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 Fitzgerald

As a player, John's greatest career highlights came during the 11 years he represented Australia in the Davis Cup. During this time he put his stamp on Australian tennis. He took the honours on a number of occasions and his career was filled with many fist pumping triumphs. He held the Number 1 ranking in Australia, represented his country in 2 Olympic Games (Seoul and Barcelona), won 6 ATP TOUR ...

John Gill

John Gill is the founder of his own martial arts motivational company, a totally unique executive development program which combines cutting edge research from the field of sport psychology and performance coaching with the ancient philosophies of martial arts masters. The program is presented by two of Australia's most highly respected motivational experts, John Gill (current and 8 times World Se ...

John Konrads

Swimming legend John Konrads astounded the sporting world when at the age of 15 he broke every freestyle World Record from 200m to 1500m. John represented Australia at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games, winning gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games and bringing home three gold medals from the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games. Having achieved sporting success early on, Jo ...

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’.

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