Tim Horan

Australian Rugby Legend, Speaker, MC and Moderator

Tim Horan is possibly the greatest centre rugby union has seen. Electrifying pace, rock-solid defence, an ability to read the play like a book, lethal with ball in hand... he offered it all during his sparkling 12-year Test career with the Wallabies.

Tim earned his first gold jersey as a teenager against the All Blacks in 1989. Australia lost that match but Tim earned the respect of all. Two years later at the 1991 World Cup Tim was crucial to the Wallabies' success, most notably when he gobbled up and scored from David Campese's memorable over-the-shoulder, no-look pass in the semi against New Zealand. No try has been given as much replay time since.

Despite a potentially career-ending knee injury in 1994, Tim made a remarkable comeback at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

In 1999, he became Australia's third most capped player and most capped Australian centre, guiding Australia to its second World Cup victory. He won every award going around, and was announced Player of the Tournament. Tim surprised many the following season when he announced his retirement from international rugby to play out his career with the famous Saracens club in England. Some considered it too soon; Tim knew what he was doing. He wanted to go out a winner. And he did.

Since retiring, Tim has melded his natural leadership abilities and flair for public speaking and used them to effect a seamless transition to the next phase of his career. Tim retains an avid interest in the game which was his life for so long and is currently a rugby commentator with Fox Sports during Wallaby Tests and Super Rugby matches and is Business Director for the Sports and Entertainment division of Westpac. He is also a director of Events Queensland and is currently completing an Executive MBA at Bond University.

Tim was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2009. He is a member of the Australian Sport 'Hall of Fame', the International Rugby 'Hall of Fame' and was awarded the Centenary Medal 2001. Tim graduated with an Executive MBA from Bond University in 2014.

Tim is an ambassador for Queensland Spinal Injuries Association and the Aunties and Uncles Charity.

Tim talks about:

• Leadership - Taking The Gap
• High Performance
• Coming Back From Adversity

Client testimonials

Tim MC’d our Brisbane West Airport (Toowoomba) open day and did a fantastic job. We had over 28,000 people on the day and Tim engaged them over a six-hour period in a professional and relaxed way. I would certainly recommend Tim to host or MC at any small or large event.

Joe Wagner Group

Tim Horan… as MC… created just the right mood that we wanted, communicating our key Etihad information while still keeping the event relaxed and fun.

Eithad Airways

We engaged our Sport Australia Hall of Fame member, Tim Horan AM, to take on the role of MC at our recent ‘Inspire our Nation’ – an exclusive event, which we host in partnership with our major sponsor, Etihad Airways. Known as one of Australia’s best-ever rugby players, it is clear that the world-class skills Tim had as an athlete have translated incredibly well into his off the field media and hosting work. Tim did a stellar job, he is highly professional and a well-rounded MC who injects a sense of vibrancy into the proceedings and importantly, was a pleasure to deal with. His ability to engage the guests was first class and he did an outstanding job in interviewing our special guest panel members, Dawn Fraser AO MBE; Ian Healy and Wally Lewis AM. If you are looking for a professional, knowledgeable and highly entertaining MC, we would recommend Tim Horan AM.

Australian Sports Hall of Fame