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Ric Charlesworth

Ric Charlesworth

Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest ever sporting coach with incredible success in both the Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams, Ric Charlesworth draws from his wealth of knowledge to deliver engaging and memorable keynotes.

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Ric Charlesworth's Biography

Ric is a doctor of medicine, a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the State Hockey Team and the State Cricket Team. He was also in Federal parliament for 10 years then he retired to take up the position of National Coach of the Australian Women's Hockey Team from 1993 until Sydney 2000.   Ric has worked as a high performance consultant to the Freo Dockers and as a mentor coach to 5 Australian Institute of Sport coaches.  

He moved to New Zealand in October 2005 to work as a High Performance Manager for New Zealand Cricket.  

Late 2007 to 2008 he worked as a Technical Advisor to Indian Hockey. 2008 appointed coach of the Australian's National Mens Hockey team, the Kookaburras. Retired from full time coaching the Kookaburras in 2014 after winning the World Cup, Ric now works as a High Performance Consultant.  

Ric is a warm, engaging, humorous, enthusiastic and optimistic speaker. He is a chronic achiever. He walks the talk!. He excels. He always has. Whether leading the world in hockey, captaining Western Australia in cricket, cramming in a medical degree or winning a seat in federal parliament, Ric has been excellent as a rule and frequently brilliant. His natural gifts and a fierce appetite for victory have guaranteed his success.                 

With an entertaining and informative approach Ric draws from a wealth of sporting, political and medical experience to provide insight, advice and anecdotes to all facets of human endeavor.

A bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Honorary
Doctorate of Science and a Bachelor of Arts - majoring in Philosophy and History All from the University of Western Australia
A member of federal parliament for 10 years from 1983
Coaching credentials include: Australian Coaching Council Level 111 Certificate 1993; 
FIH Master Coach 2000; Presenter elite coaching courses for FIH Kuala Lumpur and Perth 2002, Amsterdam 2003 and Madrid 2004
High Performance Manager New Zealand Cricket 2005-2007 and Technical Advisor Indian Hockey 2007-2008.  

Hockey 1971-1988 13 tomes National Champions, Captain 1974-76, 1981-84
1972-1988  227 matches (more than 130 as Captain 1977-1984) scored 90 goals for Australia
World Cups won 2 Bronze 1978, 1982, 1 gold 1986, player of the tournament and leading goal scorer
Selected for 5 Olympics and won Silver medal in 1976
Champions Trophy 1980 – 88 (Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist at each tournament)
Selected in various ‘World Teams’ between 1976 and 1986
Cricket  First Class player for Western Australia from 1972-1980, more than 2000 runs and approximately 50 games. 
He was 3 times Sheffield Shield winner and Team Captain 1979  

Coaching Record
1976 -79 Cricketers Hockey Club Premier League (3 times premiers in 4 years)
1975 Western Australia Senior State Team (Playing Coach) National Champions and Western Australia U/21 Team 1977 – 3rd and 1978 – 2nd place.  Australian Women’s Hockey Team Hockeyroos ranked number one in the world for 8 years consecutively
World Cup Women’s  1994 Dublin Gold, 1998 Utrecht – Gold
Men’s 2010 New Delhi – Gold
Champion Trophy Women’s 1993 Amsterdam – Gold, 1995 Mar Del Plata – Gold, 1997 Berlin – Gold, 1999 Brisbane – Gold and 2000 Amsterdam – Bronze Men’s 2009 Melbourne – Gold, 2010 Monchengladbach – Gold, 2011 Auckland - Gold
Commonwealth Games 1998 Kuala Lumpur – Gold, Men’s 2010 New Delhi – Gold
Olympic Games Women’s 1996 Atlanta – Gold, 2000 Sydney – Gold
Only coach in men’s and women’s hockey to have coached a team to consecutive
Gold medals at the Olympic Games in the modern era
Only coach in women’s hockey to have coached a team to consecutive Gold medals at the World Cup
Only Coach to have played and coached a team to Gold medal at the World Cup
Champion Trophy 2012 Melbourne Gold
World Cup 2014, The Hague Gold
Olympics 2012 Bronze  

WA Sportsman of the Year Award 1976, 1979, 1987
Order of Australia 1987 for services to the sport of hockey
Australian Coaching Council – ‘Team Coach of the Year’ 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1987, Inducted into Hall of Champions (WAIS) 1995
WA Sport’s Champions of the Year of the Year Awards – ‘WA Coach of the Year’ 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2014
Confederation of Australian Sport – ‘Coach of the Year’ 1996, 1997 and 2000
Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2001 for services to hockey
2005 selected as WA’s greatest ever hockey player and WA’s greatest coach from coaches in a wide variety of sports
2008 inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame
AIS Coach of the Year 2010
2011 WA finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards
WAIS sport legend 2013
Life Member Hockey WA 2014
Federation International Hockey (FIH) Inaugural Coach of the Year 2014   

Charlesworth, R and Hatt, D – The Young Hockey Player, 1980
Charlesworth, R. The Coach – Managing for Success, 2001
Charlesworth, R. Staying at the Top, 2002
Charlesworth, R. Shakespeare the Coach, 2004;
and Author of numerous articles for sporting magazines and newspapers