Richard has had a football career spanning 14 years, including 10 years with the Brisbane Bears / Lions. Qualifying for entry to the AFL's prestigious 200 Club at the conclusion of his career, Richard Champion won lavish praise from coach Leigh Matthews. He was awarded Brisbane Lions Life Membership at the end of the 2000 season for his 10 years of loyal service to the club.
Richard has a multi-talented personality, always prominent in the club's off-field activities and in 1998 won an AFL Talent Show on Network Seven for his marvelous impersonation of Jimmy Barnes. That singing talent was put to good use when Champs competed in the popular Channel Seven program "It Takes Two". .
Richard Champion or ‘Champs’ as he is better known, has had a football career spanning 14 years, including 10 years with the Brisbane Bears / Lions before retirement at the end of the 2000 season. During his career he finished in the top six places for the Best & Fairest Awards three times. He also won the Bears’ prestigious “Most Professional Player" award in 1994 & “Best Clubman" honours in 1995.
Qualifying for entry to the AFL’s prestigious 200 Club at the conclusion of his career, Richard Champion won rarely given, lavish praise from coach Leigh Matthews for the professional manner in which he conducted himself. He was awarded Brisbane Lions Life Membership at the end of the 2000 season for his 10 years of loyal service to the club.
Richard has a multi-talented personality, always prominent in the club's off-field activities and in 1998 won an AFL Talent Show on Network Seven for his marvelous impersonation of Jimmy Barnes. That singing talent was put to good use when Champs competed in the popular Channel Seven program “It Takes Two".
You can also catch Champs on a variety of radio shows, but he really shines on The Great South East each week and “Creek to Coast" with Channel Seven. He also co-hosts radio programmes and is a regular commentator on the AFL when the Brisbane Lions play at the Gabba.
There is no challenge that Champs has backed away from and his competitive nature and high level of fitness make him an obvious choice for tougher assignments. Champs loves golf, and intends to call Brisbane home for many years to come with his wife Anne-Marie and daughters Georgia and Grace.
Richard shares his experiences of life in football in a very entertaining way.
Richard is also in great demand as a corporate MC.
Richard first came into contact with the Jetts Network in 2013 as the Master of Ceremonies for our National Conference in Fiji. Based on the success of our 2013 Conference we reengaged Richard the following year for our National Conference on Hamilton Island. On both occasions we were delighted with Richard’s effort, in particular the way in which he engaged with our 300+ strong audience. Richard was always well prepared and he was confident and humorous with his delivery. Of particular note was the way in which Richard became part of the Jetts family over the course of the Conference as he took an interest in our business and our people. Richard took on board what we were trying to achieve with our Conference and worked as an integral part of our team as he linked content and sessions and provided the flow and energy to inspire our audience.
Richard is an electric and entertaining speaker. His adaptability and professionalism means he is our go-to person for MC roles and guest speaker. His background in football and television presenting means that he has plenty of stories and always presents in a fresh and exciting way. Richard is always prepared for the job and exceeds expectations – we highly recommend him!
Principal Consultant, made4media
I have had the pleasure of working with “Champs” in 2008 for the Queensland Rail Silver Spike Series. Richard was the MC for the event series, briefings and dinner engagements, he is a hard worker and very personable. I would highly recommend Champs for any type of speaking engagement. He immerses himself into the subject matter of the event and puts the client at ease.
Marketing Strategist, Event Producer
Endeavour Foundation has hired Richard or ‘Champs’ for multiple charity events. Champs is charismatic, engaging and a pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in recommending Champs for any event.
Strategy and Engagement Manager
Challenge Community Services
The man has charisma in spades and is a true professional.
Richard was an Excellent speaker and done really well on the night. Everyone was very impressed and thought he was the best speaker we have had yet. He even sung us his Goodbye to Akker song, which was awesome. He definitely captivated the audience. Nice bloke all round and would recommend him to anyone for a speaker.
Richard was simply outstanding. He was very professional and entertaining whilst also delivering an important message to the audience. His delivery was well tailored to suit the audience and was well received. I would highly recommend Richard to others looking for a suitable speaker. Everyone enjoyed his 'tribute to Acker'.
William Ross State High School
"Excellent. Entertaining, inspirational and down to earth.
Allight Pty Ltd