Stephen Hodge is the guest speaker at today’s Business, Politics and Sport (BPS2011) meeting at the University of Canberra.
I think we are in for a great session. I liked Jamie Jowett’s observation about Stephen:
the more I spoke with him, and the more I read up about him, I am sure his biggest strength lies between his ears. Both as a racing Pro and since retirement, his career seems to have been marked by smart decisions, no shirking of hard work, a lack of ego, and the ability to get his teams to achieve real success in Grand Tours.
Jamie’s article on Stephen notes that he has been on the Board of Cycling Australia since 1999 and is a Vice President of that organisation.
He sits on the High Performance Management Committee of CA/Australian Sports Commission, and is the Government Relations Manager for the bicycling industry’s Cycling Promotion Fund. In 2010, he was on the organising committee of the 2010 UCI World Road Cycling Championships. He sits on the board of the Amy Gillett Foundation and patron of charitable causes like Ride to Cure and Men’s Link, as well as a member of the ACT Minister’s Sport & Recreation Advisory Council. Elsewhere, he runs a PR and Communications company Day & Hodge Associates, and works in event planning, management, marketing, sports administration and education.
Somehow he also found the time with some mates to establish www.cyclinghistory.com.au, a group intent on preserving and sharing historic collections from the early years of the Tour de France. Securing rare photographic works owned by Sir Hubert Opperman, this is an amazing collection they have now made available to all cycling fans.
The BPS2011 unit at the University of Canberra explores the articulation of business, politics and sport in general and in specific contexts. Today Stephen is going to explore the productivity dividends from cycling as a way of exploring the articulation central to our study. In particular Stephen will look at cycling as a deliverer of population level physical activity, a transport mode and potential congestion reliever.