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#42: The data powering a fitter, healthier Australia, with ActiveXchange CEO James Ellender

Date: 7-Nov-2022
James Ellender has worked in health and fitness since he was a 15 year-old kid growing up in Sydney. From personal trainer, to group fitness instructor, then to sales, before becoming a gym manager, and then a state manager. James saw a problem, and is now finding the solution, as CEO of ActiveXchange. ActiveXchange uses tech and data to bridge the knowledge gap, and help all health and fitness stakeholders make informed, efficient decisions that benefit the individual, the community, and the bottom line!

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#41: From the Sharehouse to the Penthouse: How Aussie start-up VALD took on the world and won, with co-founder Sam James

Date: 31-Oct-2022
Sam James, co-founder Laurie Malone, and first employee Chris Rowe, were sitting around a Brisbane sharehouse one day in 2015, when the idea of VALD was born. Seven years later, VALD are world-leaders in musculoskeletal technology for performance and allied health. They work with 20 EPL clubs, 25 NBA teams, 27 NFL teams, and are now focused on democratising their cutting edge tech, to enable access across the community. This is their story.

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#40: Olympic-sized dreams and Olympic-sized determination: How Sarah Cook conquered two sports, represented her country on the greatest stage, and now works in the upper echelon of world sport

Date: 24-Oct-2022
Sarah Cook is a two-time Olympic rower for Australia, and a dual international athlete, having also sailed for her nation, and won an Aussie championship. Sarah is now Chief Operating Officer of Rowing Australia, represents Oceania on the World Rowing Council, is lead commentator for World Rowing, works on the Australian Government’s National Sports Tribunal, and champions the cause of women in sport. Sarah tells us what makes her tick, and gives an insight into the way sportstech can take rowing to a whole new audience.

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#39: Sportradar’s Cricket Tech Revolution, with Jarod Pickering

Date: 17-Oct-2022
Jarod Pickering became a software engineer at the turn of the millennium, and built his career as a leading figure in our nation’s digital footprint. The former Digital Product Owner at Medibank, and Digital Boss at Cricket Australia, is now Head of Cricket at global tech titan, Sportradar. Jarod and his Sportradar team are the official data provider for the International Cricket Council, and for the current T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Jarod tells us the cutting edge tech that’s taking cricket to a new generation of fans.

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#38: How a born and bred Queenslander became the go-to performance data guy for the US Military: Markus Deutsch from Fusion Sport.

Date: 10-Oct-2022
Markus Deutsch is a PHD in Exercise Physiology, and a pioneer in sport and health data science. He worked with New Zealand Rugby as a Sports Scientist at the turn of the Millennium, before becoming an internationally renowned University Professor. In 2003, he started Fusion Sport, which is now a global leader in human performance solutions, used by elite sports all over the world, and now the US Military. This is the story of Markus and his Fusion team!

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#37: How the Melbourne Renegades gave one lucky company a Shark Tank-style crack at the big time!

Date: 3-Oct-2022
Felicity George is the Melbourne Renegades Marketing & Brand Boss. Felicity is an elite operator, having worked at FIFA in Zurich, Arsenal Football Club, along with Tennis Australia, St. Kilda and the Western Bulldogs. Craig Hill, a co-founder of ASTN, is a key architect and engineer of Australia’s $3billion sportstech industry. Together, they ran a start-up pitch opportunity, with one successful company ultimately chosen to work with the Renegades. This is the inside story of how you win a pitch, and how you win a big client.

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#36: Show Me The Money! Key lessons to win crucial investment dollars, with a founder of Australia’s Venture Capital Industry, Bob Beaumont

Date: 26-Sep-2022
Credited by the Australian Financial Review as a “Visionary” behind the creation of Australia’s Venture Capital industry, Bob Beaumont has worked in finance for nearly half a century. Bob made his name in United States finance, and is the original ‘Business Angel’ in Australia. He works hand-in-hand with UC Berkeley & UCLA, helping to foster next-gen businesses. Bob helped to create ASTN, and gives us a master class in winning capital investment.

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#35: The Sportstech & Science Powering Australia’s Olympic Swimmers, with Jess Corones from Swimming Australia

Date: 19-Sep-2022
Jess Corones is Swimming Australia’s Sportstech Boss, and is Head of Sports Science for Australia’s Olympic Swim Program. Jess gives us an incredible behind-the-curtain look at the high performance that goes into the world’s best swimmers. We hear about the revolutionary Sparta 2 technology, which debuted at the Tokyo Olympics, and the machine learning helping our Aussies build to Paris 2024. And Jess talks about the human touch that’s required when applying sports data to maximise outcomes for the athletes.

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#34: The keys to start-up success, with newly elected ASTN Chairman Dr. Martin Schlegel

Date: 12-Sep-2022
While the coaches at the AIS train promising athletes, Dr. Martin Schlegel and his team train promising sportstech start-ups. Martin, a globally renowned Chemical Engineer, joined ASTN in 2016, and is Program Lead at the Australian Sports Innovation Centre of Excellence. Having just been handed the ASTN baton by founder, James Demetriou, Martin gives us the keys to business success, and some razor-sharp industry forecasting.

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#33: Karma Armani with the tech powering women’s sport!

Date: 5-Sep-2022
Karma Armani is the Sport’s Cutting Edge International Correspondent, and works in New York City with mega sports agency Sportfive. Karma gives us a deep insight in to the latest in women’s sport and sportstech, including a recent study showing that women’s sport could be a better bet than men’s sport, when it comes to economic decision-making. Karma also shares strategies for females facing cyber-bullying.

