A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Speaker Enquiry

Trevor Gillmeister

Trevor Gillmeister


After Dinner - Celebrity Motivational - Coaching - Inspiration - Inspirational - Keynote - Keynote Speakers - Leadership - Motivation - Sport

Rugby League

Brisbane-born Trevor Gillmeister is a former rugby league player who is now currently signed on as an assistant coach at the Gold Coast Titans. Gillmeister’s career lasted 10 years, a time in which he made a name for himself with his fearless hitting and tough play. Known as “The Axe”, Gillmeister played for the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos, Penrith Panthers and the South Queensland Crushers. He also represented Queensland and Australia.

The primarily second-row player saw his most success with the Brisbane Broncos, where The Axe won the Player of the Year award and helped the Broncos to a pair of Grand Final. Gillmeister also led Brisbane to a World Club Challenge against British side Wigan in England, the first team to do so in the history of the WCC.

Gillmeister went on to play for Queensland and Australia. At 31 years of age, he was the oldest player ever to appear in a match for the national team.

In 2000, The Axe was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contributions to rugby. Gillmeister played in 245 National Rugby League games over the course of his career, 22 State of Origin games and three test matches with Australia.

Gillmeister took up coaching after his playing career, working as an assistant coach for Queensland and then moving into an assistant coaching position with the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans.

Gillmeister’s toughness, championship experience and coaching career make him an excellent choice for your next guest speaker or keynote speaker.

Player Representation

1986 to 1990 - Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club (Sydney)
1991 to 1993 - Brisbane Bronco’s Rugby League Club
1994 - Penrith Rugby League Club
1995 to 1996 - South Qld Crushers Rugby League Club
Retired 1996


  • Played 245 first grade (NRL) games
  • Played in two Grand Finals in 1992 and 1993 with the Brisbane Bronco’s, winning Premiership both years.
  • Played twenty-two (22) State of Origin games, captaining Queensland in the 1995 series.
  • Played three (3) Tests for Australia

Coaching (Current)

  • 2000 to 2002 - Coached Under 15,16 and 17’s for the North Aspley Rugby League Club (Brisbane).
  • 2002 - Defensive coaching sessions with the Qld Reds Rugby Union team.
  • 2003 & 2007 - Coach The Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup competition for QRL.
  • 2008 – Current - Currently assistant coach and runner for Gold Coast Titans

Presentation Topics Include

  • Rugby
  • Coaching


"Trevor Gillmeister was a great speaker for the annual AHA (NT) President's lunch with entertaining stories from his playing days. As a highly anticipated event each year and a predominantly male crowd from the Hospitality industry Gilly was a great choice and fitted in well with the Darwin crowd, I would highly recommend him for corporate functions."
Australian Hotels Assoc NT

“Trevor was absolutely fantastic and suited our audience perfectly. They were able to relate to his down to earth attitude and could relate to his football experiences with their work experiences. Can highly recommend him."
Brisbane City Works

Gilly was great, he really related well to the audience and spoke well.  He moved his talk about to reflect the occasion (apprentices), as well as some humorous insight to his own personal experiences.  All enjoyed it.  Gilly is a real down to earth bloke and easy to talk to, He took time to speak to people and share his stories, one on one during the evening.  Great night!!
BMA Blackwater Mine

“Trevor was a Gem; had all in attendance hanging off every word. Told some great stories and told them well.”  
Carbine Club

"Trevor Gillmeister was an excellent guest speaker, he was extremely personably and very down to earth; his interview with Warren Boland kept our customer and suppliers entertainment over lunch prior to the big race."

Related Speakers