Julie McDonald OAM
Julie McDonald is one of Australia’s most celebrated Swimmers. She’s competed in 2 Commonwealth Games and 2 Olympics. Julie held the Commonwealth Record for the 800m freestyle for 21 years, the longest standing record for any Australian.
Since retiring from the pool Julie has continued to do outstanding work with Drug Education for the Australian Olympic Committee and Fundraising for charity, for which she received an OAM in 2006 for her hard work.
A passionate health champion, Julie continues to strive for ultimate health after being diagnosed with chlorine poisoning in 1996 and then a stage 2 melanoma in 1997.
An inspirational speaker, Julie can have the crowd laughing one moment and crying the next as she takes them on the road with her through her career.
As an MC, Julie brings a dynamic presence to any event and creates a great connection with the audience with her vivacious personality, yet having very professional skills.
It was awesome to meet you and inspiring to say the least. For us personally, anyone who competes at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level, the achievement is a true pinnacle in life.It was also great that you could participate throughout the Forum which we hope you enjoyed as well.If you are available, that would be wonderful and it would be great to work with you again; please let us and Liz know when you can.Thank you once again Julie and we do hope we will be seeing you again soon.”
Trevor, Tranconsult June 2017
Lola, Logan City Council
Robin Bailey, B105 Brisbane
Julie McDonald OAM was keynote speaker for the Business Excellence business breakfast in August 2016.Her topic was “Challenge yourself in business & life and succeed in both.”
Her wide business experience and Olympic and Commonwealth swimming successes demonstrated her knowledge and skills to present her methods to achieve in business and in everyday life with its many challenges.
The audience of Gold Coast and Tweed District business people are a diverse group involving professional people and others from various service industries who would be well aware of today’s pressures and stress factors.
Julie engaged her audience from the outset and conducted not only a brilliant talk but involved the audience in an interactive capacity.
Many favorable comments were made to me after the business breakfast on her presentation.
I would recommend Julie to any business group or audience as a most engaging and knowledgeable presenter and I would be happy to add further to this testimonial at any time.”
John P.A. Hurd JP AIMM, Principal and Event Coordinator, Business Excellence Marketing and Events
Myself and the extended team all agreed that your speech and presentation was fantastic and very relevant to the night!
We had plenty of positive feedback on the night about your speech and the very informative presentation! It was great to hear your stories of your achievements – very inspiring.”
Nicholas Matthews, Brisbane City Council
Just a quick message to let you know how much I enjoyed today’s breakfast, Julie was amazing.”
Gillian, Business Excellence Business Breakfast attendee
I’m Mollie and you came to my cadet unit to speak last night and i just wanted to say thank you for the amazing speech you gave. it really inspired me to follow my dreams so thank you so so much for coming in and taking the time to inspire us all and let us all set goals for the future
Keep doing what your doing :)))”