Former captain of the history-making Brisbane Lions, and integral member of Fitzroy, Alastair Lynch led a stellar career spanning 17 years and 306 games at the pinnacle of the sport. Alastair kicked his way into the record books in 2004 to become the 23rd player to kick 600 AFL goals. Now an author and media personality Alastair remains highly regarded in the football community and multiple awards tell of the indelible mark etched into Australia's sporting landscape.
Alastair Lynch was former captain and key member of the history-making Brisbane Lions team that won an extraordinary premiership hattrick in 2001-02-03 to be rated arguably the best team of all-time. He will be remembered as one of the all-time greats of AFL football after a career which spanned 17 years and 306 games at the highest level.
But his career, which had its beginnings in Tasmania and was split between Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears/Lions, went far beyond pure football. In 1995, he defied a career-threatening illness later diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, to become an inspiration to the thousands of CFS sufferers in Australia. Not only did he get back to playing football at the elite level after missing all but one game in 1995, but he took his game to a new level and played some of his best football as the oldest player in the competition in his latter years.
Born in Burnie and raised in Wynyard in north-western Tasmania, the powerhouse full forward and one-time fullback played six years at Fitzroy and 11 years in Brisbane. An All-Australian selection in 1993, he was Lions co-captain from 1997-2000 and remained a highly regarded leader of the star-studded Lions
outfit despite the selfless decision at the end of 2000 to stand down from the captaincy, allowing Michael Voss to do the job solo.
In his final season in 2004, Alastair stamped his indelible mark on the AFL record books when he became the 23rd player to kick 600 AFL goals, and the 43rd player overall and the 1st Tasmanian to play 300 AFL games. He also ranks equal 5th in all-time AFL finals goals.
In recognition of the high regard in which he is held by the football community, he was chosen in the Fitzroy Team of the Century and the Tasmanian Team of the Century, and was further honored part-way through 2004 when Tasmanian football’s highest individual award, formerly the William Leitch Medal, was re-named the Alastair Lynch Medal. Is also a “Living Legend" of Tasmanian football and an inaugural member of the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.
He is now well settled in Brisbane, enjoying the multitude of business and media opportunities and challenges that present themselves in life after football. In August 2005 he released a best-selling autobiography titled “Taking Nothing For Granted", which traces his fight against CFS and his football career.
In high demand as a corporate motivational speaker, Alastair also writes a newspaper column in Brisbane and Hobart, does radio commentary with Triple M and appears regularly on ‘Fox Footy’. And he is a partner in a new Brisbane-based sports marketing and athlete management company ‘Velocity Sports’, and Australia’s newest range of football boots ‘Nomis’, and is an AFL Queensland Ambassador.
Alistair was very engaging, fitted in with the theme of the day beautifully and hit the mark exactly with his presentation. He was able to relate all his experiences to our delegates and when he answered their questions he made it very applicable to their role. He was very low maintenance and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
North Coast Region
Alastair was great, real down to earth guy. Really worked well with our other special guests.
Alastair was a fantastic choice for our event. He was both entertaining and inspirational.
Narangba Valley Primary School
“Alastair Lynch was the professional we have come to see on the field and in the eyes of the public.
He captured the whole audience in his open and honest approach in his commentary. Giving us the an insight to his feelings in special times in his football career was first class."
“Alastair was approachable by everyone all day. He was relaxed and easy to talk to and engaged readily with all the people he met. When presenting formally, he was relaxed and natural and had a nice blend of humour and interesting stories. He was a real benefit to our day, and it was a pleasure to meet him. He also contacted me directly after it was over, expressing interest in its success. Glad to recommend him to anyone looking for a real gentleman to engage their group"
Guide Dogs Queensland
“Excellent. I was expecting Alastair Lynch to be entertaining but was completely surprised at just how well he spoke and how funny he was. I would recommend Alastair Lynch to anyone. Not only was Alastair entertaining on th stage but the feedback from guest sitting with him on the table was that he kept everyone engaged in conversation all night. He is a thoroughly nice guy."
Maroochydore Cricket Club
“Alastair was a wonderful addition to our football line up and held the audience attention brilliantly."
Melbourne Football Club
“Excellent Alastair's presentation was exactly what I wanted and the way he related his story from sporting terms to the business was great."
Westpac Financial Planning