New Zealand is one of the top sporting nations of the world. We've achieved great success in sport at both individual and team level. There are hundreds of current and former NZ sportsmen and sportswomen who have great stories to tell of their success and struggles. Captive Audience represent celebrity sports speakers who are ready to entertain your audience in Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch and NZ-wide. We do not charge a service, admin or booking fee. Let us arrange a famous sports speaker for your next event.
Swimming Olympic gold medallist, now mentor and ambassador for the Commonwealth Games Team.
Prior to that, Dave was the race director of the Ironman Triathlon from 1987 to 1999, the executive director of the Halberg Trust for 17 years from 1988, and the Manager of the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team 2009–11.
David Kirk has excelled in everything he has put his hand to. A medical doctor, a Rhodes Scholar with a PPE degree from Oxford University and a stellar career as CEO of two of Australasia's largest companies. In NZ he is probably most famous as an All Black Captain, and currently the only New Zealand Captain to lead his team to win the Rugby World Cup.
Likeable TV sports commentator on all sports, hear some stories of what goes on behind the scenes.
His presentation is supported by some of the best adventure footage shot anywhere in the world.
Graeme is one of New Zealand's and the world's leading outdoor adventurers. With more than 30 years experience in outdoor activities
Jamie is one of New Zealand’s most sought after management consultants and keynote speakers, is a modern-day pioneer, and has helped thousands of people around the world bridge the gap between strategy, leadership and creating a high-performance culture.
John O’Neill has created success running three major organisations in banking and in international sports where mass entertainment and broad community participation are essential features.
All Black from 1971 to 1976. All Black coach from 1992 to 1995.
Martin hosts his own sports radio show, was a regular panellist on "Game of Two Halves" and in 2010 hosted TVNZ's coverage of the Football World Cup in South Africa and in 2011 was named Sports Broadcaster of the Year.
Martin Snedden is an in demand keynote speaker, sharing his internationally acclaimed success story from the RWC 2011.
Former Maori All Black and NZ Sevens Rugby Captain, Matua is also a commentator on Maori Televisions "Code" . Owner of the most famous dreads in rugby.
Michael Groom is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest 'big' mountain climbers. In 1999 he successfully climbed Makalu, the smallest and for Michael, the last of the 'big five' - the five highest mountains in the world. Makalu, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga, K2 and Everest. Michael climbed them all without the assistance of bottled oxygen, and all but Kangchenjunga he climbed without the front third of both feet.
Murray Deaker's direct and sometimes controversial style has won him many awards including the Best Sports Presenter at the Radio Awards seven times and was a finalist on 10 other occasions.
On December 26th 1998, 114 Yachts left Sydney harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race- only 44 finished. Of the remaining vessels, 12 yachts were abandoned, 5 yachts sank, 6 men lost their lives and over 50 yachtsmen had to be winched to safety. The event is recognised as one of the worst Maritime disasters in Australian history. Peter Davidson, paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach survivors, talks about what it took to rescue men from the stricken vessels in the midst of some of the worst conditions in sailing history
Peter Lester is a New Zealand yachting personality - first as a succesful sailor and more recently as a commentator.
Ric Charlesworth is a doctor of medicine and a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the Western Australian State Hockey Team and Cricket Team. He played hockey for Australia for a record 16 years. His coaching formula is part of the reason for the sustained success of the team at Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. For 8 consecutive years the team was ranked number one in the world. He won Australian Team Coach of the Year six times in 1994. In 2005 Ric was selected as Western Australia’s greatest ever hockey player and also Western Australia’s greatest ever coach. He was appointed as the High Performance Manager of New Zealand Cricket and took up that position in October
Best known for his hosting role in Sports Cafe, Ric is now a television producer of The Crowd Goes Wild.
Sir Richard Hadlee is undoubtedly one of the world's leading fast bowlers and once held the world record for the most test wickets.
Highlights of her coaching career include winning the 2003 Netball World Championships and back to back Gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games.
One of the most successful All Black Captains, credited by most with the leadership abilities that made the All Blacks the great team they were when they won the World Cup.
Steph Brown together with Jude Ellis took fourth place in the Trans-Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race of 2001. They made history as the first female, double-handed crew to cross this 5000km stretch of mountainous seas. Their crossing was entirely unassisted and they proved to be the surprise of this race, deemed to be “the ultimate test of strength and endurance”, by beating 32 other international, male crews.
Gliding over the finish line at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games saw Steven’s name etched into the history books. Skating in the 1000m final and in fifth place, the unthinkable happened. The race favourite and the other three skaters ahead of Steven, fell in a tangle of skates and arms and legs on the ice. Leaving the path clear for Steven, he glided across the finish line in first place and became the first ever Australian to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal!
The “Power of Commitment” enabled Tony Mowbray to become the fastest Australian to sail solo non stop and unassisted around the world. A record-breaking 180-day adventure that required total focus and unswerving self-belief. It also gave Tony the opportunity to “Look It In The Eye” when he finished some unfinished business in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart yacht classic. Tony and his crew on board “Solo Globe Challenger” were part of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart fleet, which encountered the worst race conditions on record. Little did Tony know that within 24 hours of the start he and his crew would be fighting a 15-hour battle of life or death – nature was asking them to reach further within themselves than they ever had before. “Solo Globe Challenger” surfed down the face of a 60-foot wave upside down after a monumental knock down. In 160 km/hr winds Tony “could see and smell death in the water”. As Tony says “the devil took me by the hand and led me to the edge of a huge precipice and made me stand there on tippy toes for 15 hours – he allowed me to walk away but tragically 6 men died throughout that afternoon and the next day”. The fight for life was won but Tony’s dream of sailing around the world was shattered. His boat was all but a wreck as he was physically and mentally. Within 4 months Tony’s spirit had reignited the flame of a solo world circumnavigation. His boat was rebuilt and he left Australia in search of some answers.
This super motivated woman is a mum to 4 children – two with cystic fibrosis who constantly need medical and hospital treatment. In 2002 she ‘hit the wall’. She was hugely overweight and suffering from ‘chronic sorrow’ where a person lives with someone else’s illness on a daily basis. She joined a gym and read an advertisement for a ‘Special K’ Triathlon and that changed her life.