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Sir
Graham Lowe

Rugby League coaching great

Profile

Sir Graham Lowe has forged a reputation that transcends his position as a football coach and rugby league icon. From a sport which places a premium on macho image and physical rather than emotional prowess, Graham has moved beyond traditional masculine boundaries to appeal to a broad cross-section of New Zealand society, well outside the game of rugby league.

Current work
Graham founded the Lowie Foundation which uses Lowie’s 12 Dynamic Principles to deliver a literacy and numeracy programme to 12 -19 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2018 Graham started working with the Department of Corrections New Zealand and developed the Kick for the Seagulls programme which uses sporting language to teach people in prison reading, writing and maths.

Accolades
In recognition of his contribution to New Zealand, in 2019 he was knighted for his services to youth and education. Due to the immense success of Graham’s works with Corrections’ he was awarded Department of Corrections 2018 Partner of the Year and in 2019 became the first Corrections wing patron for a graduating cohort. In 1986 Graham was awarded and presented by HM Queen Elizabeth II the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community of New Zealand. He was also the subject of a This is Your Life documentary in 1993.

Background
Graham began his coaching career in New Zealand in the late 1970s before rising to prominence at the helm of Brisbane Norths. He was the Kiwis' national coach from 1983-86 and spent three years at Manly (1990-92) and a season at North Queensland (1996).

He is admired for his honesty, integrity and loyalty to this country; and he enjoys enormous respect for his achievements as a coach in the toughest rugby league competitions in the world. This latter aspect of Graham's ability has captured the attention of many in the New Zealand business community. They readily recognise the parallels between business and sport, and understand there are many lessons for the corporate world to learn from top sporting endeavour.

New Zealand has seen Graham Lowe develop from a coaching tyro at club level in the suburbs of Auckland, through to the mentor of the national team and then the guiding hand behind several of the most famous rugby league clubs in the world. There remains an element of mystique about Graham's role at this level; yet his reputation as a communicator, team-builder and motivator is now second-to-none in this country.

Many would value the opportunity to learn how a down-to-earth Kiwi, armed with the attributes of energy, dedication and innovation, reached the top in such a competitive world.

In October 1998, with partners the Tainui Maori Trust Board and Sky City, Graham Lowe and Auckland businessman Malcolm Boyle bought the Auckland Warriors, making them the first New Zealand sports team to be owned by private investors. In 2000 their fellow board members controversially dumped Lowe and Boyle.

Graham's personal tribulations have added a further dimension to his remarkable story - and one that has wide appeal. The major health problems Graham has suffered, and the way he has dealt with them, have stamped him as a special individual at a personal and emotional level. This aspect of his life has moved beyond the sporting arena, firmly into the domain of general human interest. Graham has written two autobiographies, namely Lowe and Behold and Dreams Die Hard.

Speaking
Graham incorporates aspects of both personal and professional experiences into his presentations, that reflect the very nature of this man - hard-hitting, down-to-earth, yet compassionate, realistic and results driven. Relevant messages for people involved with people!

Expertise
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Media Personalities & Celebrity
  • Mental Health

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
  • Celebrity & Media

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership

Sport

  • Rugby Union & League
Feedback
Graham Lowe is a straight shooter who's achieved much success in sports and business before overcoming considerable health problems. Our audience warmed to his often humorous story of how events in his own life changed his views on what it means to be a success. Event Producer, EMA
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