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From humble beginnings as an only child on a remote sheep farm in Williams, WA this story is about a boy with a dream and man who achieved it, lost it, then found the courage at an impossible age to stand amongst the worlds best again.
After a highly successful ODI cricketing career with four World Cup attempts and two World Cup trophies under his belt, Brad Hogg retired from playing any form of cricket in 2008. In 2011, at 39 years of age, Hoggy shocked the nation when he made a triumphant return to professional cricket and became a major star of the inaugural 2011 T20 Big Bash League with his beloved state team, the Perth Scorchers. For the past four seasons, sell-out WACA crowds have been chanting his name in unison as the 44 year old took wicket after wicket with his unique left-arm chinaman bowling style, mixing it up with his googly's and wrong-uns, and fielding with the athleticism of a teenager. After three years of winning the right to host the Finals at the WACA (known as The Furnace for BBL), the Perth Scorchers finally clinched the long awaited victory in the 2013/14 season and then backed it up with another Finals trophy in 2014/15. Remarkable for a man who is twice the age of many of his team mates.
Hogg is once again one of the most desired players on the world T20 circuit and since his comeback, he has performed in Bangladesh, South Africa, India, Sir Lanka, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. The biggest compliment however was his 2012 & 2014 recalls to the National team for the Australian World Cup squad. In 2015 he shows no signs of slowing down after the Perth Scorchers Big Bash Finals win, a sure place at the much coveted T20 International Champions League, and having been snapped up at the IPL Auction, he headlined around the world with his form while playing for The Kolkata Knight Riders. Hogg is now officially the worlds oldest international professional cricket player.
Brad is a natural performer, and his enthusiasm spills over onto the stage with an energy that is palpable, and an honesty that endearing as he owns his mistakes and is humbled by his successes. Off field, Hoggy is a notorious prankster and onfield, a smiling assassin so there's a carpet bag full of stories to share about the old days and the new.
As a popular media personality, Hogg is often heard on Perth radio at Mix 94.5FM Dead Set Legends (the sports show on Saturday mornings), ABC Radio Grandstand as Commentator, fill-in weekend sports wrap-up report on the breakfast show, Clairsy, Shane and Kymba, Triple M Sydney radio with Tony Squires and Ryan Girdler called "A Few Good Sportsmen" to name but a few.
As Patron of the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Ambassador of Police Legacy, Ambassador of SDERA (Schools Drug Education & Road Awareness), Ambassador of Homeless Connect and many more charities, Ambassador of WeetBix Try-Athlon, (and many more), he is active across a series of fundraising events and awareness campaigns involving health, aspiration, homelessness, education and farming. Brad's keen sense of community spirit is tantamount to the character of the man.
What Client's Say:
Brad Hogg was a fantastic polished entertainer for our Union Conference. He is a champion sportsman with a devilish humour streak in him. He adds comedy to an evening telling tales about himself, cricket, mates and growing up in country Australia. Had us all laughing from the very start. Would certainly have him back again!! WA Police Union Annual Conference
I flew over from Europe for an annual conference in Perth and found myself sharing the stage with "Hoggy". Wow!! What a dynamo! Energised, enthused, engaged, he had the audience enraptured and enthralled as he rolled out his stories from victory to victim and back to victor. A natural born story teller, a cheeky chap, a charming journey of underdog to super hero. One of the most riveting speakers I've seen in a long time, zesting up any event. Olivia Schofield, Top Woman Speaker World Championship of Public Speaking 2011
Having a sportsperson speak at our convention worried me a little at first as all of our members are learning the craft of public speaking and communication skills and would pick up on any flaws in his speaking style. We need not have worried as Hoggy delivered his presentation with the energy, passion and wit he shows us all on the cricket field. The feedback from my members was all positive and I highly recommend Brad to speak in any environment as he can quickly adjust to the conditions just like his bowling. District 17 Governor & Convention Chairman, Toastmasters International Conference 2014
A huge thank you to Brad for his amazing speech on Saturday. He was honestly one of the best presenters I have ever seen, captivating, even for people like me who are just starting to get into cricket. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much! And the take home of having to work really hard, not letting fear hold you back and never giving up, really struck a chord. Everyone loved him! We feel extremely privileged that he chose to support us� Marketing Manager, Variety WA
Brad is awesome - very comfortable in the public eye, talking and meeting lots of people. He has so many cricket stories and knows how to tell a great yarn which had everyone glued to their seats. He is very open about his experiences in his journey through life. He was also very accommodating with his speech, signing autographs and mingling - and even had an impromptu game of indoor cricket, followed with a session of bowling! The residents were thrilled. Brad brought his Baggy Green and Australia Test Jacket which residents were able to wear and take photos and he even made phone videos to residents children. What a great guy - really happy with his visit!! We would welcome him up here again anytime. Wheatstone Minesite
We knew you had a lot to offer in terms of your experience with perseverance, determination and hard work, but was impressed with how you presented this to our group. Your personal recollections of how it took one of the Teams you were in, to pull you back inline, was earnest and honest . That story highlighted to me how good teams control and influence the behavior of members. I think this is an important message in the context of all teams and organizations. Good luck with the rest of your cricket days, and we welcome your success on the speaker circuit. Finkelstein Hickmott CPA Annual Conference
