Trevor – Travconsult June 2017

“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.”


Lola – Logan City Council

“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.”


Robin Bailey – B105 Brisbane

“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.”


John P.A. Hurd JP AIMM – Principal and Event Coordinator

Business Excellence Marketing and Events

August 2016


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.”


Nicholas Matthews – Brisbane City Council

“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.”


Tracey Wallace – President – Gold Coast Branch of the School Business Managers Association of Qld

“An entertaining and engaging presentation that Julie opened up a glimpse her life, and of the trials and tribulations she encountered as a competitive swimmer”

Julie came highly recommended to me by a close mutual friend and her well-known achievements spoke for themselves. I found Julie easily contactable, accommodating and very friendly. Her presentation was entertaining and engaging, which was reflected by her many years’ experience as a spokeswoman in the public eye for professional, competitive swimming.  Julie showed ease and casualness in her approach and was welcomingly received by attendees.  Julie’s open friendliness encouraged attendees to personally approach her for photos which she happily obliged and also participated in activities with delegates after her presentation.

Julie has also grabbed the attention and interest of many secondary school Business Managers present with her recent project that she is in currently the initial stages of developing. Julie’s vision of a program to deliver motivational and supportive, constructive advice to Year 11 girls to assist with their self-esteem, career pathways and goal setting.  She is enlisting and drawing in people of all walks of life including public and sporting celebrities.  The feedback was very encouraging and contacts were made for when this project comes into fruition.

On behalf of the Gold Coast SBMAQ branch, I highly recommend Julie McDonald as a speaker at any level of corporate or public events.”


Jenny Kanter and Kevin Grise – The Hypnotist

“Julie, I remember watching you when you swam and you are doing a wonderful job as master of ceremonies.
You are funny and you should be doing this more!!.

We’d love to work with you again.

Good luck Julie.”


Gillian – Business Excellence Business Breakfast attendee

“Hi John

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


Kaila  – Student

September 2016

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 (the swimmer)


Mollie – 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 :)))”



Early Thoughts Syndicate

Dear Julie

Just wanted to drop you a personal note to thank you for joining us at the Early Thoughts lunch today.
These are such special gatherings and it was wonderful to welcome you into the fold.
You could hear a pin drop when you spoke as everyone was just so captivated and engaged which is very hard to do with that lot.
Your personal journey is such a testament to you as a person.
I look forward to keeping in touch particularly around other opportunities as discussed.
If I can ever be of assistance, I certainly will.
Kind regards
Cory and Alex