Exemplary is not too strong a word to describe Anthony Minichiello. It applies to his skills as a footballer, his personal brand, his loyalty, his commitment and his career results. Anthony is a shining superstar in the sport of Rugby League in Australia. All of the above values are territories for his presentations that demonstrate a willingness to prepare, train and execute even in the face of great adversity.
Beginning as a young (16 year old) recruit to the Sydney Roosters in 1996, Anthony has captured awards and achievements that others dream to emulate. He remained loyal to that one club for his entire 18 year career concluding in 2014. In that year he was chosen as the ‘Face of Rugby League’ by the NRL.
Anthony won 2005 Golden Boot award as the Best Player in the World. He has played for Australia and the NSW Blues State of Origin side where he scored the match winning try in 2011 that sent Blues fans delirious with joy.
He played in 6 grand finals winning 2 premierships, In 2013, he captained The Roosters to the minor premiership and they went on to win the Telstra Premiership. That year he was also named as the NRL’s ‘Favorite Son’.
These exemplary football skills, loyalty and achievements are only surpassed by his exemplary personal values/brand and capacity to overcome adversity. In 2006, persistent back, neck and ankle injuries looked like they would halt his career. But a determination to succeed led to rebuilding of his body and life.
True grit, determination and belief saw him return to peak form that led to him continuing his journey of a brilliant and fulfilling career and ending on his own terms.
Anthony retired from Rugby League at the end of the 2014 season and is now contracted both to his beloved Roosters club and as an NRL Ambassador, where he continues to represent the sport at the highest corporate level.
Media opportunities continue to present, such is the esteem with which he is held.
Anthony talks with passion all the while peppering his presentation with anecdotes and examples from his brilliant career.
Anthony was a fantastic guest speaker and despite his success and high profile he is an extremely grounded and likeable person; a significant and positive force. He was sincere, well prepared, engaging and related everything back to our company and to our conference theme. Apart from delivering an outstanding presentation Anthony also spent time with everyone individually and got to know the team on a social level.
CEO GSA Insurance Brokers
Recently the Charles Sturt University Bathurst Sports Council held their annual Blues Ball (sporting awards night) and Anthony Minichiello was the guest speaker. Anthony was very generous with his time chatting to the students and acknowledging their successes. Anthony's speech was very relevant to the age group, outlining the importance of elite sportspeople paying attention to their diet and social habits as well as physical Wellbeing.
Charles Sturt University
On behalf of the Parents and Friend Association, I would like to thank you for your words of wisdom at our recent Father Son Dinner. You did a wonderful job and really made the night for the father and their sons. Your positive engagement with the boys ensured that the pearls of wisdom, learnt in your own life journey were listened to - not an easy task with teenagers! You communicated relevant messages - the importance of messages - the importance of family, good choice, the ability to learn from mistakes, importance of hard work and consistent work ethic, and the importance of good nutrition adequate sleep to help each person get the most out of life. As parents we might say these things too, but it was good reinforcement by you, to discuss these meaningful topics with the boys.
St Ignatius College