How to ensure rowing remains relevant with John Boultbee AM – Faster Podcast

In my first conversation with John, he left us on a ‘cliffhanger’ with what rowing needs to do to stay relevant. In this follow up conversation, John shares his thoughts on what rowing needs to do to stay relevant and thrive, vs. survive.

John Boultbee AM, is well known in Australian as a lawyer and leading Australian sport administrator, particularly in relation to rowing and football. In 1990, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to rowing as an administrator. Between 1989 and 1995, John was Secretary General of the International Rowing Federation (FISA). John was a board member of the International Rowing Federation, Rowing Australia and Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta.

  • What John would do now to ensure rowing stays relevant
  • How the exclusion of lightweight rowing is hurting the sport
  • Why changing the format is not the answer to attract more people to rowing 
  • What rowing can learn from other sports
  • What led to the Australian Olympic team’s success in 2000
  • Vision of the National Sports Tribunal