Liz Ellis

Liz Ellis

Liz is one of Australia’s highest profile elite athletes and most successful netballers ever. She was captain of the Australian Netball Team and Sydney Swifts, and surpassed the record for most test matches played for Australia.

Liz’s career highlights include three World Championship gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and four national premierships as well as being named Australia’s Most Valuable Player on four occasions.

In 2009, Liz became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours and in 2018 she was elevated to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to netball as an elite player and coach, through support and advocacy for young women, as a contributor to the broadcast and print media industries, and to the community.

It’s thanks to Liz’s on-court talent and off-court drive and passion that netball has become one of Australia’s most played sports. In 1997, Liz initiated the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics which has coached more than 60,000 young netballers. It is this enthusiasm for promoting netball that has made Liz a positive role model for young sportspeople and it’s not surprising she was voted Favourite Female Sports Star for the 2006 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Liz has appeared on various TV panel, quiz and chat shows as well as numerous television and radio programs as a general sports commentator and presenter, including the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and 2006, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. She is currently a regular co-host on Sports Sunday on the Nine Network and continues to provide commentary for the Suncorp Super Netball also broadcast on Nine as well as appearing regularly on The Project on Channel 10.

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

“Liz was excellent… she’s a born speaker. She has a 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

Television

SPORTS SUNDAY
Regular Panellist. Nine Network 2017-Current
SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL
Expert Commentary. Nine Network 2017-Current
THE PROJECT
Guest Panellist. Network TEN 2015-Current
FAST5 NETBALL
Expert Commentary. Nine Network 2016
TODAY SHOW
Guest. Nine Network 2016
WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS
Guest. Nine Network 2016
THE BACK PAGE
Guest Panellist. Fox Sports 2015
CONSTELLATION CUP, INTERNATIONAL TEST
Commentating. Foxtel & Network TEN 2015
V8 SUPERCARS SHOW
Panellist. Fox Sports 2015
NETBALL
Commentary Co-host & Expert Comments. Foxtel & Network TEN 2015
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Commentator, Opening Ceremony & Netball. Network TEN 2014
STUDIO 10
Guest Host. Network TEN 2013-2014
NETBALL
Commentary Co-host & Expert Comments. Fox Sports/SBS 2013 2014
SPORTSNIGHT
Regular Panellist. Sky News 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
Guest. UKTV 2012
NETBALL COMMENTARY
Co-Host. Network TEN 2008-2012
CAN WE HELP?
Guest Appearance. ABC TV 2011
LADIES MASTERS AND AUST. OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENTS
Host. ONE HD 2010
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Opening Ceremony Host & 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. Seven Network 2000-2003
WINTER X GAMES
Commentator. Network TEN 2000-2001
SYDNEY OLYMPICS GAMES OVERNIGHT
Host. Seven Network 2000
THE FAT
Guest Appearances. ABC TV 1999-2000

 

Writing

THE AGE/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Regular Netball Column, 2014-Current
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T CONCEIVE
Pan Macmillan Australia 2018
NETBALL HEROES
Allen & Unwin 2005
THE AUSTRALIAN
Regular Columnist, 2003
PLAYING THE GAME, A GUIDE TO PLAYING NETBALL
Harper Collins 2001 (Reprinted 2002)
AUSTRALIAN NETBALLER MAGAZINE
Regular Contributor, 2001

 

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 Fill-In 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 & Wil). Triple J 1999-2004

 

Live Performance

THE CENTURIONS
With Sharelle McMahon & Catherine Cox. 2015-2018

 

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
WORLD CHAMPIONS, TEAM MEMBER
1999
GOLD MEDALLIST COMMONWEALTH GAMES
1998
WORLD CHAMPIONS, TEAM MEMBER
1995
CAPTAIN AUSTRALIAN UNDER 21 TEAM
1992
AUSTRALIAN NETBALL TEAM MEMBER
1991

 

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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