Travels from: New South Wales
Categories: Motivational Speakers
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Ian Roberts started his career as a professional rugby league player in the 1980’s. Having been lauded as “the best front rower in the game”, Ian played club football with South Sydney Rabbitohs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, North Queensland Cowboys and even played for the Wigan Warriors in Manchester UK. In 1995, Roberts came out as the first openly gay man in rugby league. He received thousands of letters of support but also extensive hate mail. Teachers and parents reported that his coming out saved the lives of many kids from suicide. Roberts retired in 1998 due to injury. In 2014 Ian revealed he has issues with memory loss due to repeated concussions and head injuries he had sustained during his sporting career.
In 1998 Roberts studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and after graduating landed a part in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In 2003 Ian relocated to the US to further pursue an acting career. Scoring an appearance in Little Fish alongside Oscar winner Cate Blanchett was followed by a succession of appearances including Superman Returns and Underbelly. According to IMDB, Ian Robertson is credited with 65 acting roles.
Having returned to Australia, Ian is now known for sharing his wisdom. A master of change management, known as a trailblazer gives Ian credibility as a motivational speaker. The ability to share his life and to motivate people to be their best whilst facing their fears is inspiring. “Running from fear is avoiding growth.” is one of many important philosophies shared by Roberts.