Sport Speakers

Doug Walters

Doug Walters' popularity as one of Australia's cricketing legends has continued long after his retirement from his first-class cricket career. Today Doug is still very much involved in cricket. He participates in many social and charity matches and conducts coaching clinics for youngsters. He writes media articles and does some match commentary. Off field Doug was renowned for his humour and love ...

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Drew Ginn

Drew Ginn is an Olympic Rower with three gold medals behind him despite suffering intense back problems that at one stage forced him to step back from training and competition for two years. Through incredible determination, Drew underwent an intense program of rehabilitation to return to - and succeed in - the sport he is most passionate about. Furthermore, during his period of recovery, he took ...

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Duncan Armstrong

Duncan Armstrong became a household name in Australia when he claimed one of only 3 Olympic Gold medals Australia won at the Seoul Games in 1988. Duncan broke the 200 freestyle world record to claim Australia's 100th medal on Olympic competition. Coached by the unstoppable Laurie Lawrence, Duncan's swimming career spanned 10 years in the green and gold. Duncan received a host of honours out of the ...

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Eddie Jones

Jones began his rugby career at Matraville High School playing alongside future greats David Knox and the Ella brothers. A small and mobile hooker Jones represented Randwick, New South Wales, and the Australian Barbarians before hanging up his boots and concentrating on his career as a teacher and school Principal. Jones began his coaching career at his much loved Randwick Rugby Club in Sydney bef ...

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Elka Whalan

"3% of a nation ever make a national team and 0.8% ever get to stand on the dais. Those stats were a major confirmation for me knowing the Olympics was what I wanted in 2000, regardless of missing out on school formals, not staying out too late or forgetting about indulging in the normal experiments of drinking and boys, whilst others took the path often chosen, I chose the harder route, and what ...

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Elli Overton

While she's never won an Olympic medal, Overton has proved herself to be among the top half-dozen 200 metres individual medley swimmers in the world, finishing fifth in both Barcelona and Atlanta. In between times she enjoyed a fantastic meet at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994. She won the 200m-400m individual medley double, along with two silver and two bronze medals in her other event ...

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Elton Flatley

In terms of pressure kicks, they don't come much tougher: penalties a minute before the end of normal time and two minutes before the end of extra time to keep Australia alive in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final against England. As the shining star of the Wallabies World Cup campaign Elton stepped up to both . . . and threaded them when all seemed doomed. Elton's extraordinary RWC performance came a ...

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Emma Freedman

Emma Freedman is widely regarded as one of Australia's brightest emerging talents. From early beginnings in the sport of horse racing, she has quickly expanded her involvement in media, fashion, sport and entertainment, capturing the attention of industry leaders and consumers alike. Recently, Emma's professional career have been a whirlwind of events, media and endorsement roles with an increasi ...

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Emma George

As a youngster Emma George spent four years performing as an acrobat with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Aged 12, Emma left the circus to pursue her love of track and field. Seven years later, Emma spotted a notice at her local athletics club seeking women who were interested in trying their hand at pole vaulting. With a little ambition and a mountain of talent - the rest, as they say, is history. ...

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Eric Bailey

Renowned speaker, educator, author, coach, and activist Eric Bailey has risen into international prominence by delivering high-energy, motivating, inspiring, and thought-provoking presentations that lead to result-producing actions and accountability. Eric's firsthand experience on living up to one's full potential and activating inner passion, drive, and awesomeness is his trademark. Known fo ...

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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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