Sport Speakers

Eric Rush

The name Eric Rush conjures images of an All Black and Rugby Sevens' specialist. But Eric Rush, former All-Black, current Rugby Sevens captain, barrister and businessman is also a very entertaining and motivational speaker in his own right. He talks about the parallels of coaching for excellence, in business and sport. ...

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley, MBE, AO is one of Australia's all time sporting greats. She has been Australian Sportsman of the Year and Australian of the Year. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Rhode Island and the following year, she was inducted into the Aboriginal Sporting Hall of Fame. ...

Fanie De Villiers

A popular player, Fanie de Villiers was known by the nickname Vinnige Fanie. In the Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg, De Villiers became the first ever South African to score a fifty and take ten wickets in the same Test, scoring 66 not out and taking 6/81 and 4/27. He was subsequently named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year, an award he had previously won. At the age o ...

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Francois Pienaar

Francois Pienaar, with twenty nine international caps to his name, reached the highest peak in rugby union: he captained his country South Africa, to World Cup victory on home turf and was presented the Webb Ellis Trophy by President Nelson Mandela. Alongside Francois' playing talents, his debt management skills, charisma and leadership abilities have enabled him to achieve God-like status in a ...

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Frank Farina

Frank Farina was coach of the the Socceroos for 6 years and one of Australia's greatest soccer players. With the Soccer World Cup fast approaching should your clients be tired of re-treading the same old sports personalities, why not consider the well spoken, confident, soccer expert. Frank Farina is an erudite, competent and entertaining public speaker who is able to hold an audience of 500 with ...

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Frano Botica

Frano Botica is a former Rugby Union and Rugby League player who represented his country at both sports and also played for Croatia in a rugby union world cup qualifying match. Frano's long sporting career and experience have given him great insight into international sport and business. As a former captain for North Harbour, he has well developed leadership skills. He has an understanding and eas ...

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Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse is one of the leading horse racing trainers in Australia and her biography is fascinating. Waterhouse horses have won the Melbourne Cup as well as the Victoria Derby amongst numerous Group 1 wins. Gai Waterhouse is a phenomenon and her achievements are a testimony to what vision, planning, hard work, energy and dedication can produce. Gai has been honoured with the Westpac Business ...

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Geoff Huegill

Geoff Huegill is one of the world's greatest Butterfly competitors and a tour de force for Australian swimming. His swimming achievements are impressive - he is a dual Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist, five times World Champion, eight time World Record holder, and seven times Commonwealth Gold Medallist, as well as having fourteen Australian National titles to his name. Geoff is considered one ...

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Geoff Lawson

Born in Wagga Wagga, rural NSW, Geoff "Henry" Lawson has had an outstanding career in Australian cricket both nationally and internationally. Having shown tremendous strength of mind and body over 15 years at the top, including a miraculous comeback from a crippling back injury, Geoff is more than qualified to comment on leadership, motivation and team work because he has "been there, done that ...

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George Gregan

Former Australian Rugby Union Captain. His rein as Australias half back, has earnt the title of the worlds best scrum-half and has made more appearances for his national team than any other player in the sport's history. He is respected throughout the rugby world for his tenacity, tactical skill, leadership ability, and sportsmanship. He is a confident and exciting speaker, and is very capable o ...

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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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