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in 2013, AFL legend Shane Crawford endeared himself to Australians, when he raised close to $1,500,000 for the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

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Shane Crawford & Raelene Boyle at Tour de Crawf

By Platinum Speakers

Once a man to be reckoned with on the footy field, lovable larrikin Shane Crawford endeared himself to Australians both inside and outside AFL circles, when, in 2013 he raised close to $1,500,000 for the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Riding from Melbourne to Perth, a distance of more than 3,600km on the 'Tour de Crawf', Shane became an inspiration across the country, demonstrating the enormous impact one individual can make. 

A child of the seventies, Shane spent his early years in Finley, New South Wales, playing junior football. He continued to play whilst at boarding school in Victoria and it was there that his talent on the footy oval was discovered. In 1991 Shane was selected by Hawthorn, making his debut on the field in 1993.

Throughout his career Shane played 305 games, was a four-time "All-Australian Player" and played in three International Rules series for Australia. 1999 saw him appointed Captain of Hawthorn and in that same year, he won the AFL's top individual honors, the Brownlow Medal and the Leigh Matthews Trophy. The accolades continued, including the "Australian Sports Medal" in 2000 for services to Australian football, four Hawthorn "Best & Fairest" Awards and a close second for another Brownlow in 2003, losing by a single vote.

In 2008, Shane won his first Premiership. It was his 305th AFL game and he was 34 years old. He decided at this point to call it a day and end his football career on a high note.

Remembered as one of the greatest midfielders in the modern era of AFL football, Shane was honored in 2012 with an induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

As it turns out, a talent for football is but one of the strings to Shane Crawford's bow. Since hanging up his footy boots, Shane has graced our television screens as a regular panel member of 'The Footy Show' and as a presenter on travel and destination programs 'Getaway' and 'Postcards'. He was also a contestant on the first season of Channel 9's 'The Apprentice' where he raised almost $50,000 for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

In September of 2010, Shane embarked on a 780km run named "That's What I'm Walking About" from Adelaide's Rundle Mall to the Channel 9 studio in Melbourne, to raise awareness for breast cancer. It took him 11 days to complete the run, where, upon arrival he was greeted by hundreds of women who had been affected by breast cancer, there to show support and appreciation for his feat. When he arrived at the Footy Show's studio, Shane appeared visibly humbled and overwhelmed by the impact of his achievements. His efforts raised $500,000 for the cause.

Exercising the same determination and charismatic talent for attracting attention as was witness on the footy field, Shane increased the stakes in 2013 by cycling 3,700km from Melbourne to Perth in another fundraising event aptly named "Tour de Crawf". Taking place over 22 days, Shane averaged nearly 170km a day, this time raising a staggering $1,320,000 for Breast Cancer Network Australia. "This was a life-changing experience. The most rewarding of my life," Shane said afterwards.

It seems there is little Shane Crawford cannot do once he puts his mind to it. From AFL football legend, to television presenter, sports commentator, Herald Sun columnist, co-author of his autobiography and a series of Children's books, to proprietor of a children's clothing line and of course, endurance challenger all in the name of fundraising for a charity close to his heart.

As a speaker, Shane's wealth of experience and achievement, coupled with the versatility of his accomplishments, renders him an exceptional presenter on any number of topics, from inspirational speakers to sporting speakers, teamwork and leadership speakers and much more. Whatever the topic, your audience is guaranteed to come away feeling enlightened, inspired and highly entertained!

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