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Bill Nelson


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International Sporting Coach

Bill Nelson is an elite international sporting coach who has turned his knowledge of developing peak team and individual performance into a world-class corporate consultancy, Total Performance Concepts Pty Ltd.
Bill’s wisdom on the science of motivation, performance coaching and team building has been utilised by business organisations, defence forces, educational institutions, local government, and numerous elite sporting programs and individuals throughout the world.

About Bill Nelson

His business draws on his expertise and time as a multi-award winning swim coach who has worked with the sport’s foremost performers in such academies as the world-acclaimed Australian Institute of Sport.
The success of his athletes took Bill to the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympics, and elevated him to Vice-Presidency of the World Swim Coaches Association.
During a distinguished career Bill has personally coached Daniel Kowalski, Mathew Dunn, Scott Miller, Michael Klim, Nicole Livingstone, Linley Frame and Duncan Armstrong. He was the national event coach for distance swimming for the Australian swimming team, a program that contained swimmers such as Ian Thorpe, Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett.

Peak Performance

His ability to isolate the building blocks of peak performance was recognised by other sporting entities. From 1992-94, Bill served as an advisor to the Australian Road Cycling Team and, during the mid-90s to 2001, consulted to the premiership-winning SE Melbourne Magic and the Victoria Titans National Basketball League teams.
He has provided team-building and performance-enhancement services to Australian Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union clubs and teams.
Bill was also a member of the coaching and management team which steered the Sydney Kings basketball team to the National Basketball League (NBL) crown in the 2003, 2004, 2005 seasons, as well as Grand Final appearances in seasons 2006 and 2008. He was also a consultant to Basketball Australia and the men’s National team in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In season 2008-09 Bill continued his work in the NBL by working with Coach Brian Goorjian and the Victorian based South Dragons as they worked there way from finishing last in the NBL in 2007/08 to the National Champions in season 08/09. This has been Bill’s 14th season working with Coach Goorjian.


In his capacity as a performance strategist to international board sports company Billabong, Bill operates as a mentor to many of the leading professional surfers and skateboard riders on both the national and international men's and women’s tours.
Bill is also a consultant to the National Rugby League (NRL) Referees and Match Officials.

Stemming from the diversity of experience and success Bill continues to motivate, captivate and enthral his audience as he delivers his insights and strategies into the world of high achievement.

Bill takes the complex, intricate and sometimes confusing aspects of success and translates them into effective, understandable, high impact, practical solutions and direction. In his presentations Bill talks about the keys to individual and team success, organisational culture and the art associated with effective leadership.

Presentation Topics Include:

  • An insight into elite achievement
  • Success won’t come to me unless I go to it
  • Success is a journey not a destination
  • Lessons I’ve learnt from some of the world’s greatest achievers


“Bill entranced our audience with stories of his coaching experiences whilst conveying the spirit and passion associated with such a prestigious event as the Olympics. This along with his relaxed style and enthusiasm ensured that all present had an informative and highly enjoyable evening. It is with pleasure that we recommend Bill Nelson to any organisation looking for a highly professional speaker”.
Lend Lease

“Light-hearted and entertaining, Bill captivated all who attended our breakfast through his down-to-earth delivery of his successful experiences. It was a great start to the day!”
Life Education

“Bill’s approach was refreshingly down to earth and his words clearly captured the imagination of the individuals present. He was very obliging and flexible in his approach to our needs, which allowed much to be imparted through his range of experiences. Many of these lessons, transcended our business requirements into real life advice.”

“Thank you most sincerely for your inspiring contribution to our management conference. Your motivational address on teamwork was both engaging and challenging. I particularly liked your ability to demonstrate the tangible ways in which we could all maximise our individual effectiveness through teamwork. Your contribution made our conference a resounding success.”
Computershare Registry Services

“Bill’s presentation was one of the highlights of our conference. Delivering a valuable and pertinent message in a humorous, candid and enjoyable manner. A wonderful insight into the value of teamwork, belief and striving to achieve!”
Lend Lease

“Very engaging. Content, delivery, style perfect.”
Porter Davis Homes

“Excellent. Bill Nelson was able to draw from his sporting experiences to provide examples and actions that we as a corporation could use to achieve our business plans and objectives. Kept a room of 100 people captivated for an hour!”
Proctor & Gamble

“Bill Nelson was very good. He had a lot of sporting anecdotes that related well to the theme of our conference. He had a tough session - the last one of the day - but kept everyone listening with his great stories which had a message for all of us.”
AMP Corporate Super

“Excellent. Bill really hit the mark with his presentation. We asked Bill to speak about partnerships and how reliant we are on each other for success. He was able to draw on his vast experience from the elite sporting world and apply his learning’s to the business world. The feedback from 100 sales people was extremely positive and he was able to keep them focussed for nearly 1 hour. His presentation was inspiring and motivational - exactly what we were looking for.”

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