Glenn Bourke Interview - Pt1


3 time Laser World Champion, running the most successful Olympics ever, now illbruck, Glenn Bourke has done it all...
Glenn Bourke is shaping up to be one of the most sought after project managers in the sailing world. He is the power behind John Kostecki’s throne at the illbruck Challenge. While Kostecki the skipper has the luxury - if you can call it that - of being able to focus almost exclusively on winning the Volvo Ocean Race, Bourke the Chief Executive must juggle the demands of the Volvo with illbruck’s imminent assault on the 2003 America's Cup. The last few years have been a whirlwind ride for the tall, mild-mannered Australian, who has made a rapid transition from being one of the best one-design sailors in the world to one of the most adept administrators in professional sport. His big break came when he was offered the chance to oversee and manage the sailing competition for the Sydney Olympics. It was a risk handing the management of 1,200 employees and volunteers to someone with virtually no experience in sports management, and yet the last Games is widely regarded as one of the most successful ever, particularly from a sailing perspective. But if you take the view that a person who has been successful in one field of endeavour can be equally successful in another, then there should have been no doubting Bourke's ability to make it happen in Sydney. Bourke has been-there done-that in most areas of the sport. His introduction to top-level sailing came when aged just 19, when he was on the verge of representing Australia as crew in the FD class for the Moscow Olympics in 1980. But then the boycott came in, due to the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan. "I was pretty disappointed, they'd got me the suit and tie, and I was ready to go," says Bourke, who then took some time out cycle racing

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