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Bridgestone celebrates six months to Tokyo 2020 with surf school takeover

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Team Bridgestone Australia athlete Connor O'Leary encourages young surfers to chase their dream at Bridgestone funded surf school day

PERTH, Western Australia (28 January, 2020) – With six months until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Bridgestone has introduced a group of 40 aspiring students to one of the newest Olympic sports, surfing. Team Bridgestone Australia athlete, Connor O'Leary, spent last Friday at Trigg Beach in Perth inspiring and encouraging the group with the 'Chase Your Dream' message as they relished the opportunity to learn to surf from one of Australia's rising professional surfers.

Bridgestone, the world's largest tyre and rubber company, funded the surfing school for the day as an extension of its Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnership. It is the third major Olympic-themed activity conducted in Australia in the countdown to Tokyo 2020, Bridgestone Corporation's home city. Working with Team Bridgestone Australia athletes such as 2017 World Surf League Rookie of the Year, O'Leary, Bridgestone aims to transform, inspire and encourage the next generation through the series of community led activities.

"Not everyone gets the chance to just give surfing a go, so it's been great to be able to give these kids a chance to learn to surf with Bridgestone's support. I've loved being able to share my story with them, and hopefully inspiring them to chase their dreams," Connor O'Leary said.

As well as practical tutoring and sessions in the water, participants also learned about Connor O'Leary's journey from Sydney's southern beaches to taking on the world tour of surfing, and how he and other top athletes prepare for events like the Olympic Games.

"I wasn't that kid that was really talented from the outset, so I had to work on improving myself to get to where I am, so Bridgestone's 'Chase Your Dream' really resonates with me. I'm stoked to be able to give back because surfing is a great sport, and I would love for everyone to enjoy it as much as I do. Today has given me the chance to share my passion, and encourage others and I'm grateful that I could make a difference with Bridgestone."

Bridgestone Australia's Olympic-themed activity is underpinned by the company's global commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, known as 'Our Way to Serve'. 

Through the 'Our Way to Serve' initiative, Bridgestone aims to improve the way people move, live, work and play through its three priority areas: mobility, people and environment.

"Giving those who wouldn't usually have the opportunity to take part in a surfing school is a great way to give back to the community, while encouraging them to chase their dreams. We set out to take our Olympic and Paralympic partnerships beyond just branding and the facilitation of a surf school with Connor O'Leary is a perfect demonstration of Bridgestone being more than tyres," said Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche.

About Bridgestone's "Our Way to Serve" initiative:
"Our Way to Serve" aims to inspire Bridgestone teammates to continue doing great work, by continuing to do good for the world. "Our Way to Serve" organizes Bridgestone's CSR efforts under three Priority Areas: Mobility; People; and Environment. "Our Way to Serve" reflects the company's longstanding philosophy of "Serving Society with Superior Quality" and a recognition that the best companies not only perform for their stakeholders, but also contribute to a better world.
From our beginnings in the 1930s, our founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, believed that a business that contributes to society would do well by doing good. Today, this is more important than ever, with mounting social and environmental challenges threatening the planet and the quality of life of all people living on it. Now, as a global leader, the Bridgestone Group is committed to serving society by improving access to smart, safe transportation, building healthy, resilient communities, and minimizing our environmental impact. Looking forward, we remain committed to driving innovation around mobility, people, and the environment – so that we can continue to serve society with superior quality for generations to come.


About Bridgestone Australia Ltd.:
Bridgestone Australia is a major supplier to the Australasian automotive industry, providing an extensive range of quality tyres, carefully developed to suit local conditions. The company is supported by an employee network of more than 1,500 people across Australia and New Zealand. Bridgestone Australia also manufactures, wholesales and retails quality truck retread products through Bandag Pty Limited, the world's leading retread brand. Bandag products complement the Bridgestone tyre range and provide a reliable solution for truck fleet customers.
About Bridgestone Corporation's Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnerships:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tyre and rubber company and operates with a mission of "Serving Society with Superior Quality." Bridgestone proudly became a Worldwide Olympic Partner in 2014 and a Worldwide Paralympic Partner in 2018. The company has global rights to the Olympic Movement and Paralympic Movement through to 2024, a period that includes the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024. Bridgestone is dedicated to delivering products, services and solutions that improve the way people move, live, work and play, and its commitment to the Olympic Movement and Paralympic Movement continues a history of sport and innovation dating back more than 100 years. Bridgestone activities related to its Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnerships are guided by a global "Chase Your Dream" message, which intends to inspire people to overcome obstacles and persevere in pursuit of their goals. As a worldwide partner, Bridgestone has marketing rights that include its full range of tyres, tyre services and selected automotive vehicle services, self-propelled bicycles, seismic isolation bearings, and a variety of building and industrial products.
About Team Bridgestone and Team Bridgestone Australia:
Athletes are the driving force of the Olympic Games and represent the heart of the Olympic Movement. They are also Bridgestone customers who put in countless hours on the road, day in and day out, traveling to and from training and competition, no matter the distance or weather conditions. In the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Bridgestone is proudly supporting athletes who embody the company's "Chase Your Dream" message and will serve as the face of Bridgestone activities as Team Bridgestone.
Team Bridgestone Australia will represent Bridgestone through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) driven projects leading up to and during Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sydney 2000 Gold Medallist and Australian Olympic icon Cathy Freeman, NBA star and three-time Boomer representative Joe Ingles, rising star in the brand new Olympic sport of surfing, 2017 World Surfing League Rookie of the Year Connor O'Leary, defending wheelchair tennis Paralympic gold medallist, Heath Davidson, and rising swimming sensation, Ariarne Titmus, have been named members of Team Bridgestone Australia.