Australia’s most capped rugby player is helping people to move smarter and perform better
Rugby World Cup Champion, George Gregan (OAM), came up with the concept due to a passion for helping people to move smarter and ultimately perform better in whatever fitness or sporting goal they set out to achieve.
Gregan is respected throughout the Rugby Union world for his skill, tenacity, sportsmanship and leadership. He holds a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the sport. Gregan’s sporting resume is impressive, including the most caps of any Australian player (120) and winning five Bledisloe Cups. He is best known for leading the ACT Brumbies, Australian Wallabies and Suntory Sungoliath in Japan to great success throughout his career.
Testing and validating new products at a professional level
Gregan took learnings from his experience as an elite athlete to create a minimalistic suite of fitness products. In June 2008, while playing for the Suntory Sungoliaths in Japan, he tested the initial prototypes on the team, helping them to have a break-through year.
Gregan returned to Australia confident the products were effective as they had been rigorously tested as a total body solution at an elite level. In 2010 Gregan and co-founder and Managing Director, Matt Dickson, launched PTP Fitness. Matt is the co-founder of Fitness Systems United (FSU) which owns the brands PTP, BAHE and MEDIFIT.
PTP products are designed for use in prehab, rehab, strength, core strength, cardio, mobility through to recovery, flexibility and massage therapy. The equipment on offer includes resistance bands, fitballs, skipping ropes, rollers, weight plates and posture braces. Gregan said all products contribute to his goal to get people moving – regardless of their age or ability.
“Sports science data has informed the development of each of our products to ensure they optimise the training experience for every consumer. Our premium offering supports all forms of movement for people ranging from the elderly or people recovering from injury to those who represent their country in sport,” said Gregan.
Global ambassadorship to add winning mentality to the Australian Sports Technologies Network
In 2022, Gregan met James Demetriou, Founding Chair of Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. They discussed what they could do to enhance the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane and leverage the event to accelerate Australia’s innovative sportstech industry.
Along with Olympic aerial skier Lydia Lassila, Gregan recently became an inaugural global ambassador for the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN). In this role he is representing ASTN on an upcoming European trade mission, as well as sharing his wealth of entrepreneurial insights with ASTN’s member network. Gregan brings his winning mentality and elite fitness knowledge to the Network.
“Both Gregan and Lassila’s businesses are a true testament to ASTN’s ‘born global’ mentality, with both starting their sportstech journey in Australia and now residing overseas. As our two inaugural Global Ambassadors impart their incomparable firsthand knowledge with our member base and partners, we can’t wait to see the flow on effect and positive impact this has on the sector,” said James Demetriou, Founding Chair, ASTN.
Gregan also participated in the Europe 2023 trade mission in his role as global ambassador for ASTN as well as a delegate on behalf of PTP along with 14 other sports technology and innovation companies that visited Paris in France, Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland, Frankfurt in Germany as well as Ghent, Tubize and Antwerp in Belgium. “On the back of the ASTN Trade Mission to Europe, we have had some really positive and fruitful conversations with a number of groups including the participants we met from the delegation,” summarised Gregan his involvement in the ASTN program.
Entrenchment in professional clubs trickling down to grassroots levels
Peter Burge, Physical Performance Manager for the Richmond Football Club has utilised PTP products for over four years, and says PTP is the best in the market when it comes to supporting the strength and conditioning and recovery process.
“We use the full range of PTP Superbands for a whole range of dynamic speed and power exercises in the Richmond FC program. I have no hesitation in recommending PTP products,” said Burge.
PTP is focussed on supporting everyone to move smarter and perform better whether they are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or somebody just starting out. Gregan said the business is focused on both high performance and grassroots sports and believes the two work hand-in-hand.
“Having PTP embedded in an array of sports and teams that have had success like Richmond has a really positive impact as the equipment filters down to smaller and more junior clubs. We have built partnerships with the Australian Diamonds, Richmond Football Club and South Sydney Rabbitohs as well as many others and love to see the amazing flow on effect these partnerships create,” said Gregan.
PTP want to be recognised as a global leader in sports and fitness, which includes different forms of movement, not just for sport. Gregan is committed to doing everything he can to uplift the physical condition of people everywhere for a healthier tomorrow.
“As people age it’s important to keep moving. I want to play a part in everyone’s journey to be healthy and active through their entire life, including keeping active into old age. This is a goal I live and breathe. I am looking forward to making a broader impact in this space through my ambassadorship with ASTN, helping other budding businesses to do the same,” concluded Gregan.
“As people age it’s important to keep moving. We want to play a part in everyone’s journey to be healthy and active through their entire life, including keeping active into old age. This is a lifestyle I actively choose to follow. I am looking forward to making a broader impact in this space through my ambassadorship with ASTN, helping other budding businesses to do the same,” concluded Gregan.
For more information visit ptpfit.com.
Listen to George Gregan latest podcast interview on ‘Sports Cutting Edge’ here: Podcast #53: Move smarter, perform better: How Wallabies legend George Gregan is using sportstech (astn.com.au)
Read more about George Gregan’s Global Ambassador role with ASTN here: ASTN appoints two Aussie sporting greats to represent Australia’s billion-dollar sportstech industry