Founder, Former Owner, SuperSprint Events
David Hansen founded and was Managing Director of SuperSprint Events, one of Australia’s leading event management companies, for 30 years and only in the last year sold the business and is starting an event consulting business.
During those 30 years at SuperSprint Events, he was Event Director for over 500 events including the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Triathlon, ITU Triathlon World Cups, UCI Women’s Road Cycling World Cup, Australian Triathlon Championships, mass participation fun runs and recreational bike rides, tower run ups, and in recent years the NEON Run. Unique events included the Diet Coke Mile in Sydney with 250,000 spectators and the Cadbury World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt.
Internationally, David had also had a hand in events in Fiji, Thailand and Singapore where he introduced changes that grew the Singapore Triathlon from its usual 300-400 competitors to 3,600 in 4 years, culminating with the Asian Triathlon Championships.
SuperSprint Events were recognised for providing the highest standard of event promotion, presentation and organisation as well as setting benchmark standards in event management. David was instrumental in locating venues, courses and establishing new events many of which have been running for over 20 years. He is also recognised for innovation especially the stand alone bike racks and transition system and the swim turn buoys for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Triathlon which are still used at Olympic Games and World Championships.
David started in the triathlon as a competitor in the early 1980s and went on to found Geelong Triathlon Club and Triathlon Victoria and first organised a triathlon in Geelong in 1983. He had a triathlon column in the local newspaper, was also editor for Triathlon Sports Magazine, one of the first athlete managers and event commentators. He formed SuperSprint Events in 1986 and was one of the pioneers in the Sport in Australia.
In the late 1990s, he was also Chairman of Triathlon Australia’s Race Directors Committee and part of the inaugural ITU Race Directors Committtee. In 2013, Triathlon Australia awarded him as the first Race Director (with fellow race director Garth Prowd) The Service to the Sport Award and in 2014 Triathlon Victoria awarded David and his Wife Penny with Legends of the Sport Awards.
David will be starting Hansen Event Consulting on 1 December 2016 to provide his expertise to Governments, Tourism Authorities, Event Organisers and sponsors internationally with a focus on Asia.