He was elected to the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, and proudly holds a Best Player in the World Award. Wally Lewis is considered by many to be one of the most brilliant captains and players the Rugby League fraternity has ever seen. He has a reputation as an inspirational leader who knows all about teamwork and motivation, and today shares his inspiration with audiences leaving them spellbound. Wally remains high profile through his television sports news and commentary roles.
Wally Lewis is generally considered one of the greatest Rugby League players of all time. Nicknamed The King, he represented Queensland in 31 games from 1980 to 1991 and was captain from 1981 to 1991. He was named Man of the match in 8 State of Origin games. He also represented Australia on more than 60 occasions, including 33 test matches from 1981 to 1991 and was national team captain from 1984 to 1989. A statue was raised in his honor at the Brisbane Suncorp Stadium.
On his retirement from professional football, Wally works as a commentator and sport presenter for Channel Nine and is frequently requested as a professional guest speaker for a range of corporate clients. In 2009/10 Wally wrote a book Out of the Shadows which is Wally’s startlingly candid account of his battle with epilepsy during and since his retirement from rugby league — from the darkest days of depression and debilitating seizures to his hard-fought recovery and triumphant return to the nation’s TV screens. Wally is also the ambassador for QLD epilepsy and is dedicated to helping raise awareness for Epilepsy.
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“As our MC for the evening. Wally was professional and polished. His linking and stories were humorous and he had a unique style of incorporating what was said by others in way of speeches into his routine.”
Queensland Master Contractor’s Association
“Excellent. Wally was very professional and extreamely talented. He added a new and popular dimension to our trade show stand and we look forward to working with him again.”
“Excellent. Wally was extremely personable in the lead up to the function and was the ultimate professional during his performance.”
St John Bosco Youth Centre Junior Rugby League Football Club