Faster Podcast – Conversation with John Boultbee AM

Former FISA Secretary General, Director of Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and CEO of the Australian Sports Tribunal shares his thoughts on what rowing needs to do to stay relevant.

Mr John Boultbee AM is a lawyer and leading sport administrator with over 20 years’ experience as a judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He has previously served as the first Secretary General of FISA; Director of the Australian Institute of Sport; Head of National Teams, Football Federation Australia; and High Performance Director, Volleyball Australia. He received a Member of the Order of Australia for services to rowing as an administrator.

In part 1 of our 2 part interview, John shares his passion for rowing, as well as his perspective, on what rowing needs to do to stay relevant and exciting now and in the future.

  • What FISA needs to do to make rowing relevant and exciting for the current and future generations.
  • How rowing figures in future Olympic Games.
  • Why we don’t need create novel new events and why we need to capture the excitement of traditional rowing through well televised and an improved spectacle for the majority of people watching rowing.
  • How better access through second screens and streaming, will help rowing to stay relevant.
  • What we can learn from Henley Royal Regatta’s approach.
  • The importance of live data and animation.
  • The excitement of Coastal Rowing and the role Coastal Rowing has to play in the future of our sport.