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John
Bertrand

Australian sporting hero.

Profile

John Bertrand is a businessman, international sportsman, and philanthropist.

In his business career, he successfully built companies in the marine industry, property development and digital media industries in Silicon Valley.

Current experience:

John is president of Swimming Australia, which includes the Australian Olympic swim team, bound for the Tokyo Olympics.

He was the co-founder and chairman of Quokka Sports, a pioneering digital sports broadcast company based in San Francisco in partnership with NBC of America.

He is chairman of The Sport Australia Hall Fame and formerly chair of the Alannah and Madeline children’s foundation.

Previous experience:

He skippered the winged keel Australia 2 to victory over the US Defender Liberty to win the 1983 America's Cup, breaking 132 years of American domination and in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport.

The Confederation of Australian Sport voted the Australia2 victory as the ‘greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport’.
Olympic bronze medalist, America’s Cup winner and 2010 World Etchell class sailing champion, John is a Legend of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University, a Master of Science from MIT in Boston and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University.

In September 2016, he again won the world Etchell class sailing championships.

In 2016, John was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition for his leadership in sporting administration, in particular Olympic sailing and swimming, children’s welfare, higher education and mentoring of young people.

John is a creator and leader of high performance teams, at the very highest level and continues to mentor young aspiring Olympians.

Media
Expertise
Topics
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Disruption
  • Digital
  • Challenge & Adventure
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Olympics & Paralympics
  • Swimming
  • America's Cup
Feedback
John was most thorough in his approach to understanding the clients needs. Ralph Kearle, Eventures

John related extremely well to a diverse audience, some of whom were initially sceptical. His impact was remarkable as he was able to demonstrate the value of thinking beyond our current parameters. His use of the 1983 America's Cup as a case study was excellent and shows what is possible with a highly focused and planned campaign.

Athletics Australia

A true gentleman with a great story to tell, will tailor his experience to work within clients requirements thus presenting a strong message of team work, ability to change and take risks.

Event Production Management
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