An outstanding career in rugby league, Wayne Pearce is a passionate and inspirational speaker who drives key messages in areas of leadership, change, business and motivation. Wayne’s reputation as a professional rugby league player and coach precedes him. His rise from humble beginnings growing up in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain to become an International rugby league player is one of those great inspirational stories that never fails to stir the Australian spirit.
Wayne’s many rugby league accomplishments include being voted ‘Players player of the tour’ for the undefeated 1982 ‘Invincibles’ Kangaroo Tour, winning the Harry Sunderland medal as Australia’s best player in the 1984 test series against Great Britain, and captaining the New South Wales Origin team to the first ever clean sweep in 1986. Wayne later coached the Blues in 2000, when he became the only person to both captain and coach a series clean-sweep in the history of State of Origin. Wayne’s contribution to rugby league and the community was sighted when he was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988. And these days his undying passion for the game of rugby league is still fuelled in his role as an inaugural member of the Australian Rugby League Commission.
Wayne’s strength of character and commitment to optimal performance is also now fervently focused on the corporate world where his company, Wayne Pearce Advantage, transforms companies from a place where people simply turn up and do their job to a place where they are accountable, want to do their very best as individuals and as a team.