Ron Ziemiecki, Founder & Director, Aussie People
13th January 2004
was a player of many amateur sports throughout my
life, I actually tried just about everything and was
never exceptional at any of them, a good all rounder
in most sports.
are the highlights of your career?
have had many from an administrative point of view,
and they too are quite diverse. I was the Australian
National General Secretary of the IFBB for about 10
years, during that time I held a professional judges
license. I also spent some time as the ground announcer
at Leichhardt Oval for the Balmain Tigers. I am currently
a race judge at the Fairfield Trots, I was a past
Director of that Club. I have held a lot of other
positions here and there, been a trainer or coach
of a few different sports.
development, my thirst for knowledge and my aversion
to ever bogging down in a rut. I need to keep reinventing
myself to stay fresh and to live life to the full.
a hobby, and a way to give something back to the sports
that I derived so much from over the last four decades.
Its an outrageous attempt by an non-funded individual
to create a single place where all sports people can
be recognised at any level. Yes, I know its probably
impossible, that's why I keep pushing the envelope
do we need your service?
nothing like it exists anywhere else on Earth. There
is no place anywhere, that has my mindset or the culture
I am trying to develop. I place the rank beginner
right next to a current world champion and give them
both exactly the same significance and respect. To
me the sport is the great thing, not its participants.
When a single player gets greater that the sport itself,
then its time for him/her to move on.
do you ensure that Australian athletes comes first?
are specifically available only to Australian's and
part of the qualification is that they must reside
at least 6 months of every year in Australia. I am
not concerned with what is on their birth certificate,
but I do insist that they live in our beautiful country
and play sport.
do you do on a day to day basis?
next question! Okay, seriously, I answer about 300
e-mails a day, this covers many different aspects,
but many are from young hopefuls seeking sponsorship.
Usually I give them advice as I see it based on my
years in sports, but sometimes I even arrange a meeting
with friends I have in different sports and then its
up to the athlete to sell himself. The rest of the
time, I sift through news items and try my best to
highlight local news, that is not going to hit the
front pages of the main media. This gives the
average person a forum. I believe that I fill a void,
to a degree.
are some of your biggest challenges, and how do you
slow equipment is a burden, I usually write e-mails
at such a pace and do web page updates etc, faster
then my processor can keep up with. Being a sole operator
and relying only on the generosity of a few far sighted
corporate sponsors that advertise on our site, it
is a financial struggle to keep up with the latest
changes in technology.
promotional techniques do you use to the advantage
of your clients (without giving away too much to our
media savvy audience)?
leverage the greatest asset of all, I tap directly
into people. The people our site features, in turn
are proud to be on it and they will tell people about
the site. There is nothing amazing about my simple
strategy of empowering people and letting them shout
out about you, but its amazing how many of the larger
sporting entities have forgotten this basic tenant.
are your top 10 Australian sporting legends of all
time, and why?
is a fairly hard question for me, because I firstly
swore to be totally neutral in all sports, this was
and is vital to the concept of AussiePeople. I would
by far rather select the top 10 in the 113 different
generic sports we cover. However, that would probably
take me a year to research properly and I guess we
just don't have the time. So being squeezed to offer
some sort of answer, I will tell you this. When questions
like this come up, I question the logic of the answers.
is a tendency to remember sportspeople who were media
darlings, whether they were actually the best exponents
of their sport or not doesn't seem to matter in that
circumstance. Other factors of vital importance are
those of records, the record breakers must be recognised,
however many sports over lengthy time frames change
the very nature of their sports so the old records
cannot really be accurately measured against more
final point about selecting the best or top sports
person is the obvious, you can not realistically mix
sports, thus comparing a boxer with a swimmer is quite
absurd, notwithstanding the similarities that all
top athletes possess, that of determination, tenacity
and sheer skill.
I will have to decline to answer, except to add one
more final point. I believe that sport is a system
invented by humans to improve the quality of their
lives, and by my definition, a sports person that
demonstrates sportsmanship to younger, beginners,
is the true champion, he may be without record or
title, but he is still a champion.
favorite sports arena?
media attention have you garnered?
have generated media attention for other people that
is what I do best. I guess I have always been a promoter,
however I choose to do this for the love of the game
and not for money. I won a few awards last year but
am reluctant to promote that.
have been your biggest supporters?
have two giant supporters, who not only support me,
but who are doing amazing things for athletes in many
sports on a grand scale and they usually go about
it quietly. I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to
Greg Young the CEO of BodyScience Sports Supplements
and also to Tess Lazarus of Invigorate Management
Group (wife of Glenn Lazarus the great Rugby League
. There are many others, but these two people really
care about the sportspeople that I try to promote
get more than a fair hearing from these companies
who manufacture and supply sports nutrition and who
manage athletes to an elite level.
does the Internet help you?
am totally dependent on the Internet, my whole AussiePeople
business exists solely on the Net.
are your mentors?
that's a big question and seeing I am well past 50,
I would have normally answered that they are now all
dead. However, to respect your question, I really
only have one, who was an American, who did die many
years ago, he was a chap named Earl Nightingale, and
he produced a magnificent work called 'Lead The Field',
and the messages (12 in total) that come out of this
work, are the basis by what I try to live my life
can our readers do to assist you and your wonderful
register as an athlete in whatever sport they play,
regardless of what level they are at. Playing is what's
important in the real game and paralleling that in
our virtual world, registering is what's important
to me. I don't personally care if you have played
only one day, or if you are a six times world champion,
to me you are equal and fully welcome.
putting Australian athletes first.
do you do to relax?
note: No doubt about it, Ron knows his sports, people
and works incredibly hard for his team. Support this
fantastic initiative (and us).
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