Speakers Profile - Bill Harrigan

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Bill Harrigan is recognised as one of the best Rugby League Referees in the World. Hailing from the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Bill's positive attitude and motivational qualities have steered him to the top. As a young kid, Bill's ambition was to pursue a career as a professional, important, respected man with letters after his name. After more than 280 games and over 12 years as a first grade referee, even the most hardened rugby league fanatic would have to give Cronulla based whistle-blower Bill Harrigan his due recognition.

Bill has so far refereed six Grand Finals in 1989, 90, 91, 97, 98, 99 and twelve State of Origins including 1998 State of Origin where he refereed all three, which is the first time in history that this had been done. He has refereed fifteen International Tests including the deciding test in 1994 between Great Britain and Australia.

With his background and training with the Police Force (Tactical Response Unit) Bill is still dedicated to a very strict training session. Regular runs through the Royal National Park in Sutherland and gruelling beach-side and gym work-outs. Proof of this is watching Harrigan arrive at the in goal area before a run away try, whistle in mouth waiting for the ball to go down.

Bill Harrigan will keep you totally entertained with his amazing and spellbinding stories from all over the world, he will over awe you with his highly motivational qualities and he will guarantee you a damn good laugh with his larrikin wit.