Dual Olympian and Commonwealth Gold Medallist Jane Flemming is one of Australia’s most loved sporting legends. Her victories include countless national titles and hundreds of records broken across her 15 year career as an elite athlete. Her commitments to media and commercial ventures marked the end of an illustrious athletics career and Jane retired in 1998 to work with Channels 7, 9 and 10 in a commentary role on Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship events.
Jane Flemming is one of Australia’s best known sporting personalities. During her sporting career, the dual Olympian won two Commonwealth Games Gold and two Silver medals, 13 national titles and broke literally hundreds of records over a period of 15 years in elite competition. Jane remains the Commonwealth Games Heptathlon record holder (set in 1990).
Jane retired from athletics in 1997 to concentrate on her media and commercial commitments. She has worked for Channels 7, 9, 10 and SBS and radio in Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship commentary roles as well as appearing on numerous programs as a host and special guest. Jane is also a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, and her business provides sponsorship and marketing expertise to a number of Australia’s most high profile publicly listed companies.
In 2007 Jane commentated for SBS at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka and has recently returned from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she commentated on her fourth Olympic Games as well as fulfilling television (Channel 9) and commercial commitments for BHB Billiton (as an Ambassor/Olympic Hero) and Australian Womens Weekly.
Jane’s athletic success is mirrored in her commercial life. She is the managing partner in a sponsorship and marketing company, Flemming Promotions having dealt with several large corporations both in Australia and the UK, including Cadbury’s, Coates Hire, Samsung and British Airways.
Flemming Promotions has successfully evaluated, negotiated and developed corporate sponsorship strategies and then implemented major multi – million dollar sponsorships on behalf of their clients, some of which are now held up as best practice examples.
Flemming Promotions also specialises in developing and implementing unique high end marketing strategies which influence key decision makers on behalf of its clients.
Amongst all these activities Jane also operated a successful “Australian Flag" based merchandising business, “Run Jane Run" for five years from 1996 through to 2001 and published a book, “Fast Track to Success" and the widely acclaimed ground breaking (and to some, controversial) “Golden Girls of Sport" calendars.
Jane devotes a significant amount of her time to charities and is on the board of the “Humpty Dumpty Foundation", an ambassador for “The National Breast Cancer Foundation", “Westmead Children’s Hospital" and “The Australian Childrens Music Foundation" and in 2007 walked the Kokoda Track raising funds for charity.
Jane is also regularly retained as a keynote, after dinner and conference speaker and MC and to add to her busy life she recently married Ian Purchas and gave birth to twin boys, James and Samuel, in May last year.
• Olympic speaker
“Everybody in a very diverse audience thought she was excellent."
Australian Defence Force Academy
“ She was fantastic!."