Andrew Gaze AM
Andrew is regarded as Australia’s greatest ever basketballer. He has played in five Olympic Games and has scored the highest number of points in Olympic history. He was a flag bearer and team captain at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was awarded an AM in 2002 for his contribution to sport. He was inducted into the Federation of International Basketball Associations in 2013.
Wayne is the coach of the Newcastle Kings and former coach of the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos. He’s widely considered to be the greatest coach ever, with an innovative and influential style. He’s an expert on leadership and teamwork.
Nick Green OAM
Nick was a member of the famous “Oarsome Foursome” rowing team which won two Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996. He’s currently president of the Victorian Olympic Council and was Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2012 London Games. Nick is employed as Group Manager of Acquisition and Development at the Victorian Major Events Company.
Kevin has been involved in AFL football for over five decades. He played for 12 years at Richmond and was the coach of Essendon for an impressive 27 years. In total, he’s been involved in over 1000 games and eight premierships. He’s a four-time premiership coach and AFL Hall of Fame member, as well as being the author of seven books about football.
John Bertrand AM
John is famed for skippering Australia II to victory in the America’s Cup in 1983, breaking 132 years of American domination. Then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke called it “one of the greatest moments in Australian history” and in 1988, the Confederation of Australian Sport declared it “the greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport.”
Steve was the winner of the first Australian Winter Olympic gold medal. He was competing in the speed skating short track race when the four skaters ahead of him crashed, allowing him to cruise past to victory. He saw the win as being the reward for the 12 years of hard training he had put in. A true Aussie battler, Steve’s story is about overcoming adversity to achieve his ultimate goal. His book, The Last Man Standing, describes the race and its impact on his life.
Alisa Camplin OAM
Aerial skier Alisa Camplin became Australia’s first ever female Winter Olympic gold medallist when she landed a spectacular triple twisting double somersault at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. This was followed by a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. Both times, she overcame significant injuries to achieve her goal. She is also an established businesswoman who spent over 15 years with global giant IBM, leading $200m+ businesses in both Australia and the UK.
Leigh Matthews is an AFL legend. Widely regarded by many good judges as the greatest player to ever play the game, he has also coached four Premiership Teams – in total he has been involved in 8 premierships. A record very few have rivalled.
Peter played seven Tests with the Wallabies between 1989 and 1990, and has since developed an impressive career as a journalist, author and radio host. He’s been a sports columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald since 1987, a contributor to the Herald Sun and frequently appears on the Foxtel program, The Back Page. In addition to work on-air with 2UE, Peter has also written many books including histories Kokoda, Tobruk and Batavia, along with biographies of Kim Beazley, Nick Farr-Jones, John Eales, Nancy Wake, Steve Waugh and Les Darcy. He’s currently a guest reports on Seven’s Sunday Night.
Nick was the captain of the team which brought the Rugby Union World Cup to Australia in 1991, along with the Bledisloe Cup in 1992. He captained 36 successive Tests for Australia between 1988 and 1992, as well as captaining the World XV against New Zealand in 1992. A practicing lawyer, Nick is an expert on leadership, motivation and teamwork.
Laurie is known as the master motivator, always striving for excellence. A former Australian Rugby Union representative, Laurie became one of Australia’s most successful swimming coaches. He was one of the Australian Swimming Coaches at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane (1982), Edinburgh (1986) and Auckland (1990) Commonwealth Games, and the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992). He was also Team Motivator for the Australian Olympic Team at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
After a career in the AFL, Sam became a well-known media personality, famous for his rants on the ABC show, The Fat. He has also had on-air roles with radio stations 3AK, SEN, Triple M and ESPN. His spoken word album was nominated for best comedy album at the ARIAs in 2002. His “rants” have been used to promote a variety of products, most notably Australian lamb.