Glenn Mitchell

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Former ABC TV/radio leading sports broadcaster/ author/ speaker/ Master of ceremonies/ facilitator.

For more than two decades from early 1990 to 2011, Glenn Mitchell lived a life that many envied. As a sports commentator for the ABC, and married to fellow broadcaster, Karen Tighe, he travelled the world covering elite level sport.

During his tenure with the national broadcaster he commentated on four Olympic and four Commonwealth Games and called over 190 international cricket matches, covering 12 overseas tours. Back home, he commentated more than 900 AFL and WAFL games, was the host of the iconic SATURDAY SPORTSTALK, and commentated on myriad sports.

But all through this period, Glenn was a sufferer of mental illness. In late 2006 he finally realised he needed medical help for his condition.  Thus started a long and complex journey of self-analysis and various medications as he endeavoured to overcome his illness.  Despite having made progress a confluence of events in early 2011 saw him descend into a highly depressive mental state that resulted in him inexplicably resigning his position at the ABC and making an attempt on his own life.  It was the blackest of periods in the life of a man who appeared to have everything to live for.

With the support of his wife, family, friends and doctors, he was able to fight back from the brink of despair. While he forfeited his dream job, what he gained by way of his rehabilitation was far more important.  After overcoming his personal demons and reshaping his life, Glenn now aims to try and prevent others from enduring the torturous path he did by candidly speaking about his own journey.

It is a story laced with poignancy, humour and, above all, hope for those who suffer the anguish of mental illness or know people who do.  Glenn’s goal is to encourage everyone who is or has been touched by the scourge of mental illness that help is at hand.  His story is truly inspirational and often elicits standing ovations from audiences.

Speech topics

What We Can All Learn from Sport – encompasses teamwork, attitude, motivation and examples of elite performance that we can take from sport and apply to everyday life.

The Best Seat in the House – this centers on Glenn’s life as a sports broadcaster and includes many behind-the-scenes anecdotes from various Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and overseas and national cricket tours he has covered.

Australia – A Great Sporting Nation – highlights how as a small nation we have become a world beater and example of best practice in the area of sport. It encompasses first hand examples that Glenn has witnessed at major international sporting events.

Coping with Success & Failure – examples of how athletes have dealt with success and failure and how it can motivate us all.

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Accolades from previous speaking engagements

  • “Many thanks for the fantastic job you did as MC for our Jumper Presentation Evening. The success of the night can be largely attributed to the insightful and informative style of your presentation, and we thank you for making our event a night to remember for all involved.”

    Scott Ballem – W.A. Football Development Trust.

  • “Excellent presentation which provided our audience with an entertaining and informative insight into the world of elite sport. We’ve had much positive comment and feedback from our members and guests.”

    CPA Australia State Congress

  • “Glenn had our audience captivated. His presentation ‘What We Can All Learn from Sport’ was excellent.”

    Stacey Martin – Ausnet Real Estate Services Conference

  • “Excellent speaker. Glenn was exactly what we wanted and participated really well.”

    Clare Thompson. IWIRC Network (W.A.Branch)

  • “Glenn was the perfect guest speaker for our Sports Star of the Year Awards. His speech was engaging and most appropriate for the intergenerational audience in attendance. Overall excellent presentation.”

    Chris Thompson. Manager Great Southern, Department of Sport & Recreation. Albany

  • “We appreciated Glenn’s professional approach as MC for our Emerging Leaders Program Launch, and his prior preparation. We were very pleased with the outcome of the launch. Excellent MC”.

    Kim Ellwood. Department of Sport & Recreation

  • “Glenn’s presentation was great using his experience and knowledge of sport mixed with humour. Importantly he was able to engage the whole audience from all parts of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Rating: Excellent”

    Lisa Lynch. Capricorn Society Limited

  • “Glenn is a thoroughly entertaining speaker who can highlight the serious side of sport whilst simultaneously having the audience in stitches. A most enjoyable speaker who can clearly tailor a speech to suit a variety of audiences. Excellent presentation.”

    Ben Williams. Ravensdown Agents Conference