FROM BEING A 2008 PARTICIPANT AT AISTS TO BECOMING AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Won Jae shares his amazing academic journey into the world of sport education. He is a true academic and believes sports education is key to positive societal change.
Won Jae’s resume spans across various areas within the sporting ecosystem, from working for the Korea Handball Federation and the Korea Anti-doping Agency, to holding senior roles with the World Taekwondo Federation as Director, Sport & Event Management and previously managing the marketing and International relations at the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee.
Won Jae’s sporting journey began whilst in the Korean navy when he was dispatched to the athletes village of the 2002 Asian Games in Busan Korea, where he leads a platoon of interpreters.
“ I recall being so fascinated at every single job carried out during the games even though sleep was extremely limited. The experience was totally worth it and inspired me to work for international sport events. The Asian Games was certainly my decisive moment and 18 years later I still enjoy working in sport and will keep going as long as I possibly can.”
In Won Jae’s current role as an Associate Professor, he focuses on sport research mandates and teaches sport management at the Kookmin University in Seoul Korea.
During our interview with Won Jae, we jolted his memory to his AISTS days, asking him what was the one thing that comes to mind when he recalls his time at AISTS?
“Every single class and every person I met I cherished. However, the beautiful memory of walking by the lake still calms me every time I am in a difficult situation. I should have walked by the lake allot more.”
It is clear that Won Jae’s diverse experience into the world of sport both on and off the field, together with his drive to move sport forward in his country, allows him a wealth of knowledge to manage and oversee such high level mandates from the Korean government and NOC.
AISTS wishes him all the best for his upcoming mandates and appreciates his continued support as an Alumni.