Podcast: Nikki Dryden on the 'Olympic Dream' deception and human rights in sport


Former Canadian olympic swimmer Nikki Dryden once believed in the Olympic dream, before her work as a journalist and then human rights lawyer revealed a murkier sporting world.

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PickStar again joined Mumbrella’s Sports Marketing Summit for another year, sharing our insights on stage while also picking up a number of podcast interviews and discussions with some of Australia’s most influential people in the business of sport.


Our first interview from the event is with Nikki Dryden, a former Olympian, journalist and now an immigration and human rights lawyer with PwC.

Dryden was born and raised in Canada and continued on to compete in the 1992 & 1996 Summer Olympics in swimming. Now she is a US immigration and human rights lawyer working in Australia.


As an athlete, Nikki bought into the story of the Olympic Dream. Now, she sees the Olympics and sport much differently. She doesn’t hold anything back in her criticisms of sporting bodies and brands who are implicated in corruption, bad governance and human rights issues.

We covered these topics, as well as many other complexities relating to trust in sport, from the perspectives of administrators, sponsors, elite athletes and fans.


(L - R: James Begley, AFLW player Georgie Parker, Nikki Dryden and Andrew Montesi)

Listen to the full interview and subscribe to Off-Field now on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Whooshkaa or Stitcher.

Other interviews from Mumbrella Sports Marketing Summit 2018:

- Trust in sport panel discussion with Skins chairman Jaimie Fuller, PickStar's Andrew Montesi and Virginia Hyland from Hyland Communications (live session). Listen now.

- Eileen Bell on overcoming stereotypes and cynics in eSports. Listen now.

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