Mr Kevin Sheedy AO
As a player, coach and ambassador, Kevin Sheedy has had one of the most successful careers in Australian sporting history.
But there is more to Kevin Sheedy than football. He is a marketer, a thinker, an innovator, the holder of awards for community service and an inspirational speaker, capable of talking about subjects way beyond the boundaries of sport.
- Prahran – VFA premiership in 1966
- Richmond – 251 VFL games, 91 goals, three premierships
- Essendon – Coached 634 VFL/AFL games, four flags
- All-Australian coach in 1984/85/93, 2000
- State of Origin – Coach in 1984/85
- Greater Western Sydney – Giants’ inaugural coach
- Australia – Toured Ireland in 1967, coached successful International Rules teams in 2005/06
- Life Memberships – Prahran, Richmond, Essendon, GWS, AFL. Sheedy Medal – Awarded to GWS Best and Fairest.
- Richmond – Played First Xl cricket as a leg-spinner
Honours and achievements
- 2000 – Australian Sports Medal, Australian Sports Commission coach of the year
- 2008 – AFL Ambassador for the 150 Years Celebration of Australian football, inducted into the AFL Hall of Game
- 2009 – Inducted into Sports Australia Hall of Fame.
Corporate and community work
- Established AFL SportReady, a national not-for-profit company that has facilitated employment and education opportunities for more than 14,000 young Australians, including 2,000 Aboriginal and Torres Street Islanders
- Ambassador for the Bravery Trust which provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, who have suffered injury or illness as a result of their service and are experiencing financial hardship
- A qualified plumber Kevin is an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador for the Australian Government.
Publications and public speaking
Kevin Sheedy is the author or co-author of eight books, including the magnum opus The 500 Club, regarded as one of the best books ever written about Australian sport, and his best-selling memoir, Stand Your Ground, published by Pan MacMillan in 2008.
Kevin’s most famous footballing speech came in the 1993 preliminary final when Essendon overcame a 42-point deficit at half-time to beat Adelaide. Kevin is equally inspirational beyond the boundaries of sport, helping major corporations with team-building and entertaining as an after-dinner speaker at sports nights.
Honours and awards
- 1998 – Order of Australia
- 2001 – Centenary Medal
- 2003 – National Service Medal
- 2008 – Australian Thinker of the Year, State Finalist Senior Australian of the Year
- 2009 – Honorary Doctorate from The Australian Catholic University
- 2013 – Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Sydney
- 2014 – Presided the David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change at Deakin University
- 2016 – Ambassador for the Patrick Cronin Foundation