Michael Voss

Legendary AFL Player and Coach

Michael Voss is a legend of the Australian Football League. At the age of 21, Michael was appointed captain of the Brisbane Lions AFL team, a position he held for 10 years until retiring as a player in 2006. During this period, Michael achieved extraordinary success as an individual and team leader. As the team leader, Voss captained the Brisbane Lions to four consecutive AFL Grand Finals, winning 3 consecutive AFL Premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Individually Voss was award the AFL’s highest individual honour, the Brownlow medal in 1996 and the Brisbane Lions Team Best & Fairest five times are among a multitude of Voss’s personal honours.

Born in Traralgon in eastern Victoria, he spent his early years in nearby Orbost until his family moved to Queensland when the budding superstar was just 11. From his early days at Morningside Football Club, where his father Garry was general manager, he was always going to be something special. And if there was any doubt it was permanently removed when he kicked 14 goals in one game in the 1992 Australian Teal Cup (Under 17) Championships in Traralgon. He made his AFL debut the following week, aged 17 years and 11 days, and hasn’t looked back

Following his retirement as a player, Voss joined the Network 10 commentary team in 2007 and was also a Sports Anchor on Network Ten’s 5pm weekday news in Brisbane. He is also a columnist with the Sunday Age and does sports commentary with Radio 3AW.

Voss was appointed coach of the Brisbane Lions AFL team in 2009, the position he held for 5 years until 2013, when he returned to media activities as the new host of the Fox 8 AFL show.

Michael’s style as a player and coach was respected and admired by teammates and opponents alike. As much for his modest, down-to-earth, unaffected and ever-considerate manner off the field as for his inspirational, fearless and uncompromising approach on the field. It’s these qualities that Michael brings to his speaking engagements, that endear him to all types of audiences.

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