Uses his experience as a media personality and athlete
Richard Champion (Champs) is a delight for Conference and Event Organisers. Always prepared, his experience as a media personality and professional athlete means he is able to think on his feet and develop great rapport with the audience.
Richard had a football career spanning 14 years, including 10 years with the Brisbane Bears / Lions before retirement at the end of the 2000 season. During his career he finished in the top six places for the Best & Fairest Awards three times. He also won the Bears’ prestigious “Most Professional Player” award in 1994 and “Best Clubman” honours in 1995.
Qualifying for entry to the AFL’s prestigious 200 Club at the conclusion of his career, Richard Champion won lavish praise (rarely given) from coach Leigh Matthews for the professional manner in which he conducted himself. He was awarded Brisbane Lions Life Membership at the end of the 2000 season for his 10 years of loyal service to the club.
Richard Champion has a multi-talented personality, always prominent in the club's off-field activities and in 1998 won an AFL Talent Show on Network Seven for his marvellous impersonation of Jimmy Barnes. That singing talent was put to good use when ‘Champs’ competed in the popular Channel Seven program “It Takes Two”.
You can also catch Richard on a variety of radio shows including a co-hosting role on the “Sportsbet Breakfast Show” each morning on Radio TAB and is a member of “Triple M’s Call Team” commentating on all the Brisbane Lions games during the season. Richard really shines however, on The Great South East each week and “Creek to Coast” with Channel Seven.
There is no challenge that Richard Champion has backed away from and his competitive nature and high level of fitness make him an obvious choice for tougher assignments. He loves golf and plans to call Brisbane home for many years to come with his wife Anne-Marie and daughters Georgia and Grace.
Richard shares his experiences of life in football in a most entertaining way. As your MC, he is professional, warm and humorous – a delight, fun and professional to work with!