and have more than 20 world champions annually.
Using the Australian experience at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a point of comparison, Mr Wylie also highlighted the way “domestic and international focus on sport will create significant opportunity in Japan…driving significant growth in the sports products market” and “in the consumption of sport and the associated economic opportunities”. He outlined the vast opportunities for growth in women’s sports, the Paralympic games and technological sports innovation, while warning of the challenges involved in maintaining such a high level of growth after the Olympic Games. Mr Wylie concluded by asserting that “Australia looks forward to strengthening our very important partnership with Japan for mutual benefit, both in the sporting arena…and commercially”.
ANZCCJ would like to thank Mr Wylie for taking the time to share his knowledge and insights. A special thank you to our co-hosts, AJBCC and JABCC and to our guests for joining us.
Please find the full transcript of Mr Wylie`s speech here: John Wylie Sport and Business Speech ANZCCJ Tokyo Oct 2017.pdf