Many will know Leigh Matthews as a football commentator on television, radio and in print, he featured on Seven Melbourne’s Friday Night Football and is heard on the radio on 3AW’s Sports Today, previewing the weekend’s AFL matches throughout the season. With many awards to his name including the Australian Football Media Association’s award in 2010 for ‘Most OutstandingSpecial Commentator on Television’, there is no doubt about his ability to bring the game of AFL to all forms of media, but there is much more to this no-nonsense football guru, who began his career as a player for the Hawthorn FC.
Leigh Matthews is arguably one of the greatest ever players and coaches having played more than 300 games with Hawthorn FC, playing in four premierships, being awarded several Hawthorn Best & Fairest awards, and being their leading goalkicker six times. He has been inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame.
Leigh retired from playing in 1985 and went on to coach the Collingwood Magpies into five finals appearances. He coached the club to its first premiership since 1958, in 1990. Joining the Brisbane Lions FC, he achieved what only the very best in business has ever been able to achieve, three consecutive premierships in 2001, 2002, 2003.
It is often said that no one builds better teams than Leigh Matthews. With his ability to build winning cultures and get the best from players and staff alike, he is a leader in the world of sport which also transposes to his work within the corporate sector.
Whether a keynote speaker, a team-building presentation, a workshop aimed to unite your players or a wonderful host, Leigh certainly will bring a zing to every event he is involved with.