Australia’s best known Olympic Coach Laurie Lawrence represented Australia as a coach in Brisbane and Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Games, and also at Los Angeles, Seoul, and Barcelona Olympic Games. Laurie’s pupils have won 10 Gold, 11 Silver, and 12 Bronze medals.
Lawrence’s impact on the business community has been quite spectacular. He has proven to be uniquely capable of clearly drawing the parallels between business success and high sporting achievement. As a motivator and entertainer he supports the “knuckles down the wall” approach in pursuing his personal credo of “Striving for Excellence”. The business world and the competitive sports arena make similar demands for high individual achievement, which explains why Laurie today is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Australia.
For many, Laurie represents the beloved Aussie larrikin who loves an audience and a stage, but this is only a tiny glimpse of the man. He sets his goals and encourages those within his influence to work towards personal perfection. And not only is he in demand, he gets results.
Today, Laurie operates the now famous Lawrence Learn to Swim School which specialises in teaching physically disabled as well as speech and learning impaired children, and babies.
He was voted All Sports “National Coach of the Year” in the Sports Australia Awards and an Australian Achievers Award to honour his selection by the National Australia Day Council as an Australian of the Year finalist.
This 1989 Queensland Father of the Year has completed a book of inspirational short stories entitled “LAWRENCE OF AUSTRALIA”.