Brad was a fantastic after dinner speaker, really great! Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (Inc) Annual Charity Dinner
Brad was truly fantastic on Saturday. He had the entire audience captivated to a point where you could hear a pin drop. He was energetic, vibrant, engaging and took us all on his journey with him. The addition of the props was fantastic too and really added to the experience. I told him it was one of the best speeches I've heard but I don't think he believed me! WACA Corporate Marketing
SDERA delivers resilience, drug and alcohol, and road safety education to schools throughout the State, so when it came time to choose an ambassador we could think of no better example of a healthy and resilient person, than Brad. He speaks to young people about the importance of being able to bounce back from disappointment and keeping your body and mind healthy. He shares his story of resilience with humour and authenticity in a way that both entertains and inspires. His generosity and infectious enthusiasm helps young people to stay on track and pursue their dreams. Manager Communications & Marketing SDERA (Schools Drug Education & Road Awareness)
What a great night. We have had a lot of positive feedback already. We loved his casual approach and humour. It was about making people happy and entertained as well as the facts and yarns. The bonus moment was when our Centre Board Captain Leone presented Brad with a Club shirt and he had the good grace to remove his own shirt and wear ours well, that just blew everyone away. The extra mile in giving time after the speech to meet & talk with guests, share your baggy green cap and have photo's taken with their new mate Hoggy is so very much appreciated by all. East Fremantle Sailing Club
Brad has been fantastic with all the recent marketing commitments, nothing but positive feedback from my end and the various WACA departments. I think the great thing is, whether it's a clinic for 200 kids, a video where he is mimicking Eminem, a corporate function of 100-1000 or a small number of people, Brad can adapt to the situation and have fun with it. One of our sponsors mentioned to me after their breakfast how impressed they were with Brad's growth in public speaking after hearing him speak about 8 years ago. When he spoke at our recent luncheon for a small group of eight CEO's, we thought this was the best one yet, everybody was engaged.General Manager - Commercial, Marketing & Communication WACA
Brad is a very warm and friendly man who relates very easily with all ages of young people, quickly establishing common ground with groups and individuals. You would have thought he had been studying some of our literature as he captured and relayed some very useful messages to the groups. It was a fantastic experience. Midwest Region, Catholic Education Office
We had a great evening with Brad Hogg at last nights Net Session which we purchased at a Charity auction earlier this year. Everyone was very impressed with Hoggy and found him to be a very genuine nice man, not only in the way he treated the lads in the nets with his skill and advice, but he was very happy to talk to everyone and share some great stories afterwards and have photos taken, and we all felt like we'd made a great new friend. I'll be bidding again this year for the "Hoggy In The Net Session" at the next Duchenne Foundation Gala Ball. Craig Power, Businessman (Auction Bidder)
He was great as usual. He and Pavlich bounced off each other really well. The client was stoked, and the audience responded very well. His mix of humour, storytelling and emotion was perfect. Even the attendees who knew nothing about cricket were very impressed. WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association)
We absolutely loved having you, it was entertaining and inspiring stuff!! CEO Variety WA
Thanks so much not only for his speech but for his participation after the event. All have been strong in their praise and really appreciated the way in which he was prepared to give of his time in such a pleasant and friendly manner. It really made the day. Lions Club of Claremont
Please pass on our thanks to Brad as special guest at our Terrific Kids Assembly. His positive and encouraging message was delivered with humour and sincerity. I have had so much positive feedback from teachers and children. I know he made many new fans and made the day for those lucky enough to meet him in person. Parkwood Primary School
Just wanted to drop you a short note to thank Brad Hogg for his contribution to our annual conference. The feedback from our staff raved about his sometimes hilarious but always entertaining use of cricket stories, and how impressed they were with his current fitness - he looks much younger than they imagined at 43 years of age! Inspirational indeed. Finkelstein Hickmott Annual Conference
I just wanted to drop you and Brad a short note to say thanks for the Clinic last Thursday. The boys were absolutely stoked to have Brad pass on his knowledge and he was fantastic with them. Myself and the other parents certainly weren't expecting for him to stay almost 3 hours - what a bloody legend! Everyone commented how engaging he was with the boys and how they hung on to every word he spoke. Please let Brad know that we easily chased down our opponents target yesterday and finished our innings at 7/246 off our 50 overs and winning the match - thanks to his words of wisdom!! Kingsley Junior Cricket Club
At the official launch of the Ambassadors program yesterday, Brad stole the show by telling the room of VIP's about his passion for health and his dedication to helping young people. Hoggy is one of those guys who can inspire people of all ages, whether they are into cricket or not. He shows that if you continue to make good decisions, there is no limit to what you can achieve. He has already made several highly inspirational school appearances for SDERA. We are thrilled to have him as one of our Ambassadors. Manager, SDERA (Schools Drug Education & Road Awareness)
Having a great yarn, top stories rolling out of Brad Hogg - twitter comment by attendee at WACA breakfast
It was a pleasure to have Brad "back home". He has a wonderful way with kids and his talks were fantastic, a great ambassador for SDERA with a real life story. I have only had positive comments from many varied sources. From a personal point of view it was great to hear aspects of his journey. You can be proud to represent Brad Hogg as a speaker, and public identity. Wheatbelt Education Region, Narrogin Local Education Office