Commonwealth Games gymnastics gold medallist Brennon Dowrick showed his audience the intricacies of the pommel horse.
Commonwealth Games gymnastics gold medallist Brennon Dowrick showed his audience the intricacies of the pommel horse. Allen Winter

Solid foundation important

A GOOD business is built on a solid foundation.

That's the message Olympic gymnast Brennon Dowrick had for business people on Friday night, when they gathered to celebrate the annual Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards.

Mr Dowrick told of his life experience in gymnastics, joining the Australian Institute of Sport at the age of 10 and learning what it takes to become a world-class athlete.

"I thought I was pretty good when I first arrived at the AIS," he told the audience.

"It wasn't until I got there and was told that I wasn't that great."

And from day one he was subjected to years and years of training and improvement until he achieved Commonwealth Games' gold in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1999.

To get there was a long, hard slog, three and a half hours every morning and four hours every afternoon for six days a week, with the greater part of his time spent perfecting the most difficult of gymnastic apparatus, the pommel horse.

To graphically illustrate his journey, Mr Dowrick had a pommel horse at the awards ceremony, and the whole emphasis of his speech was about the foundation that he had to put down before he was able to produce that gold medal-winning performance.

"That foundation is what holds a business in good stead. Without it the business will most likely fail," he said. 



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