Proud Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner
We are proud to be an official Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner. As part of this partnership we empower and assist current and aspiring athletes around the world to chase their dreams. In Australia, we aim to transform, ignite and inspire the dreams of future athletes with the “Chase Your Dream” message through a number of community driven activities across a number of sports, in line with our corporate social responsibility initiative, Our Way to Serve. Our Olympic and Paralympic partnership will extend until 2024, and is just one of the ways we’re furthering our commitment to community service, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
Team Bridgestone Australia
As part of our Olympic and Paralympic Partnership, we have worked with former, current, and future Olympians and Paralympians to encourage and inspire Australians to chase their dreams, under the name ‘Team Bridgestone Australia’.
Team Bridgestone athletes include:
- Ariarne Titmus – Swimming, rising star
- Connor O’Leary - Surfing, 2017 World Surfing League Rookie of the Year
- Joe Ingles - Basketball, three-time Boomer team member
- Heath Davidson – Wheelchair Tennis, Rio 2016 gold medallist
- Cathy Freeman - Athletics, Sydney 2000 gold medallist
In November 2019, we hosted ‘a conversation with Heath Davidson’ in Melbourne, where he spoke to a group of junior wheelchair tennis players and their families about what it takes to chase your dream before spending time on court with the players to give them pointers and tips.
In January 2020, we funded a WA surf school for a day to introduce 40 aspiring students to one of the newest Olympics sports, surfing. Team Bridgestone athlete Connor O’Leary spoke to the group and gave them a hand mastering their techniques in the water.
In March 2020, we arranged for Tokyo 2020 hopeful Ariarne Titmus to spend time with a Brisbane high school swimming team ahead of a major competition, to give them some useful tips about preparation and inspire them to continue to chase their dreams.
In May 2021, a group of rising athletics stars had the rare opportunity to train under the guidance of Australian Olympic legend, Cathy Freeman at the recently opened Bridgestone Athletics Centre in Adelaide.
The Olympic Channel
As part of our Olympic and Paralympic partnership, we are also a founding partner of the Olympic Channel, a ground-breaking global digital platform where fans can enjoy inspiring Olympic content all year round. We are working closely with the Olympic Channel team to help fans access the channel’s content anytime, anywhere, and on any device. We feature as presenting partner of the channel’s series Against All Odds, an eight episode documentary following eight Olympians. The series follows athletes who have overcome obstacles and adversity to finally achieve their Olympic dream.
2018 Olympic Winter Games
In 2018, Bridgestone Australia teamed up with Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff to share the story of her journey to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and her return from injury. In the video, Belle shares her perspective on what it means to chase the Olympic dream.