Liz Ellis

Liz Ellis

Liz is one of Australia’s highest profile elite athletes and most successful netballers ever.  She surpassed the record for most test matches played for Australia in 2005 and captained the Sydney Swifts and Australian Netball Team until her retirement in 2007.

Liz’s career highlights include 3 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals and 4 National Premierships (Sydney Swifts), as well as being named Australia’s Most Valuable Player on four occasions.

Liz is also a highly successful and experienced broadcaster. Appearing on television and radio as a sports commentator and presenter since her retirement from playing, Liz provides expert commentary on the Nine Network’s competition coverage, and has previously been a key part of the teams on Network Ten and Fox Sports for the Trans Tasman Netball season broadcasts.

Liz’s articulate and engaging wit and down to earth manner has also seen her in demand on many entertainment programs on both radio and TV and broadcasting for ABC Local radio around the nation.

In 2009, Liz became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for “services to netball and the encouragement of women in sport, and to the community through support for a range of charitable organizations”.

In 2015, Liz developed a live stage show, The Centurions, with other netball greats Sharelle McMahon and Catherine Cox, offering fans an unprecedented and entertaining insight into their private, professional and public lives.

Her achievements, strategies and philosophies on life are inspiring, and provide motivating and entertaining insights, as a highly sought after guest speaker.

Testimonials

“Liz was excellent… She has great presence, a really lovely natural style and her content is first class”-Kristen Plummer, Manager, International HR Director Forum CEO Forum Group

“[Liz was] able to engage everyone both from personal experiences and what they are trying to achieve in their business life in a very warm, honest and humorous manner”-Dick Shaw, Richard Shaw and Associates Pty Ltd

“Great sense of humor and very easy to relate to… very motivating and everyone could have taken away [something] to use in their day-to-day roles”- Feedback from Bayer Management Development Day

“Liz is very down to earth and natural. She had everyone captivated” Sheridan Woodcroft, Domain Principal Group. March 2013

“Liz was excellent… she’s a born speaker. She has great presence, a really lovely natural style and her content is first class. She just nailed what we were after – and was able to draw really strong parallels between leadership in the sporting arena and business world.”–  Kristen Plummer, Manager, International HR Director Forum CEO Forum Group, 2010

“[Liz was] able to engage everyone both from personal experiences and what they are trying to achieve in their business life in a very warm, honest and humorous manner”- Dick Shaw, Richard Shaw and Associates Pty Ltd

“Great – very practical and down to earth – great sense of humour and very easy to relate to her ideas… very motivating and everyone could have taken away [something] to use in their day-to-day roles”-  From Bayer Management Development Day 2008

“Liz pitched it just right and the content was perfect – she was outstanding”– Hugh McKid, Head of Finance, Ruralco Holdings Pty Ltd

Liz Ellis

Radio

NATIONAL WEEKEND MORNINGS
Host, ABC National Radio Summer 2016/17
AUSTRALIA ALL OVER
Host, ABC Local Radio, Summer 2015
SUMMER AFTERNOONS
HostABC Local Radio 2013-2014, 2012-2013
AFTERNOONS
Guest fill-in host, 702 ABC Radio Sydney 2001-2013
NATIONAL AFTERNOONS
Guest fill-in host, ABC Local Radio 2010-2011
GRANDSTAND
Guest co-host, ABC National Radio 2010
WIL AND LEHMO
Guest appearances, Triple M’s National Drive Show 2007-2008
THE SHEBANG
Guest appearances, Triple M’s National Drive Show 2006-2008
THE CAGE
Breakfast Show Guest appearances, Triple M Syd/Melb 2006-2007
DEAD SET LEGENDS
Guest co-host, Triple M Sydney 2005-2006
RADIO NATIONAL
Guest appearances, ABC 2005-2006
SATURDAY BREAKFAST
Guest appearances, 2UE 2005-2006
BIG SPORTS BREAKFAST
Guest appearances, 2KY 2003
BREAKFAST SHOW
Weekly Sports update (with Adam and Wil), Triple J 1999-2004

Writing

THE AGE/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Regular Netball Column, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald 2014- Current
NETBALL HEROES
Book, Allen & Unwin 2005
THE AUSTRALIAN
Regular Columnist, The Australian 2003
PLAYING THE GAME, A GUIDE TO PLAYING NETBALL
(Reprinted 2002) Harper Collins 2001
AUSTRALIAN NETBALLER MAGAZINE
Regular contributor, Australian Netballer Magazine 2001

