There would be few, who do not know of Laurie Lawrence or his spirited personality, his sense of humour or his zest for life. For those who know him well there would be no disputing that his manner is direct, sincere and honest.
Whatever Laurie is involved in, he gives all of himself. He cares deeply about the people he influences and he refuses to rest until he has achieved his best.
Laurie has been claimed as one of Australia's favourite sons, who is admired by many Australians, from little children who attend his coaching clinics to international corporate leaders who look to him for inspiration and new ideas.
Swim coaching has played an important part in Laurie's life. He was able to balance his time around the pool with his studies, which resulted in Laurie achieving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Queensland's James Cook University, a Teaching Diploma in Physical Education from the University of Queensland, and a Teaching Diploma from Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education.
Laurie Lawrence has represented Australia in World Championships and Commonwealth and Olympic Games as a coach.
During his distinguished career, Laurie has been honoured with many awards. In 1988 he was voted All Sports National Coach of the Year in the Sports Australia Awards conducted by the prestigious Confederation of Australian Sports. Australia Day 1989 saw Laurie presented with an Australian Achievers Award to honour his selection by the National Australia Day Council as an Australian of the Year finalist.
The business world and the competitive sports arena make similar demands for high individual achievement, which explains why Laurie today is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Australia.
To many, Laurie Lawrence represents the beloved Aussie larrikin who loves an audience and a stage, but this is only a tiny glimpse of the man. He sets his goals and encourages those within his influence to work towards personal perfection. He is a true Australian in heart, mind and soul.
Laurie is a very passionate speaker and his presentation Winning Against All Odds was both motivational and entertaining. He lived up to all expectations and challenged the delegates to go b ... keep readingack to their business and work to become better at what they do. Hat Trick Events
Laurie was excellent, his energy and passion was transferred to the participants. The feedback sheets were overwhelming in their praise of Laurie's presentation and many participants cited it as their most valuable take away from the 2 days. Laurie made a significant contribution to the success of the program and we are very appreciative.
Laurie Lawrence was a fabulous speaker and everyone really enjoyed listening to him.
Outstanding Speech. 10/10
Laurie Lawrence is a fantastis speaker with a great passion for motivating people to achive their best. His enthusiasm was infectious and had our audience of 220 guests singing and dancing along with him! I would recommend Laurie to anyone who is looking for a motivational (and fun) speaker.
Laurie was great. Just what our inaugural conference needed.
In a league of his own. Laurie has the audience under his spell from go to whoa. Inspirational, passionate and suprisingly funny.
Laurie had everybody hanging on every word he said. He is a true profesisonal, a great team player, and a very down to earth likeable person.
Very well received by all delegates. Very inspirational. Some have said the best speaker they've ever heard.
Wonderful person, great speaker. Captured the audiences imagination.
Worked the Audience well and moved about them and had them particapating. Adjusted his style and approach to this during his presentation to ensure he retained audience engagement.
Laurie was very well received
It was great that Laurie related the presentation to the Lenard's business. This was very effective as the Franchisees referred back to this often over the weekend.
Laurie had energy, passion, humour and left everyone with something to take back and make their work environment a better and more enjoyable place to be. Laurie was the best speaker we have had at any conference by a long shot.
We loved Laurie and many said they could've listened to him for another hour!