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Julie McDonald OAM

 Olympian, Health and Performance Coach

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.

“Just wanted to say thank you, on behalf of Lilly and myself, for giving such an awesome introduction at the “Be My Guest Leaders Forum” in Townsville last week.
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

“Some days are just magic. I got to listen again to Olympic & Commonwealth Games medalist, inspirational speaker and all round lovely person Julie McDonald Oam.

Such an honour to have heard Julie again. I learnt more again today.

Things may be hard at the time but look what results you can achieve by not giving up.

Thanks to Logan City Council Leadership Live.”



Lola, Logan City Council

“When it comes to corporate and motivational speakers there are a lot to choose from.

There are sports people and successful business people who can all talk about their lives and hopefully inspire us to achieve the best in our own.

Julie is one of the good ones. She was not only a professional swimmer who represented Australia a number of times but she was a leader within that Australian swimming team as well as a multiple medallist.

These achievements make her story interesting but it’s her ability to now use that experience and put it in the real world as a mother and business woman that make her a great orator and a relatable guest .

I thoroughly enjoy listening to Julie part her wisdom with humour and good grace and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great motivational speaker.”



Robin Bailey, 97.3FM 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

“Thank you for speaking and attending the Brisbane FutureNet event held last night (05 April).
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

“Hi John,
Just a quick message to let you know how much I enjoyed today’s breakfast, Julie was amazing.”

Gillian, Business Excellence Business Breakfast attendee

Hi Julie, I would just like to thank you for the talk you gave us last night at cadets!

It was really inspirational and made me want to work even harder for my dreams!

I was also wondering if you could please send me the group photo you got with all of us? Thankyou so much! 



Kaila, Student

“Hi julie!
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 :)))”



Mollie, Student

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Julie McDonald OAM

People changing lives, are life changing people.
~ Julie McDonald OAM