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The “other side” of the Olympics!

There are numerous satellite events at the Games that can keep you as busy as going to the actual sporting competitions. Saturday night it was Austrade’s Australia Unlimited Event taking place at the impressive Australian High Commission that had a collection of over 300 guests.

This business style reception was designed to promote Australia’s major sporting capabilities to those international people responsible for running future major sporting events. There was a signicant introduction and business matching program.

The Federal Sport Minister Kate Lundy addressed the guests, the av show was first class as were the nibbles and drinks. There seemed to be lots of networking and and there were several unis including Victoria University, UTS and Griffith making contacts and networking. Yes the tertiary sector has a role to play in the export of Olympic knowledge.

I have been to a number of Austrade events at the Beijing and Vancouver Games and this was the biggest and best by far. Very well done by Ashley White and his extremely helpful team. Glad I wasn’t picking up the tab but I guess I am as these are my taxes at work. Only question now is that won’t we have to keep our medal tally high if we are going to sell our expertise! The pressure is on!

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