Olympic Rower Turned Presenter & Facilitator

Drew Ginn is an Olympic Rower with three gold medals and one silver behind him and despite suffering crippling back injuries during his career. Through incredible determination and persistence, Drew underwent an intense program of rehabilitation to return to and succeed in the sport he is most passionate about, rowing. Furthermore, during his periods of recovery, he took up the challenge of completing an ironman triathlon in 2005 and attempted to cross over into cycling and competed at the Nationals Championships in 2009-10 along with claiming Oceania Time Trial in 2009.

As talented keynote speaker and facilitator, Drew works with audiences to develop leadership, goal setting, teamwork and motivation. His personal stories of building and rebuilding his sports career, insights from being part many different high performing teams, and the learnings from competing at an elite high pressure level in sport for over 16 years, are both inspirational and spellbinding for groups.

Further to this he has been involved in a number of business including a cycling business, Podium Bike Hub and rowing business, Oar-inspired and consulting businesses, Qualia Consulting and Energy Impact Group.  He is an associate at Mt Eliza Executive Education part of Melbourne Business School.

Client testimonials

We wish to highly recommend Drew Ginn and his program to any organisation that is searching for a competitive edge in the running of their business. We have utilised Drew’s services over the past 2 years to assist us in clarifying our group objectives and to ensure individual congruency within the department. Drew’s understanding of people, his knowledge of leadership and his personable manner ensure the respect of his audience. He is a natural facilitator who is able to keep people involved. He possesses an innate ability to read the mood of the group and make any necessary adjustments to the program so as to get the most out of the group. Following Drew’s work with our football department, each member walked away with individual action plans and a much clearer vision of how we can achieve our goals. We would have no hesitation in endorsing Drew Ginn and his program to any company that is searching to improve its people management systems. Essendon Football Club

Drew Ginn is one of our favourite speakers. He is eloquent and energetic, and always provides great content in addition to an inspirational message. A great Australian, I would have no hesitation recommending him as a speaker for any event. Halogen Foundation

Drew Ginn was very well received by my executive management team at a recent CommSec Leadership Offsite. He is a natural presenter, one of the best motivational speakers in the sporting arena. His triumph over physical odds to win three Olympic gold medals is truly inspiring. Drew offers practical insights into leadership, teamwork and success. He shares poignant personal stories that are applicable to the challenges and objectives we all face, day to day in our working life. I would recommend Drew Ginn to anyone looking for a way to challenge and motivate their staff to get the best out of themselves and their business. Commonwealth Bank Australia

Drew, thanks again for attending our function last night and for the fantastic presentation you gave. You not only captured the mood of the meeting and those present but made us laugh, inspired us and entertained. Absolutely first class, well done. Stellar Asia Pacific

Drew invested in understanding the issues we faced as a business and tailored his material accordingly. He did a great job relating his experiences and the analogy of the rowing team to our challenge of ‘making the boat go faster’. While seemingly young in age, Drew’s journey has clearly delivered a lifetime of achievements already. These have provided him with a large bank of insights and understanding to use in his presentation material, which he did to great effect, blending humour with serious messages. We also liked Drew’s fresh thinking and approach, which moved beyond a ‘man in a boat’ into the behavioural and humanistic aspects of teamwork and the drive to achieve. The event passed really quickly and to a person, all those attending took something from Drew’s presentation. AXA Australia

Exceptionally well, he was engaging ethusiatsic, and his story compelling. He linked his personal experiences of competing in elite level of sport with many parallels that could be drawn with business. People left the room inspired. Colorpak

Drew Ginn is an extremely polished and entertaining after-dinner speaker. He kept a large (100 guests) and diverse audience enthralled with stories of his achievements throughout his outstanding sporting career. His training methods leading up to the Olympic games were fascinating and his stories relating to his own teamwork experiences drew wonderful parallels with the workplace. Of particular note was that Drew was very generous with his time, being very happy to speak individually with members of the audience throughout the evening. One of our dinner guests commented that it was the ‘best conference dinner he had been to in 30 years’! We would certainly recommend Drew Ginn to any company seeking an engaging, confident and interesting speaker who can easily relate to any audience.

Associate Professor Brendan Flanagan

Convenor, SimTecT Health Conference

Australian Society for Simuation in Healthcare

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