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Wayne Schwass

Wayne Schwass was an AFL champion and commentator, now seen as the founder of a mental health awareness organisation, and motivational speaker

Wayne Schwass had a distinguished AFL career, playing 282 games over 14 years, with North Melbourne and Sydney Swans Football Clubs. Establishing himself as a respected AFL media identity, Wayne could be seen working in radio, television, print and internet.

Before retiring in 2002, Wayne won numerous awards and received recognition for his reputable sportsmanship and expansive career in the football industry. He was awarded three Best and Fairest awards, three State Representatives, a Morrish Medal and an AFL and North Melbourne Life Membership.

After retirement, Wayne became a highly  sought-after AFL broadcaster. He has hosted television shows such as Off the Bench and Footy Feast, and was a commentator for TripleM.

Wayne was the founder and creator of a not-for-profit organisation, The Sunrise Foundation, after battling with depression himself, delivering over 5000 programs to students across Melbourne (2006-2010) to spread awareness for mental health. Wayne has been a leading mental health advocate for the last 17 years and is passionately committed to the issues of suicide prevention, mental health, emotional wellbeing and normalising these important and authentic conversations. 

This passion prompted the creation of ‘PukaUp’, a social enterprise committed to educating Australians on positive mental health, emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention. With the vision to “end suicide” by making these conversations available to everyone and providing people with the knowledge and confidence to invest in their own mental health.

Wayne’s prior experience in a variety of careers make him the ideal motivational speaker for any function. His transparency allows him to connect with his audience and give hope to others through sharing genuine stories of his personal experiences. Wayne is able to adapt, speak about topics passionately and informatively deliver inspiring and motivating presentations that inspire people to become the best version of themselves.

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