Steve Mortimer OAM

Rugby League Legend, Celebrity Guest

Steve Mortimer is a legend of rugby league, who has been ranked in the top 100 players to have ever played the game. An inspirational captain at club and state level, during his playing career he won four rugby league grand final's (two as captain). He captained the first NSW team to win the State of Origin and represented his country as a ‘Kangaroo'.

Steve is also a business leader and entrepreneur who is committed to giving back to the community. Immensely approachable and always humble, he is available for fundraising, Q&A's and appearances for clubs, charities and corporates. With legendary stories to tell and a strong held view that humility is the number one ey essential when looking for a win, Steve is sure to entertain and inspire.

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Steve Mortimer OAM, aka Turvey (after Turvey Park in Wagga Wagga where he grew up), is an Australian former rugby league halfback who played a record 272 first grade games for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs between 1976-88. He played 16 matches for NSW between 1977 and 1985, including nine under the State of Origin banner. Mortimer captained the Blues in 1984/85 in three matches (all victories) and was the first captain to lead NSW to State of Origin success in 1985. He was also named man-of-the-match in the final game of the 1984 State of Origin series at Lang Park, Brisbane.

Steve Mortimer played eight Test matches for Australia between 1981-84 where he scored two tries in his Test debut against France at the SCG with Australia winning 43-2. He was named vice-captain of Australia's 1985 mid-season tour of New Zealand, but made himself unavailable due to business reasons.

Following his playing days, Steve established a successful "Shuffleboard" business, having seen the game played in Wagga in the late 80's. In the mid 90's he placed some Shuffleboards in Aged Care and Retirement homes and the game quickly thrived. Today there are over 200 Shuffleboards in Aged Care Facilities across the country.

Steve stepped away from Australian Shuffleboard for 13 years to become CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, a move that helped deliver the Bulldogs their largest Major Sponsorship at the time in Mitsubishi Electric (2003-2008). The Bulldogs won their 8th NRL Premiership months after Steve had resigned from his post. He returned to Australian Shuffleboard as Managing Director and also consults to, and is an Ambassador for, Max Employment which helps find employment and training opportunities for Australians across its 250 locations nationwide.

Steve has made several media appearances and was a member of Channel Seven's Sports World programme in the early 1990s and Fox Sports NRL coverage. Since 2005, he has been regularly seen on Sky News as their rugby league expert. He is a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal and was named in Australia's 100 Greatest Players. In 2013 he was AM were awarded Life Membership of Canterbury League Club.