Peter FitzSimons AM

Peter FitzSimons AM

Peter FitzSimons is a former Australian Rugby player and modern day media personality. He is also one of sport’s, and Australia’s great wits and social commentators. Armed with strong opinions, he is often challenging but always well researched and incredibly articulate. Peter is a lively and humorous speaker, an outstanding raconteur, and first class Master of Ceremonies.

Rugby Union Legend, Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia's most prominent and successful media and publishing identities. Peter is a very lively and humorous speaker, an outstanding raconteur, and first class Master of Ceremonies.

Key Points

  • Peter moves, motivates and entertains audiences, drawing on his colourful background and over 2000 professional after dinner and motivational presentations.
  • A respected columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, also a television presenter on the 7 Network’s Sunday Night program.
  • Played Rugby for Australia.
  • The best-selling non-fiction writer in Australia over the last decade.
  • Interviewed famous people around the globe from President George Bush, Bill Gates and Matt Damon to Mother Theresa and Diego Maradona.
  • In 2011, Peter became an officer of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to literature, sports journalism, charity and conservation. He is on the Council of the Australian War Memorial, a director of the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University and the founder of the Cauliflower Club, devoted to raising money from the rugby community for spinal research.
  • Peter is the most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia and can talk on an extraordinary range of subjects.


Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, television presenter on Fox Sports, 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 eighteen 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, war heroine Nancy Wake and magazine Queen, Nene King. In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda.

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."

Peter boasts an impressive list of interview credits including ex-president George Bush, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jodie Foster, Nicki Lauda, Joe Montana and Carl Lewis as well as all the major Australian sporting figures from Shane Gould to Lionel Rose and Allan Border. He has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam through to Julia Gillard. 


Peter is a very lively and humorous speaker, in fact an excellent raconteur. He is at his strongest when warming to the theme of Australia, its history, its people, its stories!
Peter can move, motivate and entertain his audience, drawing on his colourful background, experiences and over 500 professional after dinner and motivational presentations.

Presentation Topics
  • Sport
  • Rugby Union
  • World of media and how to get the most out of it
  • Television

Peter delivered an outstanding presentation that rounded our conference off perfectly.
John Collyns

Brilliant. Just brilliant. The combination of humour, deep thinking, clear intellect, detailed knowledge of history and sport and powerful delivery made a fantastic finish to our conference.  
New Zealand Food and Grocery Council

Peter is engaging, insightful and funny. He is an ambassador of our national identity, history and the art of storytelling. This was a brilliant event. One couple flew to the Central Coast from Queensland to attend, and the feedback from the community has been consistently 5 stars. I think Peter is going to have to return to the Coast again in the future!
Wyong Shire Council

Excellent. Peter FitzSimons was outstanding, he added a lot of humour and lightened the mood of the night which was ideal.  He was professional in his delivery.  Many guests commented on just how good he was.  I would not hesitate in recommending Peter to other organisations.
Lachlan Catchment Management Authority

Went over very well, great delivery, very funny and the audience responded well.
CRT/Town & Country/Grow Force

This is the first time that we have used a professional MC and we were extremely pleased with the result.  Peter added humour at the right times to lift the event.

Excellent.  Peter was very well received by the audience, who found him to be both informative and entertaining.

Excellent.  Very enjoyable evening was had with Peter.  Very professional.
Australian Institute of Project Management

Excellent.  Would liven up any function. A true Aussie larrikin with intelligence to match the personality.

Excellent.  Very entertaining - Great rapport with group and was able to link his experiences with the objectives of our Planning Session. Encouraged interaction during his address - Thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Energy Australia

Excellent.  Great speaker, picked up on our company's value quickly and accurately.
ACCO Australia

Excellent.  Very engaging. Entertaining. Made the audience feel special, treated them like a friend who Peter had known for a long time.
Tower Australia Limited

Excellent - Peter FitzSimons was great. He finished a success client golf day, with some interesting and very funny stories. We were all extremely happy that he was our guest speaker on the night.
Aon Risk Services

Peter and Lisa were a truly great pairing for the Legends MC / commentary role, and worked off each other brilliantly. They had also clearly put a lot of work into the research, and delivered on all the messaging points we briefed them on, and more. Lisa also showed more of the same as the 'media personality' compering our fashion show later in the week on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
Momentum Worldwide

I really can’t express enough that having Peter FitzSimons as the MC was the element that most contributed to the event’s success. We could not have had a more suited MC for our event. We would have no hesitation in recommending Peter.
LOUD Events

Peter FitzSimons, well what can I say he almost stole the limelight...luckily the champagnes could compete with him. He was brilliant, funny, engaging, easy to work with, a true professional!
Prideaux Entertainment Solutions

We find Peter to be an excellent speaker who knows how to perfectly combine his sporting and political achievements in a very engaging and interesting manor.

His professionalism also extends to other facets of event, which further ensures it will always be a success- he arrives on time, is easy to deal with, tailors his presentations to the audience and will happily join tables and mingle with guests/clients. We will definitely be using Peter again.
Davies Collison Cave

One of the best presentations that we have had.
Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association

Excellent, Peter assessed the crowd well and spoke about a variety of topics which ensured all attendees enjoyed the presentation.  The attendees also appreciated having the opportunity to chat informally to him during the dinner and the feedback has been very positive all round.

‘Excellent presenter.   Fast paced, funny, thoroughly entertaining.’     
John James Memorial Foundation

‘Peter was both entertaining and motivating. He listened to our message, took our theme and very successfully wrapped that into his talk. We have had only positive comments about Peter, his enthusiasm and drive to make our event so successful.’

Peter was fantastic and he received an excellent response from our audience. He is the consummate professional and one of Australia's best storytellers and captured the attention of the guests.
Blake Dawson.

“Peter is a highly entertaining presenter. He assessed the audience very quickly and pitched his presentation perfectly. His stories came from across his broad and varied life; sport, writing and radio.”
CFC Group

”Peter was very engaging from the start, very relaxed about the event, which made working with him very easy. It was a nice touch to bring the books which were given away through answering trivia questions. The relaxed style Peter adopted for the luncheon suited the day and our guests and his stories were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Peter was the ideal speaker and our guests were very impressed.”
 Australian Liquor Marketers

“Excellent Peter was very professional in his approach toward our function. He acted as requested by mingling with the guests during pre dinner drinks and was approachable for face to face talks and book signings.
Peters address as a key note speaker was entertaining, thought provoking and delivered in a manner of ease which related to our guests. The night was a great success.”
Port Macquarie Golf Club Ltd

 "Peter is an entertaining speaker who can cover a large range of topics with ease and keeps the audience’s attention and creates an interactive environment."
Underwriting Agencies Council 

Peter is engaging, insightful and funny. He is an ambassador of our national identity, history and the art of storytelling. This was a brilliant event. One couple flew to the Central Coast from Queensland to attend, and the feedback from the community has been consistently 5 stars. I think Peter is going to have to return to the Coast again in the future!
Wyong Shire Council

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