Sharing Australia’s professional skills and expertise with the world
Thanks to the pioneering work of generations of sports innovators, Australia enjoys outstanding capabilities in sports administration and governance, high-performance training, sports journalism, broadcast technology, major event management, and infrastructure development.
Sport Exchange Australia is aware of just how much Australia’s sports professionals have to offer the world, and is committed to helping them connect with the global sports community.
Sport Exchange Australia also recognises how much sport contributes to the economy through tourism and trade, and provides support to Australian sport organisations in their efforts to have international teams compete in this country, and to host large-scale international events.
Australian sports organisations have a reputation for professionalism. They have a long history of running sporting teams as commercial successes, managing profitable events and competitions, supporting the health and wellbeing of athletes, and promoting fair play. Having learned from both their successes and their failures, they have a wealth of skills, experience and hard-won knowledge to share with peers around the globe.
Through the Australian Institute of Sport and the state and territory institutes and academies of sport, Australia has actively invested in the skills, facilities and resources required to cultivate high-performance athletes. That expertise is now being shared to help build the professional capacity of sports organisations across our region, and to help foster a new generation of sporting champions.
The Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 gave Australia an opportunity to showcase its strengths, not only in the logistics of event management, but in the recruitment and organisation of a highly effective volunteer workforce. Those strengths will be on display again when Australia and New Zealand co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
From Alan McGilvray and Richie Benaud in cricket, to Les Murray in football, and the pioneers of women’s commentary including Debbie Spillane, Caroline Wilson and Stephanie Brantz, Australia’s sports journalists enjoy an international reputation for professionalism and passion. Through training programs, mentorships and other global initiatives, they continue to share their skills and their love of sport with the international sports community.
Australia has a long and proud history of innovative sports broadcast technology. Australian broadcasters were the first to develop dashboard-mounted cameras in motor racing, the first to introduce the animated ‘world record line’ graphic to Olympic swimming coverage, and the first to pioneer a range of high-tech tools to capture the motion of the ball as it passed bat, pad and stumps in cricket. Recent years have seen a proliferation of collaborative partnerships between Australian and international businesses, with more to come.
Australian engineers, architects and designers have had a significant impact on the global sports community. They have worked with international governments and sports organisations to build sports infrastructure including stadiums, sports fields, and aquatic facilities for both the Sydney and Beijing Olympics. The specialist knowledge they have cultivated will continue to be valuable to the international sports community for years to come.