Sporting heroes meet in Leadership Series

05-Aug-2013 12:02 PM

Football legend Paul Roos will be interviewed by world champion yachtsman, businessman and philanthropist John Bertrand as part of Monash University’s inaugural John Bertrand Leadership Series.

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In the 30th anniversary year of the America's Cup win, John Bertrand is hosting a series of talks with some great Australians as part of the Leadership Series enabled through his role as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

Mr Roos will be the third of six high-profile guests this Tuesday 6 August at the Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne from 6-9 pm. 

“Leaders create a vision. They communicate that vision. They inspire. They do,” Mr Bertrand said.

“Tuesday night will be so much more than sport. It will be an honest open discussion with Paul on building high performance teams, leadership groups, key drivers, setting standards and outcomes, about life on the edge, lessons learned and more.”

The Leadership Series, run by Mr Bertrand, brings together six of Australia’s finest leaders from the worlds of politics, commerce, science, the military and sport with invited participants from the University’s student and alumni community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood - Australian of the Year in 2005 - are the upcoming guests in the series, which aims to empower, strengthen and inspire those attending.

Paul Roos is one of the Australian Football League’s superstars, winning acclaim both as a player and as a coach.

Mr Roos began his football career playing for Fitzroy (now the Brisbane Lions) in 1982, and moved to the Sydney Swans in 1994. In all, he played for 17 seasons, including six as captain. He was considered one of the finest footballers in Australia. Numerous accolades include selection for the All-Australian team seven times, twice as captain. In 1986, he was the runner-up for the Brownlow Medal, the AFL's highest individual player award, after finishing third the year before, and he twice won the E J Whitten Medal, awarded to the best Victorian player in State of Origin football.

After retiring as a Swans player in 1998, Mr Roos became the club’s assistant coach in 2002, and was appointed as coach for the 2003 season. One of his greatest moments came in 2005, when the Swans under his leadership won the premiership for the first time since 1933.

Mr Roos was named AFL Coach of the year in 2003, and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He is currently the head coach of the Sydney Swans Academy, and has maintained a profile with a number of football-related media roles.

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