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Dr Ric Charlesworth AM


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Performance Coach / Mentor / Leadership

At the conclusion of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Ric Charlesworth had coached the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, the Hockeyroos, for eight years and established himself as arguably Australia’s most successful sporting coach.

The Sydney Olympic Hockey final against Argentina was officially Ric Charlesworth's final match with the Hockeyroos. His reign ended having coached them in 253 internationals with a record of 198 wins, 25 draws and 30 losses. This record includes the World Cup in 1994 and 1998 and Gold Medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

As a coach Ric Charlesworth created the World domination Hockeyroos through meticulous planning and total dedication. 

Ric's philosophy is "Enjoy playing and training and you'll get your reward".

For the past couple of years he has been a mentor coach to five national team coaches with the Australian Institute of Sports and a High Performance Consultant with the Fremantle Dockers Football Club for the past two years. He is a doctor of medicine and a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the State Hockey Team and State Cricket Team. He was also a Federal member of parliament for 10 years. He retired from this position to take up coaching the Australian Women’s Hockey Team from 1993 until Sydney 2000.

Ric Charlesworth played 227 times for Australia between 1972 and 1988. He was selected for 5 Olympics (1980 Moscow boycott) and 4 World Cups. He won an Olympic silver medal in 1976 and World Cup gold in 1986. In the 1986 World Cup he was player of the World Cup tournament and also leading goal scorer. Between 1972 and 1980 he played 1st Class cricket for Western Australia, Captaining the team in 1979. 

Sportsman of the Year Awards

He has won Western Australian Sportsman of the Year 1976, 1979 and 1987, West Australian sports Champions of the Year Awards – Coach of the Year 1994 – 2000, Australian Coaching Council Team Coach of the Year 1994, 1996 – 2000, Confederation of Australian Sport Coach of the Year 1996, 1997 and 2000. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 1987, won Western Australia Citizen of the Year Award 2001 and inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 2001, Richard wrote a book called “The Coach – Managing for Success". This book offers fascinating ideas about coaching philosophies that can be applied outside the sporting arena to achieve success. The book has been reprinted three times.

His latest book Staying at the Top was released in August 2004. In this book Richard talks about his five principles for being the best and how to stay there.

In 2005 Ric was appointed as performance coach of the New Zealand Cricket team.

Ric speaks extensively all over Australia and is considered to be amongst the very best of Australia’s Elite Coaches who speak.

Presentations Include:

 The Leaderful Team 

Richard’s reputation as a team builder is substantial. His revolutionary approach to leadership and captaincy with the Hockeyroos was part of the winning formula for their success. Charlesworth developed a “leaderful" team that aimed at maximising the contribution of every team member in a way never before attempted in sport.

Topics Include:

•  What brings a team down
•  How do you recognise the signs
•  Planning your leadership succession and team development
•  Why we should be aware of aspiring captains
•  How to avoid social loafing
•  Developing the self-supporting team.

Inside a Team – Working together to hold it together

It is difficult to be world champions but maintaining world champion performance is an even more difficult task. Hockeyroos coach Ric Charlesworth draws on his wide experiences to outline how the Hockeyroos climbed the mountain and stayed there. The parallels with business and management are clear. Learn and be entertained. 

Topics Include:

• Working together
• The challenge of continuous improvement
• Some interesting ideas on leadership
• Preparing and training athletes
• A strategy to be a chronic achiever

To Be The Best
Ric Charlesworth talks about what coaches do and his experiences as an elite athlete and coach. He believes that all of us need coaching in our everyday life and he describes a range of roles that coaches fulfil in sport that are applicable to business and life..

Topics Include:

• Teamwork
• Quality in people and practice
• Learning and training
• Building resilience, depth and flexibility

Staying on Top
In sport as in business it is difficult to be the best. It is harder to stay there once you have become the best. Ric Charlesworth who coached a team that was ranked number one for eight consecutive years until he retired talks about staying on top.

“Staying on Top" provides a unique insight into the methods and practices of a great team and its coach. Ric aims to give his formula for establishing a winning culture but more importantly he then outlines how to “stay there". The pitfalls of success must be identified and avoided and the practices that ensure quality can always be improved, refreshed, redefined and maintained. The aim is to develop a continuous learning culture in which change and improvement are the background beat to which your organisation swings. 

Topics Include:

• Leadership is for everyone
• Teamwork – how to avoid group disintegration
• Long term planning - Redefine challenges and avoid recycling
• Facing your foes to stay ahead of your foes


“Your presentation on the work that needs to be done to develop supervisors into leaders was excellent. The “team" message was well made and all the more practical and realistic as a result of your ability to draw on your own experience in the sporting world." 
Minerals Council of Australia 

“There are few certainties in life and success in our chosen field is not one of them. Richard Charlesworth knows how to turn the ‘art of the possible’ into the ‘art of the probable’ and dramatically increase the chances of getting to the top." 
British Airways

“The day was definitely one of the most memorable launches that we have had and your part was certainly instrumental to the success of the event. The insight you provided into your playing and coaching career and the links that you made from these experiences to our competition were particularly valuable." 
Australian Cricket Board 

“Excellent. Outstanding, many lessons for managers trying to improve their teams performance." 

“Your speech here a year ago offered us some insight into the dedication and discipline required to achieve goals. In Sydney, and in all that led up to it, that’s a talk you well and truly walked." 
University of Melbourne

“I recall your words to Westpac’s senior management team, and I quoted you often in impressing upon bank staff what was required in running a winning effort" 
Stanford Graduate School of Business – Stanford, California

“You certainly are in inspiration. It was inspiring to have you with us and hear what you say. You could feel the difference the following week throughout the Company – the move to greater unity and getting on with the job." 
Executive Chairman - Zip Industries

“..such an interesting motivational speaker. Those present appreciated your anecdotes and understood the comparisons you drew between the business and sporting worlds. I am sure that we can all learn from your meanings behind the ‘Tragedy’ mnemonic." 
WA President - BHP Iron Ore

“Thank you for an outstanding presentation. To address us for nearly 1 ½ hours and to be able to hear a pin drop during the entire presentation, not only illustrates a remarkable presentation style but content of enormous interest which translate well to retail manager settings and achieving their business goals…I appreciate the time and effort you put in to deliver another Gold Medal performance." 
Chief Operating Officer - Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

“Ric’s presentation was relaxed, interesting and appealed to most of the people at our dinner function." 
Dept of Consumer & Employment Protection

“Ric hit the mark perfectly for a senior executive group. His presentation which focused on high performance teams was informative andinstructive with a the right balance of humor. His approach to achieving high performance on the sporting field translates so well to team environments in the corporate world. He is one of a relatively few in the sporting arena we believe effectively bridges this divide." 

“Ric was a very engaging speaker he worked with the program and developed much of his speech around the companies values. Very helpful when trying to Keep continuity throughout the conference." 
MSF Event Management

“Majority of recipients found him concise, relevant and inspiring sprinkled with a touch of humor." 
Mark Hay Realty

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