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AFL footballer, sports agent, and TV presenter.


A gifted AFL footballer, successful businessman and TV presenter, Rick Olarenshaw is one of the most recognisable faces in Australian sport.

Rick is an engaging, well informed and down to earth speaker who is well versed on all of sports big issues. With his unique mix of sporting, business and television success, Rick offers an insight into all facets of these three intriguing industries through his approachable, humorous and anecdotal delivery style.

Current work

He is part of the Channel 7 AFL commentary team, and features as a presenter on a number of Channel 7’s programs. His work also extends to radio, with guest appearances on Gold FM’s ‘The Grubby & Dee Dee Brekky Show’.

Previous experience

AFL: An integral part of Essendon’s 1993 Premiership team, and the recipient of the ‘Rising Star’ award in the same year, injuries cut short Rick’s AFL career. On the announcement of his retirement in 2001, his coach Kevin Sheedy paid tribute to him: “Rick played one of the best first-quarters of a grand final that I've ever seen. He was definitely a very talented player, whose body wouldn't let him play in the end."

Sports Management: On retirement from AFL, Rick decided to leave the medical profession, where he was a qualified physiotherapist, and move into sports management. After successfully creating and helping to build Athletes1 an opportunity arose for Athletes1 to become part of the global company Essentially.

Media: This latest step has allowed Rick to focus more on his media career whilst still having an active interest in sports management.

Speaker: Rick has extensive experience in professional speaking and as a Master of Ceremonies. He has hosted numerous high-profile engagements including the Brownlow Medal Red Carpet Special alongside Sonia Kruger.

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