Sportsperson, facilitator, speaker and broadcaster Liz Ellis is one of Australia's most successful netballers of all time. Until her retirement at the end of 2007, she was captain of the Sydney TAB Swifts and the Australian Netball Team, surpassing the record for most test matches played for Australia.
Liz's career highlights include three World Championships, two Commonwealth Games Gold Medals and four National Premierships, as well as being named Australia's Most Valuable Netballer on four occasions.
In 2007 Liz led the Australian Netball team to victory in the World Championship final against New Zealand and was awarded Best Player for the game. Earlier in the year she led Sydney TAB Swifts to their fourth Commonwealth Bank Trophy title; in 2006 the Swifts enjoyed their third title on the back of an historic undefeated season and were awarded National Team of the Year along with West Coast Eagles of the AFL at that year's Australian Sport Awards.
Netball has become one of Australia's most played sports and Liz has helped increase the game's profile through her on-court talent and off-court drive and passion. In 1997, Liz initiated the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics, which coach more than 2000 young netballers every year. It is this enthusiasm for promoting netball that has made Liz a positive role model for young sportspeople; it's not surprising she was voted Favourite Female Sports Star for the 2006 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards!
As well as being one of the country's highest profile elite athletes, Liz Ellis is also a highly sought after speaker and broadcaster. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as a general sports commentator and presenter, including coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
She has appeared on various TV panel, quiz and chat shows including 20 to 1, David Tench Tonight, 60 Minutes, Sunrise, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook, 110% Tony Squires, and ABC TV's The Fat, The Glasshouse and The Einstein Factor. Liz has been heard regularly on Triple M's The Shebang, The Cage and Dead Set Legends, as well as on Radio National, 2UE and a weekly sports segment on Triple J for five years.
Liz has also contributed to The Australian and the Netballer Magazine and has written two netball related books: Playing the Game and Netball Heroes.
Liz Ellis holds an Arts/Law degree from Macquarie University and is on the board of various organisations including NSW Institute of Sport and Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. She put her legal career on hold to concentrate on netball, her business commitments and media projects.
Liz is in high demand as a motivating and entertaining guest speaker. Her achievements, strategies and philosophies on life are nothing short of inspiring.
"Excellent. Saxton went out their way to match my audience to a high quality speaker. Communication was frequent, professional and showed patience. A huge range of speakers and a willingness to negotiate realistically within a tight budget. It was a pleasure consulting with both Nancy Tombazos and Chantelle DeBattista. Thank you."
Manjimup Senior High School
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