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Ric Charlesworth

Ric Charlesworth

Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest ever sporting coach with incredible success in both the Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams, Ric Charlesworth draws from his wealth of knowledge to deliver engaging and memorable keynotes.

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Testimonials for Ric Charlesworth

You certainly are in inspiration. It was inspiring to have you with us and hear what you say. You could feel the difference the following week throughout the Company – the move to greater unity and getting on with the job.

Executive Chairman - Zip Industries


..such an interesting motivational speaker. Those present appreciated your anecdotes and understood the comparisons you drew between the business and sporting worlds. I am sure that we can all learn from your meanings behind the ‘Tragedy’ mnemonic.

WA President - BHP Iron Ore


Thank you for an outstanding presentation.  To address us for nearly 1 ½ hours and to be able to hear a pin drop during the entire presentation, not only illustrates a remarkable presentation style but content of enormous interest which translate well to retail manager settings and achieving their business goals…I appreciate the time and effort you put in to deliver another Gold Medal performance.

Chief Operating Officer - Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd


Ric’s presentation was relaxed, interesting and appealed to most of the people at our dinner function.

Dept of Consumer & Employment Protection


Ric hit the mark perfectly for a senior executive group. His presentation which focused on high performance teams was informative andinstructive with a the right balance of humor. His approach to achieving high performance on the sporting field translates so well to team environments in the corporate world. He is one of a relatively few in the sporting arena we believe effectively bridges this divide.



Ric was a very engaging speaker he worked with the program and developed much of his speech around the companies values. Very helpful when trying to Keep continuity throughout the conference.

MSF Event Management


Majority of recipients found him concise, relevant and inspiring sprinkled with a touch of humour.

Mark Hay Realty


Ric engaged with the audience and kept an upbeat atmosphere within the room throughout his whole address. He interacted with our client and was well received by all.

Turner Engineering


Your presentation on the work that needs to be done to develop supervisors into leaders was excellent. The "team" message was well made and all the more practical and realistic as a result of your ability to draw on your own experience in the sporting world.

Minerals Council of Australia


There are few certainties in life and success in our chosen field is not one of them. Richard Charlesworth knows how to turn the 'art of the possible' into the 'art of the probable' and dramatically increase the chances of getting to the top.

British Airways


The day was definitely one of the most memorable launches that we have had and your part was certainly instrumental to the success of the event. The insight you provided into your playing and coaching career and the links that you made from these experiences to our competition were particularly valuable

Australian Cricket Board


Your speech here a year ago offered us some insight into the dedication and discipline required to achieve goals. In Sydney, and in all that led up to it, that's a talk you well and truly walked

University of Melbourne

Ric Charlesworth Travels from WA
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Ric Charlesworth's Biography

Ric is a doctor of medicine, a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the State Hockey Team and the State Cricket Team. He was also in Federal parliament for 10 years then he retired to take up the position of National Coach of the Australian Women's Hockey Team from 1993 until Sydney 2000.   Ric has worked as a high performance consultant to the Freo Dockers and as a mentor coach to 5 Australian Institute of Sport coaches.  

He moved to New Zealand in October 2005 to work as a High Performance Manager for New Zealand Cricket.  

Late 2007 to 2008 he worked as a Technical Advisor to Indian Hockey. 2008 appointed coach of the Australian's National Mens Hockey team, the Kookaburras. Retired from full time coaching the Kookaburras in 2014 after winning the World Cup, Ric now works as a High Performance Consultant.  

Ric is a warm, engaging, humorous, enthusiastic and optimistic speaker. He is a chronic achiever. He walks the talk!. He excels. He always has. Whether leading the world in hockey, captaining Western Australia in cricket, cramming in a medical degree or winning a seat in federal parliament, Ric has been excellent as a rule and frequently brilliant. His natural gifts and a fierce appetite for victory have guaranteed his success.                 

With an entertaining and informative approach Ric draws from a wealth of sporting, political and medical experience to provide insight, advice and anecdotes to all facets of human endeavor.

A bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Honorary
Doctorate of Science and a Bachelor of Arts - majoring in Philosophy and History All from the University of Western Australia
A member of federal parliament for 10 years from 1983
Coaching credentials include: Australian Coaching Council Level 111 Certificate 1993; 
FIH Master Coach 2000; Presenter elite coaching courses for FIH Kuala Lumpur and Perth 2002, Amsterdam 2003 and Madrid 2004
High Performance Manager New Zealand Cricket 2005-2007 and Technical Advisor Indian Hockey 2007-2008.  

Hockey 1971-1988 13 tomes National Champions, Captain 1974-76, 1981-84
1972-1988  227 matches (more than 130 as Captain 1977-1984) scored 90 goals for Australia
World Cups won 2 Bronze 1978, 1982, 1 gold 1986, player of the tournament and leading goal scorer
Selected for 5 Olympics and won Silver medal in 1976
Champions Trophy 1980 – 88 (Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist at each tournament)
Selected in various ‘World Teams’ between 1976 and 1986
Cricket  First Class player for Western Australia from 1972-1980, more than 2000 runs and approximately 50 games. 
He was 3 times Sheffield Shield winner and Team Captain 1979  

Coaching Record
1976 -79 Cricketers Hockey Club Premier League (3 times premiers in 4 years)
1975 Western Australia Senior State Team (Playing Coach) National Champions and Western Australia U/21 Team 1977 – 3rd and 1978 – 2nd place.  Australian Women’s Hockey Team Hockeyroos ranked number one in the world for 8 years consecutively
World Cup Women’s  1994 Dublin Gold, 1998 Utrecht – Gold
Men’s 2010 New Delhi – Gold
Champion Trophy Women’s 1993 Amsterdam – Gold, 1995 Mar Del Plata – Gold, 1997 Berlin – Gold, 1999 Brisbane – Gold and 2000 Amsterdam – Bronze Men’s 2009 Melbourne – Gold, 2010 Monchengladbach – Gold, 2011 Auckland - Gold
Commonwealth Games 1998 Kuala Lumpur – Gold, Men’s 2010 New Delhi – Gold
Olympic Games Women’s 1996 Atlanta – Gold, 2000 Sydney – Gold
Only coach in men’s and women’s hockey to have coached a team to consecutive
Gold medals at the Olympic Games in the modern era
Only coach in women’s hockey to have coached a team to consecutive Gold medals at the World Cup
Only Coach to have played and coached a team to Gold medal at the World Cup
Champion Trophy 2012 Melbourne Gold
World Cup 2014, The Hague Gold
Olympics 2012 Bronze  

WA Sportsman of the Year Award 1976, 1979, 1987
Order of Australia 1987 for services to the sport of hockey
Australian Coaching Council – ‘Team Coach of the Year’ 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1987, Inducted into Hall of Champions (WAIS) 1995
WA Sport’s Champions of the Year of the Year Awards – ‘WA Coach of the Year’ 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2014
Confederation of Australian Sport – ‘Coach of the Year’ 1996, 1997 and 2000
Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2001 for services to hockey
2005 selected as WA’s greatest ever hockey player and WA’s greatest coach from coaches in a wide variety of sports
2008 inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame
AIS Coach of the Year 2010
2011 WA finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards
WAIS sport legend 2013
Life Member Hockey WA 2014
Federation International Hockey (FIH) Inaugural Coach of the Year 2014   

Charlesworth, R and Hatt, D – The Young Hockey Player, 1980
Charlesworth, R. The Coach – Managing for Success, 2001
Charlesworth, R. Staying at the Top, 2002
Charlesworth, R. Shakespeare the Coach, 2004;
and Author of numerous articles for sporting magazines and newspapers    

Speaking Topics Include

Change- preparation and facing challenges
Chronic achievement
Inside a Team - Working Together and Hold it together
Staying on Top - Leadership is for everyone
To be the Best - teamwork
Planning your leadership succession and team development
How to avoid social loafing
The challenge to continuously improve
Quality in people and practice