Sport Speakers

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 ...

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Damien Fleming

Damien is an ex Aussie Test Cricket player who played in the 1999 World Cup Victory Match. He's an inspirational, motivating and entertaining speaker who addresses issues such as leadership, team work, mentoring & communication. ...

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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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Dan Crowley

Former undercover Cop and Detective Dan Crowley was working undercover in the drug squad while playing with the Wallabies. Dan is an Author, Rugby commentator and host for the Seven Network, a Key note speaker, MC, Radio presenter and host. ...

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Daniel Kowalski

A seasoned public speaker Daniel Kowalski talks about the pressures and adversity he dealt with while pursuing his childhood dream as well as the importance of team and the valuable skills he learnt along the way. During his career Kowalski addressed the UN General Assembly in New York delivering a resolution on behalf of the athletes of the world. ...

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Danny Green

Danny 'The Green Machine' Green is an Australian professional boxer and a three-time world boxing champion. Danny developed a reputation as a knockout puncher during his very first amateur fight when he KO'd a more experienced opponent in the West Australian amateurs. Displaying a frightening ferocity and explosiveness in the ring, Danny achieved his goals as an amateur by winning various state, ...

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Darrell Hair

Former International Cricket Council Elite Cricket Umpire Darrell Hair is an Australian icon known for his ethics and upholding the spirit of the game. Darrell umpired 78 Test matches, 139 One Day Internationals, and was a full time umpire for ten years. Darrell specialises in leadership and people development, motivational events, and coaching people to achieve their potential. He is also an acc ...

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Darren Lockyer

Darren Lockyer was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and is an Australian professional rugby league player and current captain of the Brisbane Broncos, Australian Kangaroos sides and the Queensland Maroons. Widely considered one of the finest players in the modern game. ...

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Daryl Halligan

Since his retirement as a Canterbury Bulldog in 2000, goal-kicking ace Daryl Halligan has been helping other kickers lift their performances. In his 230 games with the Bears and the Bulldogs, Halligan kicked 855 goals, four field goals and 80 tries. His success rate was a staggering 80 per cent. In all senior matches, including 29 appearances for the New Zealand Kiwis, former Kiwi international ...

David Boon

One of Australias greatest international and domestic cricketers - David is now retired. He is a right-handed batsman and, occasionally, a right arm off-spin bowler. Throughout his career, he has been known to his opponents as a dangerous and prolific run maker, whether opening or at number 3. At the beginning of the 1995-96 season, he had amassed 5665 runs for Tasmania, at 41.96, and a total of ...

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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