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Peter Bell

Passion, purpose and perseverance. How a quest for acceptance and emotional fulfilment, led all the way to the Australian Rules Football Hall of Fame

More widely known for his 286 game Australian Football Hall of Fame career, Peter’s journey to the AFL is incredibly unique and will captivate and inspire your audience.

Hear Peter’s story, of being born in Korea, adopted by an Australian family and being raised in a small farming community in south west Western Australia. Peter endured numerous challenges on his path to the Australian Football League, including racism, non-acceptance and rejection, without even accounting for the ‘usual’ on-field challenges presented by the pursuit of an elite sporting career.

Peter faced these challenges head-on, ultimately becoming a dual AFL Premiership player, dual All Australian representative and ultimately an Australian Football of Fame inductee.

During this high achieving career however, Peter was engulfed with a sense of something missing in his life, in not knowing who his birth parents were and why he was given up for adoption. Hear how he channelled these feelings and emotions into a relentless quest for success, achievement and ultimately, acceptance.

Hear his incredible story, the ‘needle in the haystack search’ before being reunited with his birth mother and father. Hear how this search took Peter around the globe, to San Francisco and Korea and numerous other places in between, to connect with family members he had never met before.

Most importantly, hear how Peter has reconciled himself with an understanding of how these challenges have shaped who he is today and how they have enabled him to find happiness and success in life including in his football career, his study (law degree) and in his life after football.

Peter is an accomplished media performer, formerly working in radio and television, and infuses his presentation with heartfelt emotion and humour to ensure that everybody in the audience feels connected to and a part of this extraordinary story of life, family, forgiveness and acceptance.

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