Sport Speakers

David Foster

Listen, laugh and be inspired by David Foster, "The big guy from Tasmania," who made good to become one of the greatest world champions in living memory. Experience and witness first hand the explosive and dynamic David Foster in action. You and your guests can be treated to a memorable demonstration of world class axemanship. ...

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David Williams

Many pundits bemoan that the modern game lacks characters. Take one look at cult hero David Williams and you will soon realise that's not the case. Nicknamed 'Wolfman' due to his shaggy hair and wild beard, Williams grew up in Sydney's north-west in a footy playing family (his brother John also has an NRL career). Rising through the ranks at the talent factory that is the Hills Bulls, Wolfie wa ...

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Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser was named Australian of the Year in 1964 and voted Australia's greatest female athlete in 1988. She was named Australian Female Athlete of the Century by the Sport Australian Hall of Fame as well as the World's Greatest Living Female Water Sports Champion by the International Olympic Committee in 1999. Also she is the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal on 14 July 2000 and The Ord ...

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Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes might just be the fittest man in the world", writes Men's Fitness. As an internationally recognized endurance athlete, Karnazes has done what few people thought humanly possible. He's run 350 continuous miles, straight through three nights without sleep. He's run across Death Valley in the middle of summer, where temperatures reached 128 degrees, and he's run a marathon to the South ...

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Debbie Watson

Debbie is a 2000 Olympic gold medallist when she was part of Australia's first women's waterpolo gold medal team. The 1986 World Champion and team captain for six years, Debbie is the winner of multiple gold medals, including World Cups and international tournaments and was voted the world's best player in 1993. Legend of the sport and renowned motivational speaker, sports commentator, Personal ...

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Dermott Brereton

After a memorable career with the Hawthorn Football Club, where he played in five premiership sides and represented his state on nine occasions, Dermott has forged a successful career as a television presenter, football commentator, newspaper columnist, and radio host. Dermott hosted and provided special comments for Channel Nine's Friday Night Football before Nine lost the AFL rights. Dermott jo ...

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Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson is Australia's most successful Touring Car driver of the past decade and he now is a national sports personality. The colourful Queenslander is today readily identified with Ford's proud blue-and-white oval badge, but Johnson actually started his long and successful career in the rival camp, Holden. As a car racer Dick understand better than anybody the importance of a great team and ...

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Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona is arguably the greatest footballer that has ever put on a pair of boots. ...

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Don Elgin

Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal. Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was not a barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age. Don went to the 1994 International Paralympic Committee World Athletic Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team. Following this event Don?s focus moved from the ...

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Don Talbot

Renowned internationally as the greatest swimming coach in the world, Don Talbot led Australian swimming to new heights. A compelling speaker, Don's philosophy of "doing the best you can, going to the bottom of the barrel and finding everything you've got" is the basis of his presentations. Tailored to client's needs, Don addresses specific issues and problems in order to help companies and ind ...

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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