Motivation/Inspiration Speakers

Ovations’ Motivational and Inspirational Speakers help teams light internal fires. Whether the topic is about mastering adversity or achieving mission success, our motivation experts allow audiences and institutions alike to move mountains. Hear from Olympic Gold Medal winners, peak performance experts, professional football players and explorers, to name a few. Stay inspired.

Commando Steve Willis

Commando Steve is a highly qualified and inspirational fitness coach and athlete, who served within the Australian Special Forces, where he was a counter-terrorism team commander. He has been one of the elite team of trainers on The Biggest Loser since series two. When he is not filming he is coaching CrossFit, a training system in which he specialises. Steve trains and lives in Kogarah with his w ...

Corporal Mark Donaldson

Corporal Donaldson enlisted into the Australian Army and entered recruit training at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, NSW. He demonstrated an early aptitude for soldiering and was awarded the prizes for best shot and best at physical training in his platoon. Subsequently he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the school of infantry at Singleton, NSW, where ...

Craig Foster

Craig Foster is one of Australia's most well known and well respected footballing identities. He achieved on-field success in both England and Australia before moving into the media as an expert commentator and analyst. Today, he remains a valuable member of SBS' weekly football forum The World Game and is a regular commentator for the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup Final matches. He also formed ...

Craig Hamilton

Instead of covering the Sydney Olympics Craig was confined to a padded cell in a mental institution and later diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder. This catastrophe not only denied Craig his place at the Games, it almost ruined his career and turned his role as devoted husband and father into a living hell. From his initial shocking breakdown to his gradual and eventual recovery, Craig sifts ...

Craig Harper

Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators in the areas of health, high-performance and personal transformation. Craig has been an integral part of the Australian fitness industry since 1982 and in that time has worked as an exercise scientist, corporate speaker, consultant, University lecturer, AFL conditioning coach, radio host, TV presenter, writer and successful business owner. In 1990 Craig established Harper’s Personal Training, which evolved into one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the world and inhabited the Australian fitness landscape for almost a quarter of a century.

Craig Kimberley

Just Jeans was born in 1970. It was a time of transition, a time of restlessness, a time of rebellion. The original Just Jeans store opened in Chapel Street, Prahran in December of 1970 with the first day of trading bringing in an uninspiring cash total of $37. In 2001, Private equity group Catalyst paid Craig Kimberley $64 million for the 30 years' work it took him to build the denim and clothi ...

Cyriel Kortleven

Over the years he has become a master at creating an open and informal atmosphere, ideal for bigger events and conferences. In a very practical and simple way, he enables the participants to experience the power of creative thinking and doing. His presentations are highly interactive (even when working with big groups) and are always tailored to his audience by using innovative examples from thei ...

Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson was the world's greatest decathlete, so often displaying unparalleled competitive ability.

He was unbeaten at the decathlon for ten years, and won gold medals at Commonwealth, European and World Championships, set a decathlon World Record and won Olympic Gold twice (1980 & 1984).

On retiring from his athletics career Daley played professional football for Mansfie ...

Damien Thomlinson

Ex-Commando, Aspiring Paralympian, Motivational Speaker, Brand Ambassador. Damien Thomlinson became an elite commando at just 24. While serving in Afghanistan, his unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries, and this resulted in both legs being amputated. Damien threw himself into rehabilitation. He taught himself to walk again with prosthetic legs, has parti ...

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