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#32: EUROPE SPORTSTECH SPECIAL, with LaSource’s Sam Westberg

Date: 29-Aug-2022
European sport is world-renowned for its prestige and tradition. European sportstech is “old school and cautious”, which is a positive, that helps refine and sharpen decision-making, according to Sam Westberg. Sam is CEO of LaSource- a B2B sportstech agency based in Paris, helping to shape the future of sport and entertainment. Sam is clever, modest and speaks his mind- giving us a great insight into the state of sportstech in Europe.

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#31: Australian Sports Innovation Week 2022, with Sports Tech World Series Co-Founder, Johann Odou

Date: 22-Aug-2022
The biggest week in Aussie sportstech kicks-off just days away in Olympic City, Brisbane on August 30. The Australian Sports Innovation Week includes a master class, start-up & investor day, field tours and partner workshops. The two headline acts are the Sports Tech World Series and the Australian New Zealand Sports Tech Awards. Johann Odou is co-founder of the Sports Tech World Series- the largest global sporstech conference series in the world. Johann joins us to preview the week, and reflect on his time in sportstech.

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#30: How to turn Aussie sports in to global brands- with former US Olympic Marketing Boss, and now Playbk Sports North America Chief, Rick Burton

Date: 16-Aug-2022
Rick Burton is the former marketing boss for the US Olympic Committee and Miller Lite, and has worked with the NHL, Nike, Visa and Fedex. He also ran Australia’s National Basketball League, and is a Professor at Syracuse University, in New York. Rick is now North America Chief for Playbk Sports- a company creating new digital information and engagement commodities for clubs and leagues. Rick gives us the game plan of how Australian sport can harness rapidly evolving technology to grow global brands.

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#29: ASTN 10-Year Anniversary Special, with founder James Demetriou

Date: 8-Aug-2022
James Demetriou is one of the great success stories of modern Australia. The first generation Aussie became the first person of Hellenic background to represent the Essendon Football Club in the VFL/AFL, in 1975. After footy, James carved out a grand career in law, commerce, sport, governance and innovation. In 2012, James founded the Australian Sport Technologies Network, as a mechanism to grow Aussie sportstech companies, and help propel them on to the world stage. In that time, James and ASTN have helped take a $250 million industry, and turn it in to a $3 billion phenom. This is the story of James Demetriou, and ASTN.

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#28: The art of sportstech decision-making, with Netball Victoria COO Steven Gatt

Date: 18-Jul-2022
Steven Gatt is Chief Operating Officer of Netball Victoria, co-founder of Sports Accounting Australia, and a Director of the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund. Steve takes us on Netball Victoria’s journey of big sportstech decision-making. He tells us how tech has the power to connect the vast netballing community. We also discuss how the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund is providing more equality of opportunity for Aussies to make their sporting dreams come true.

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#27: WHO DARES WINS! How Pete Hull used daring tech innovation to take FITSTOP from a Brisbane shed to now become an international fitness player!

Date: 11-Jul-2022
When Pete Hull’s international Motocross career was cut short by injury, he channelled his flair and energy in to building a functional fitness gym. He started in a “small tin shed” in Brisbane, and pre-covid had built a 22-strong gym franchise. When covid hit, Pete Hull seized the day with a rapid tech intervention that saw his business explode. Fitstop now have more than 80 gyms, and they’re sizing-up the Northern Hemisphere.

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#26: Sarah Wall and NETFIT Netball- Aussie sportstech powering a global community

Date: 4-Jul-2022
Sarah Wall is a three-times National Championship-winning Netballer. Sarah founded NETFIT Netball as a means to community-build, empower girls and women, and increase healthy living and netball participation. NETFIT powered through Covid with the aid of elite sportstech, and now caters to more than 100,000 people across more than 60 nations.

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#25: Inside Australian sport’s biggest Metaverse play: the QRL State of Origin NFT, with Playcasta

Date: 27-Jun-2022
Ken Lee and Daman Foy are co-founders of Playcasta, a company pioneering Metaverse technology in Australia. Playcasta are tech creators of the State of Origin Metaverse revolution, with Queensland Rugby League’s ‘Ultimate Queenslander NFT’. On the eve of the NFT’s first exclusive drop we talk to the people behind this cutting edge sportstech.

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#24: The tech solution to help save Australian sport from its umpire & referee crisis, with Refbook’s Jon Chapman

Date: 20-Jun-2022
From grassroots through to the elite level, there is a referee and umpire crisis in Australian sport. On the eve of this Aussie Rules season, there was a shortage of 6,000 local umpires across the country. Refbook has stepped-up at this dire time to provide cutting edge tech solutions. Joining us on the show is Australian and international basketball referee Jon Chapman, who co-founded Refbook, and helped create its referee and umpire management software. Jon also gives us a great insight in to the life of a sports official.

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#23: EXCLUSIVE: State of Origin Metaverse Revolution, with Ministry of Sport’s Ben Parsons

Date: 14-Jun-2022
In a Sport’s Cutting Edge exclusive, we can reveal Queensland Rugby League are pioneering the Australian metaverse, with ‘The Ultimate Queenslander NFT’ for State of Origin 2022. Wally Lewis, Karl Stefanovic, Johnathan Thurston and the Stafford Brothers have all signed-on, and will be available in NFT form as legendary Queenslanders. The QRL will drop ‘The Ultimate Queenslander NFT’ on Twitter and Discord, with 10,000 tokens available July 6, and a pre-sale of 1000 exclusive tokens June 29. Exclusive fan experiences will be available across the pre-sold tokens. Ministry of Sport founder Ben Parsons is driving this QRL NFT revolution and joins us on the show!

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