Speakers Profile - Chris Handy

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The affable Brisbane publican belies the reputation that he developed on the rugby field. As a barrel-chested prop forward 'Buddha' Handy created mayhem on the rugby fields around the world with his uncompromising and rugged play.

A former Gregory Terrace student in Brisbane, Handy graduated through the Queensland Rugby Union when the now famous maroon jersey was beginning to earn respect. He played some 54 games for his state as Queensland rose from virtual obscurity to the world famous rugby provincial status that it enjoys now. He went onto earn his Wallaby colours in the late seventies as a 'tough as teak' prop, playing six internationals.

Over the passed sixteen years, he has developed into a media personality, M.C. and guest speaker of high repute and has established himself on the celebrity-debating scene. His unique style has seen him travel the world to Britain and the continent, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Canada, USA and Fiji as he entertains the rugby fans back home both on and off the field and on television.

As his nickname suggests, the affable roly poly Buddha has built up a multitude of sporting anecdotes which has made him a very popular after dinner speaker and rugby author of 'Well I'll Be Rugged' and contributor to many rugby periodicals. His stories are endless, his wit sharp, his style unique, making him a much sought after gust speaker both internationally and at home.