Bridgestone’s ‘Chase Your Dream’ Olympics activity saw the Olympian inspire her former school cohort

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Australian Swimmer Ariarne Titmus is interviewed during the Bridgestone “Chase Your Dream” event at St Patricks College on September 15, 2021 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images for TLA)

Dual Olympic Gold Medallist Ariarne Titmus made a surprise visit to her former school to encourage and inspire students as part of Bridgestone’s ‘Chase Your Dream’ Olympics activity recently.
Ariarne, who is a Team Bridgestone Australia ambassador for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, was keen to return to Launceston, where her Olympic dreams were formed, and share her story at an assembly for St Patrick’s College Year 7-10 students, before spending time with the school’s swimming team.
“Giving back to the community is something I am so passionate about, and being able to return to St Patrick’s and celebrate my Olympic Games success with them is important to help others realise that dreams are possible,” Ariarne said.
“I wouldn’t be an Olympic Gold medallist without the inspiration from some of my heroes and the motivation of those around me, and I’m proud to be able to help inspire the next generation through activities like this.”
This is the second community focussed activity that Ariarne has carried out in collaboration with Bridgestone, in line with the ethos of its ‘Chase Your Dream’ campaign.
Prior to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Ariarne conducted a motivational session with her other former school, St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, to inspire the rising swimming stars ahead of local competitions and conduct a workshop with two students – both of whom went on to win their events. 
“It’s incredibly rewarding and humbling knowing that sharing my own story can make such a difference to others, and shape how they approach going about fulfilling their dreams in the same way I did. That’s why I enjoy being part of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream initiative,” Ariarne added.
“It’s great to have the support from and be able to collaborate with a company like Bridgestone that shares my passion for giving something back and wants to encourage others to chase their dreams.”
Throughout Bridgestone Australia’s Tokyo 2020 activity, the tyre company has shown its commitment to making contributions to society though a number of activities, including the refurbishment of a basketball court in Sydney’s west with Tokyo 2020 Medallist Joe Ingles and introducing a group of children in Perth to surfing through a surfing school with professional surfer Connor O’Leary.
It has also contributed to a state-of-the-art Athletics facility in Adelaide and hosted an intimate training session with Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Cathy Freeman, conducted a wheelchair tennis workshop in Melbourne with Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medallist Heath Davidson, and conducted the two inspirational school appearances with Ariarne.

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