Sport Speakers

Professional MCs, cricketers, motor racing stars, swimming legends, triathletes, NAB Ambassadors, Olympic Game champions, NBL coaches, football stars and more. Ovations has harnessed a global talent pool that can teach teams, trainers and teachers alike some of the hard-learned secrets of successful athletes the world over. Play smarter, not just harder.

John Maclean

During fitness training near his hometown in June 1988, John Maclean was hit by an 8 tonne truck as he rode his bike. The impact resulted in John suffering multiple breaks to his pelvis and back, a fractured sternum, punctured lungs, a broken arm, and left John a paraplegic. It took astonishing courage and determination, but somehow this near-fatal accident was the making of him. Despite the grief of what he had lost, the excruciating physical pain and the challenges of daily life in a wheelchair, John decided he would become bigger and stronger than ever. He set about proving himself in the toughest sporting events the world had to offer.

John McEnroe

John McEnroe embodies the American spirit. His relentless pursuit of perfection, combined with a technical mastery honed through years of competition, has made him a popular champion and tennis legend.

He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 1979 when he captured the first of four U.S. Open Championships. In 1981, he took the first of his three Wimbledon singles titles, becoming the youngest #1 ranked male in the history of professional tennis. With seven grand slam singles championships and ten grand slam doubles championships, McEnroe is still considered one of the greatest players of the game.

John Mitchell

John Mitchell's rugby career is a mixture of outstanding achievements both as a player and coach. Most recently gaining the title of coach of the Perth Super 14 team. John is a fantastic keynote speaker on leadership and committment, discussing subjects such as 'The Power of the Jersey - be proud of who you are and what you represent" "Leadership and Strategic Planning" "Building a Culture" . ...

John O'Neill

Former CEO Australian Rugby Union, Former CEO Socceroos, State Bank of NSW. John O'Neill has created success running three major organisations in banking and in international sports where mass entertainment and broad community participation are essential features. He speaks with authority on the common elements exemplified in the experience across banking and sport - in doing so imparting imp ...

John Shackleton

John Shackleton is a top sports coach with a sports psychology background who shows international business audiences techniques to exercise the biggest muscle in the body - the brain. John Shackleton is passionate about peak performance and helping people achieve their sales potential. He is also passionate about raising peoples game through focusing on their own self-esteem... hugely important fo ...

John Steffensen

One of Australia's most talented track stars, John Steffensen represents an exciting new era in Australian athletics. Steffensen's gold medal winning run at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games unveiled him as Australia's new athletics hero. The effervescent sprinter cruised to victory in the Men's 400m and spearheaded the 4x400m team to finish the Commonwealth Games with two gold medals. A f ...

John Tapp

Known to many simply as ‘Tappy’, John Tapp will go down in the history books as one of Australia’s all-time greatest sports commentators. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1996, and in 2007 he was recognized as an Australia Post ‘Australian Legend’.

Justin Langer

Until the announcement of his retirement from test cricket in 2007 Justin was one of Australia's great top-order batsmen. Originally playing at number 3 he moved to opener in 2001 and played 105 test matches scoring 7,696 runs including 23 test centuries. Justin's success is the result of hard work and a strong determined will. His presentations includes a bridge between the business world and th ...

Kaarle McCulloch

Kaarle McCulloch teamed up with the legendary Anna Meares to grab Bronze in London. It took World Record performances to beat this tough Aussie duo, but in the end they did Australia proud with their effort, commitment and results. Kaarle is a Triple World Champion, Commonwealth Gold Medallist and now Olympic Medallist, at only 24 years of age these are astounding achievements in themselves. Wi ...

Karni Liddell

Karni Liddell has already established herself as one of Australia's most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers of our time. Karni's journey to success began a lot differently than the typical elite athlete. Karni was diagnosed at birth with a degenerative muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Many Doctors and specialists told her amazing parents that their first-born c ...

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