When talking about sports in Australia, people love it. As good as people love sports, there sporting leaders Australians idolize above all others, which are termed the best or greatest leaders in Australian sports due to their achievements and leadership skills displayed in their respective sports teams.
Here are our best five leaders in Australian Sports
1. Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson can be argued as one of the best basketball players Australia has ever produced. She achieved the feat by collecting the entire accolade imaginable during her time at Seattle Storm in the WNBA and Canberra Capitals in the WNBL. She captained Australia to a title match at Beijing 2008 AND bronze at London 2012 after winning the silver at both Sydney and Athens Olympics.
- Don Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman dominated the cricket sport where he is without any doubt the greatest cricketer of all time. Over his twenty-year test match career which was between 1928-1948, he averaged 99.83 runs per innings, miles ahead of the next best average of 61.87. He was usually called “The Don.” Bradman’s standing in Australian society extended way beyond cricket. In Australian sport, he had shown leadership both on and off the field.
3. Johnny Warren
Johnny Warren inspired Australia to the FIFA World Cup finals in 1974, a feat no Socceroos side would match for another 32 years. Though they didn’t win a game getting to the finals was an outstanding feat for a team made up of amateur players. Warren did much of his best after his playing days were done, working tirelessly as an administrator, writer, and commentator to promote the game in Australia. Others leaders might have outstanding competitive records, but Warren legacy stretches far beyond the football pitch.
4. Harry Hopman
Harry Hopman was a fierce opponent of professional tennis and earned an ovation for severing all ties with any more paly who broke away from the amateur ranks. Stars like Roy Emerson, Tony Roche, Frank Sedgmen, Ken Rosewell, Lew Hoad, John Newcombe and Rod Laver, overseeing a golden area in which Australia relinquished the Davies Cup only five times between 1939 and 1968
5. John Bertrand
John Bertrand’s victory at Newport, Rhode Island is an exceptional case. As Bertrand’s leadership skill shown on deck was followed by a tactical prowess and mysterious understanding of how to play the underdog. He unsettled the US team with obvious mind games as the Aussies rally home from 3-1 down to square the series and took it to a seventh and final race.
Others leaders worthy of the list which had great achievements when they led their respective teams are: Steve Waugh, Michael Voss, John Eales, and Cameron Smith.