Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons, Guest Speaker, Motivational Speaker & MC

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written 25 best-selling books.

He is the biographer not only of World Cup winning Wallaby captains, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, but also former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, boxer Les Darcy, aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, war heroine Nancy Wake and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade and in November 2013 released his current best-seller on Ned Kelly.

The most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, he is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

Born on a farm in Peat’s Ridge, Peter went to Knox Grammar School, before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to go to Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an Arts degree at Sydney University majoring in government and political science. In 1984 he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones, then lived in France and Italy playing rugby for the next five years whilst learning both languages as well as Spanish. Upon his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies, under Bob Dwyer, going on to play seven Tests.
In 1989 he joined The Sydney Morning Herald full-time, and has been one of their most popular columnists since. Andrew Denton has called him “Australia’s finest sports journalist.”

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07 / 17 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Ah, can’t you just feel the excitement? That wondrous buzz – coast to coast, to all ships at sea, and across the five continents – that a great sporting champion is about to make his long-awaited return to the main arena? Don’t we all just tingle with excitement, knowing [...]

07 / 09 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Let’s have a look at other times in the history of sport, when the home team, in no less than a World Cup, has gone down by a margin where their opponent has scored SEVEN times the number of points/goals/tries than they have. No, I can’t think of any [...]

06 / 26 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald I know it. You know it. In recent times the great leap forward in contact sport in Australia has been taking the issue of concussion seriously. After years of embracing the culture whereby even after being knocked out, a real man plays on, and backs up next week, just in the [...]

06 / 18 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Gawd, I wish I had written this brilliance, Oscar – in fact written by an unknown, but circulating on the net … “I just can’t get excited about a sporting event, where a government has spent millions funding it, yet people still live in squalor and deprivation. Where drugs [...]

06 / 11 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Let’s talk about Jesus and sport. No, no, no, not about how Jesus was the most legendary fullback Jerusalem ever had, nor even how, in terms of comebacks – see the Resurrection – he even outdid Lazarus. I don’t even want to focus on the ludicrously pompous tendency of [...]

06 / 05 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Well knock me over with a feather. The decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2022 was corrupt, you say? How do you know when Sepp Blatter is telling porkies and covering up FIFA atrocities? His lips are moving. So when even he says the whole thing was [...]

05 / 28 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald This is neither a preview or a review of the Origin; rather I fancy it is a re-pre-view. That is, at the time of writing, 10 hours before kick-off on State of Origin – and I am actually in Brissie, seeing as you ask – all we know is that [...]

05 / 15 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Look, if the TV stations can replay all that grainy black and white footage of Reg Gasnier at his best, may I not be indulged too? When I met him all of 18 years ago, working quietly at a Meadowbank packaging company, the most surprising thing was just how [...]

05 / 08 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald Morningside. The old man died. Ah, but this time, many cried. For you see when Dave Jackman passed away last Saturday, aged 74, he did so as a tribal elder of Sydney’s surfing community, a cherished icon, at the base of which lay something that happened over 50 years [...]

05 / 01 / 2014

By Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald So, what do you do when, as a professional black athlete, it turns out that the man who owns your team is a hideous racist who hates your race so badly he admonishes his girlfriend for even being seen with black people? He’ll profit from your skills, he’ll prance [...]

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