Speakers Profile - Wayne Schwass

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Wayne Schwass is one of the most highly rated performers in the AFL history, playing 282 AFL games over 14 years with the North Melbourne Football Club (1988-1997) and the Sydney Swans (1998-2002).

Born in New Zealand, Schwass moved to Warrnambool in Victoria at the age of 10, where he began playing Australian Rules before being recruited by VFL club Kangaroos.

During his 14 year career Wayne won 3 Club Best & Fairest awards, was an All Australian, 3 x State Representative, 1996 Premiership player, 1995 Night Premiership Player, Morrish Medallist (VFL U/19 Best & Fairest), AFL Life Membership and North Melbourne Life Membership. Wayne retired from AFL Football in June 2002.

Wayne has since forged a name for himself as a highly respected AFL Broadcaster on TV, radio and online with SEN 1116, AFL Live and Fox Sports, hosting such shows as Off The Bench TV, Footy Feast and calling AF on the AFL Live, SEN 1116 and Fox Sports broadcasts.

In 2007 Wayne became the face of the AFL Coke Zero Dream Team website and a co-presenter on the AFL's online game preview show Saturday Central as well as the AFL's online review show The Final Siren both on AFL.com.

Wayne is also the Founder of 'The Sunrise Foundation', an organisation he created after becoming one of the first AFL footballers to openly speak out about his battle with depression.

The Sunrise Foundation has been created to develop and deliver purpose built preventative education programs addressing depression for young people aged between 12-24 with a particular focus in the education system, athletes from all sports across all levels including the elite and rural Australia.

Wayne's vast experience from being an AFL player to media personality, from the private sector to establishing the Sunrise Foundation has also developed him into a versatile and motivating Keynote Speaker and MC.

Premiership player with North Melbourne (1996)
2 x North Melbourne best-and-fairest (1994 & 1995)
Sydney Swans best-and-fairest (1999)
AFL All Australian (1999)
Victorian State of Origin player
Morrish Medal (1987)
282 games