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Podcast: Lighting up the world's most watched sporting moments


Off-Field is not just about sports stars. We’re also keen to find out about the interesting companies that play a pivotal role in the sports industry, and we’ve got a truly unique one for today’s episode.

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FCT Flames specialises in the design, manufacture and operation of spectacular flame effects for sporting and ceremonial events.


For the company’s CEO, David Retallack, it started with the Sydney Olympics - that iconic moment when Cathy Freeman lit the cauldron - and FCT has been responsible for the flames at every Olympics since, including tens of thousands of torches.

These are the most watched moments in history, with billions of viewers all over the world. It comes with a lot of pressure and no margin for error.

David and FCT’s GM of Business Development, Mark Ryan, talk about how they innovate and engineer the impossible. We also discuss the big business of flames and combustion, running a global, high tech company from Adelaide and much more.

Find out more about FCT Flames.

Off-Field is more than just a podcast. We host regular meet-up events and live interviews for people interested in the world of sport outside of the arena. Find out more.

Off-Field is hosted and produced by PickStar's Andrew Montesi and James Begley.

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