Sport Speakers

Chris Handy

The affable Chris Handy belies the reputation that he developed on the rugby field. As a barrel-chested prop forward 'Buddha' Handy created mayhem on the rugby fields around the world with his uncompromising and rugged play. A former Gregory Terrace student in Brisbane, Handy graduated through the Queensland Rugby Union when the now famous maroon jersey was beginning to earn respect. He played so ...

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Christian Sprenger

Olympic Silver Medalist Christian Sprenger's swimming career began at the Australian Swimming Championships where he qualified in the 100 m and the 200 m breaststroke, placing second in both events to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing. He failed to make the finals in either event but picked up a silver after swimming in the heats of the medley relay. Later on in the year he won nine individual ...

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Clark Perry

Dr Clark Perry is a world leader in elite performance, leadership and team development. Clark Perry earned his international reputation following enormous success working closely with a wide array of elite athletes, coaches and business leaders, such as the Australian Swimming Team, Australian Cycling, the ARU Wallabies as well as the National Australia Bank, MLC, Toyota and Pfizer. In his role a ...

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Clint Robinson

Australia's greatest ever kayaker. With 48 National titles in kayaking and surf lifesaving, Clint wrote his name in the record books in 1999 by passing ironman legend Trevor Hendy for the most number of gold medals in Surf Lifesaving Australian Championships with 23 golds. Clint won gold in the K1 1000m at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Clint is one of Australia's most admired sports people. ...

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Clinton Hill

Clinton was a member of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games winning silver as part of Australia's historic 4x400m relay team. Clinton ended a 48 year drought when he anchored Australia home in the 4x400m relay to win silver in Athens and is a three time National 400m Champion. He finished 8th at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the 400m and competed at the 2003 World Championships in semi-finals for the 4 ...

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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 ...

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Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy is widely hailed as rugby league’s super coach.

He’s the master strategist at the command of the panel of controls that have made the Melbourne Storm the most envied and successful club in the National Rugby League.

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 ...

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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 ...

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Craig Hutchison

In eight years covering sport, Craig has developed his own unique style to sports reporting and is a popular and recognisable figure amongst the Australian public. Craig's speciality is football, however during his tenure with Channel 7 and formerly Channel 10 Craig has become accustomed to reporting on numerous sporting events. He has a good sense of humour and can either be the Master of Ceremon ...

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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