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Cambridge News: Working day

2014 EMBA participant, Tony Mullen, starts his day with a run along Australia’s Gold Coast, and finishes on a 24-hr flight to Cambridge…

Tony Mullen is chief operating officer of Events Management Queensland, which owns and operates mass-participation sporting events. It is based in Queensland, Australia. Over the past decade EMQ has experienced unprecedented growth, with its flagship event the Gold Coast Airport Marathon increasing from 11,063 participants in 2003 to an unprecedented 28,000 in 2014. The marathon has a volunteer workforce exceeding 1,200 in number along with hundreds of casual employees and event suppliers and partners. In 2014, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was awarded a prestigious IAAF Gold label, is a triple Queensland Tourism Award major event winner as well as a prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Famer. EMQ also operates the world’s largest biennial masters event, the Pan Pacific Masters Games. This multisport event attracts more than 12,000 athletes in 35 sports. These numbers surpass both the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games in terms of numbers of both participants and sports within the event.

Read the full Working Day column from Cambridge News