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Craig Hamilton

Australia - NSW

Craig started his career as a broadcaster with ABC Radio.  Since then he has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and cricket at international level as a commentator.

Craig is probably best known as a member of the "Grandstand" Rugby League commentary and has worked on the past 17 Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.

Craig was born and raised in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton and spent 16 years working as an underground coalminer in the Newcastle area before embarking on a radio career

Craig represented the Newcastle and NSW Country cricket teams, and played against the touring Sri Lankan team.

On the eve of the Sydney Olympic Games where he had been assigned to work as a broadcaster, Craig experienced a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

He spent 12 days in hospital and, since his recovery, has become one of Australia's most high profile speakers on Mental Health and Lifestyle.

Craig has written two books, including his highly acclaimed memoir "Broken Open" which gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder and his new release "A Better Life"

Craig is now a much sought after motivational speaker around Australia who tells what it's like to battle a serious illness.  In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.


I thought Craig was a brilliant speaker - just to hear his story told in such an honest way really hits home doesn't it.
- Executive Officer, Maritime Super

We were delighted with Craig's keynote at the Industry Fund's Financial Planners Conference in Melbourne.. His story is inspiring.
- CEO SuperFriend, Industry Funds Forum Mental Health Foundation

Craig was a real gift to us yesterday. What a great and powerful speaker. He was wonderful, fantastic, educative, funny, I can't say enough. I have had a huge response from people, lots of emails expressing their gratitude at hearing his story. He spoke from his heart and the audience was riveted.
- St Vincents Hospital, NSW

When Craig starts telling his story, you don't want him to stop. He speaks with great passion and conviction. Craig spoke to a room full of journalism and public relation academics, media and staff working in mental health. Our guests from all over Australia were talking about his presentation long after that evening and reflecting on both their personal and professional roles. It was a great reminder about how powerful the personal story can be in motivating people.
- Program Manager, sMindframe National Media Initiative Hunter Institute of Mental Health Newcastle NSW

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