Television

SPORTS SUNDAY
Regular Panellist, Nine Network, 2017
SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL
Expert commentator, Nine Network, 2017
FAST5 NETBALL
Expert commentator, Nine Network, 2016
WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS
Guest, Nine Network, 2016
TODAY SHOW
Guest, Nine Network, 2016
THE PROJECT
Guest Panellist, Network Ten 2015- 2016
THE BACK PAGE
Guest Panellist, Fox Sports 2015
CONSTELLATION CUP, INTERNATIONAL TEST
Commentator, Foxtel & Network Ten 2015
V8 SUPERCARS SHOW
Panellist, Fox Sports 2015
NETBALL
Commentary Co-host and Expert Comments, Network Ten  2015
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Commentator, Opening Ceremony & Netball, Network TEN 2014
STUDIO 10
Guest host, Network TEN 2013, 2014
NETBALL
Commentary Co-host and Expert Comments, Fox Sports/SBS 2013, 2014
SPORTSNIGHT
Regular panellist, SKYNews 2013
SLIDESHOW
Guest, Seven Network 2013
CITY TO SURF
Commentator, Network TEN 2012
FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX
Reporter, Network TEN 2012
THE CIRCLE
Guest co-host, Network TEN 2012
BEDTIME STORY
CBeebies guest, UKTV 2012
NETBALL COMMENTARY
Co-host, Network Ten 2008-2012
CAN WE HELP?
Guest appearance, ABCTV 2011
LADIES MASTERS AND AUST. OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENTS
Host, ONE HD 2010
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Opening Ceremony Host and Commentary, Network Ten and ONE HD 2010
THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE
Regular panellist, ONE HD 2009-2010
THE 7PM PROJECT
Guest panellist, Network TEN 2009-2010
THE SQUIZ
Guest appearance, SBS 2009
THE EINSTEIN FACTOR
Guest appearance, ABC TV 2005-2009
NETBALL TRANS-TASMAN SERIES AND THE BACKPAGE
Foxtel Co-host, Fox Sports 2008
GOOD NEWS WEEK
Panellist, Network TEN 2008-2011
SUNRISE
Guest appearances, Seven Network 2007
CELEBRITY READY STEADY COOK
Guest appearances, Network TEN 2006-2011
20 TO 1
Guest appearances, Nine Network 2006-2009
DAVID TENCH TONIGHT
Guest appearance, Network TEN 2006
TEMPTATION
Guest appearance, Nine Network 2006
THE GLASSHOUSE
Regular guest panellist, ABC TV 2005-2006
60 MINUTES
Guest story, Nine Network 2005
BEAT THE CHEF
Guest appearance, ABC TV 2005
ATHENS OLYMPICS: OVERNIGHT UPDATES
Presenter, Seven Network 2004
110% TONY SQUIRES
Guest appearances, Seven Network 2004
RUGBY WORLD CUP
Reporter / panellist, Seven Network 2003
SUNRISE SPORTS WRAP
Presenter/Guest appearance, Seven Network 2003-2004
HOME AND AWAY
Guest appearance, Seven Network 2002
PERSONAL BEST
Host, Network TEN 2001-2002
GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES
Guest Host, Network TEN 2001
SPORTSWORLD
Guest appearances, Network 7 2000-2003
WINTER X GAMES
Commentator, Network TEN 2000-2001
SYDNEY OLYMPICS GAMES OVERNIGHT
Host, Network 7 2000
THE FAT
Guest appearances, ABC TV 1999-2000

Live Performance

THE CENTURIONS
with Catherine Cox and Sharelle McMahon 2015-2016

Awards / Merits

INDUCTED INTO THE AUSTRALIAN NETBALL HALL OF FAME
2011
PRESENTED WITH AN ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL (AM), AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS LIST
2009
INDUCTED INTO SPORTS AUSTRALIA ‘HALL OF FAME’
2009
INTRODUCTION OF THE “LIZ ELLIS DIAMOND” AWARDED TO AUSTRALIA’S MOST OUTSTANDING NETBALLER
2008
NSW FINALIST – AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
2008
INDUCTED INTO NSW INSTITUTE OF SPORT HALL OF FAME
2008
10TH PLACE IN THE FIAT CELEBRITY CHALLENGE, MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX
2007
AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADOR
2006
NOMINATED AUSTRALIAN SPORTS AWARD
2006
FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR, NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS
2006
TAB SWIFTS AWARDED NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR AT 2006 AUSTRALIAN SPORT AWARDS
2006
10TH PLACE IN THE MINI CELEBRITY CHALLENGE, MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX
2003

Player Achievements

BEST PLAYER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2007
CAPTAIN AUSTRALIAN NETBALL TEAM AND SYDNEY TAB SWIFTS
2004-2007
COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY MOST VALUED PLAYER
2006
CAPTAIN AUSTRALIAN NETBALL TEAM AND SYDNEY TAB SWIFTS
2006
PLAYER OF THE CBT GRAND FINAL
2006
150 COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY MATCHES
2006
ACHIEVED RECORD FOR THE MOST TEST MATCHES EVER PLAYED FOR AUSTRALIA
2005
PREMIERS SYDNEY TAB SWIFTS
2004
COMMONWEALTH BANK TROPHY MOST VALUED PLAYER
2002
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2002
GOAL KEEPER OF THE YEAR
2002
GOLD MEDALLIST COMMONWEALTH GAMES
2002
CAPTAIN SYDNEY TAB SWIFTS
2002
AWARDED PLAYER OF THE GRAND FINAL
2001
CAPTAIN NSW NETBALL TEAM
2001
PREMIERS SYDNEY TAB SWIFTS
2001

Board Positions

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARKS AUTHORITY
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION (Previous)
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS DRUG AGENCY(Previous)
INSTITUTE OF SPORT MANAGEMENT (Previous)
NSW MAJOR EVENTS (Previous)

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