Andrew Gaze is regarded as the greatest basketballer Australia has ever produced. He has played in a record five Olympic Games, and is the highest point scorer in Olympic history. He was a flag bearer at the Sydney Olympics. Off the court, Andrew is an enthusiastic, energetic and colourful individual with a wonderful sense of humour. He has a relaxed manner and infectious personality which instantly draws people of all ages to him. He is very much in demand as an after dinner speaker in the corporate sector. On the court, Andrew is the most decorated basketball player in the country. His huge ability has made him one of Australia’s most recognisable and popular sporting identities. Andrew Gaze has an extraordinary rapport with people that makes him a natural at inspiring and entertaining.
Basketball superstar Andrew Gaze has been making a name for himself in the world of sports since the mid-80s, and now works as a commentator and public speaker. He is professional, witty, and known for spending just as much time mingling with guests as he does on the podium. Proud of his country as well as his career, his life stories and insights into the world of professional sports and public policies are a fantastic addition to events.
Considered one of Australia’s best known and most successful basketball players, Gaze has played in the Olympics four times, starting in 1984 and then again in 1988, 1992, and 2000. In his last stint in the Olympics, he acted as Team Captain for the Australian Team during the Sydney games, and was honoured as a Flag Bearer. All of these games combined have allowed Gaze to hold the Australian record for most Olympic Games by a basketball player, and earned him an AM in 2002.
Outside of the Olympics, he led the Melbourne Tigers to victory in the 1993 and 1997 Championships, and he made his NBA debut in 1994 with the Washington Bullets. Later in 1999 after being traded to the San Antonio Spurs, Gaze won the Championship along with his team. Since that time, he has won the NBL scoring title 10 times and has been awarded Most Valuable player by the same organization seven times. During his NBL career, Gaze played 612 games, in which he scored a total of 18,908 points, for an average of over 30 points per game.
"Andrew was outstanding and had everyone captivated from the start of his presentation. He was able to help us achieve the message we wanted to get across to our workers from his personal experiences which were both entertaining and humorous. Everyone found Andrew a down to earth and genuine person who they could relate to. Our employees went away from the session both inspired and motivated. We would not hesitate to have Andrew back for future training sessions".
Greg Evangelakos, McDonnell Dowell
"Our experience of working with Andrew was a breeze. He graciously accepted our very last minute invitation to join our National Conference in Hong Kong as our closing keynote speaker with only a few weeks’ notice. He was happy to work to a loose brief and demonstrated a clear grasp of what we hoped he would share with our delegates. Andrew’s mix of motivation and humour had our audience captivated, along with insights into what it takes to achieve greatness. We are sure that Andrew will be one of our keynote speakers our delegates will talk about for years to come – and will look to create an atmosphere of greatness in their own businesses, thanks to Andrew"
“Excellent. The audience responded very positively to Andrew. He was a great hit and I would have no hesitation in using him again.”
Hewlett Packard Australia
“Andrew was professional, presented a witty and relevant speech which he related back to our industry.”
“Andrew was great and just what we needed.”
“Excellent. Andrew was extremely personable nothing was a problem he arrived early spoke to many of our guests and entertained everyone in the room with his brilliant stories."
“Excellent. Mr Gaze tailored his speech to meet the audience with entertaining anecdotes and endless laughs. His assistance with the presentation of awards and the evenings program was much appreciated.”
Australia Defence Force Academy
“Excellent. Very entertaining, passionate and humorous. Very well received by all present.”
“Excellent. Andrew was an excellent speaker with numerous anecdotes not only on the Olympics but also on life. He is a very proud Australian, which comes through during his presentation. Andrew pays enormous credit to his parents for his achievements and for the way they raised him. If you listen closely to the presentation there are messages in there for all of us. His presentation is such that it can be presented to any group from school children to a sports night to a formal dinner. Andrew was an absolute delight to work with and we will certainly be using him again.”
Aim Higher Marketing
“Andrew was outstanding. His speech was down to earth and appropriate to our audience - he had the audience enthralled the whole time. His genuine friendly manner towards our students as he presented awards to them was very much appreciated. Members of our school community have been commenting to me how impressed they were with him.”
“Andrew was very entertaining and was very generous with his time, speaking for just on an hour with questions from the audience. Content was very appropriate and the focus on the Olympics was great.”
Education & Professional Development
“Andrew's presentation was terrific. He managed to tailor his talk to suit the requirements of the function, providing interesting stories in regard to his time in basketball as well as some advice for ensuring the right environment is created for sporting excellence. He was particularly well received by those present - the sporting clubs of Frankston."
Frankston City Council
“Excellent. Andrew was absolutely brilliant! A more likeable and inspiring speaker you will not find.”
Automotive Global Insurance
“Excellent. Even though the workshop was a government initiative where the audience was predominantly aimed at a specific Government program target group and the information we provided contained tracts of technical government policy, Andrew was able to grasp the main issues and conduct his presentation focusing on two or three key points that related to the audience and the rationale behind the workshop. Andrew is very genuine person which shines through in his presentations.”
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
“Andrew was fantastic. His talk was perfect for the group of delegates and he was most entertaining. He is just such a likeable 'bloke' that he was the perfect fit."
Melbourne Sports Events