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Inspirational leadership in sport and society.


Steve Waugh AO, former Australian cricket captain is one of cricket’s most legendary players.

Today, Steve Waugh remains one of crickets most recognized, revered and respected players.

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Steve Waugh is world renowned for his sporting achievements, business acumen and commitment to philanthropy. His achievements have, and continue to earn him accolades, recognition and awards worldwide.

Steve Waugh is not only recognized in the cricket world, but also across sports and by athletes throughout the world at the highest levels; he is only one of three Australians to have been invited to join the prestigious Laureus World Sports Academy and only the 4th cricketer to be so honoured.

For the young hopefuls of tomorrow and the veterans of yesterday, Steve Waugh will forever be a sporting legend. But the former Australian Test captain says he stopped being a cricketer the moment he hung up his baggy green.

Speaking about his philanthropy, Steve says meeting Mother Teresa was the inspiration and catalyst to devote his life to charity. For years during Australian tours he felt overwhelmed and helpless. The opportunity, however, to meet with noted humanitarian Mother Teresa added a fresh perspective. Here was a tiny, frail lady, bent over with arthritis, slowly shuffling around, oblivious to her own ills and championing the welfare of others. "There was a calming aura about her," Waugh said. "When you were in her presence you definitely felt more serene and peaceful."

Of all the celebrity encounters he had enjoyed, from the Queen to Nelson Mandela and Sir Elton John, this was by far the most important and powerful. Just as thousands of others had gained strength from shaking Mother Teresa’s hand and receiving her saintly blessings, so did Waugh. Now, in places like India where cricketers are feted like movie stars, Waugh has a godlike status and not only for his deeds with cricket’s world champions.

Steve Waugh is not only an extraordinary cricketer, but also a sensitive and warm human being with a hand that reaches out to the needy.

The other side of Steve Waugh is as fascinating as his cricketing achievements.

Today Steve Waugh works with likeminded people, groups and companies who share a team spirit, passion and commitment to achieving results in business and for the community.

Steve came over really well and we believe the keynote was enhanced by his being interviewed by Rebecca Wilson - who is a big Steve Waugh fan and she managed to bring out the best in him. Combined Rural Traders
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