Ben Ikin is a former professional rugby league footballer who played 150 games in the NRL with the Gold Coast Seagulls, North Sydney Bears and Brisbane Broncos. Ben represented QLD 17 times and played 2 tests for Australia and still holds the record as the youngest player ever to play State of Origin football.
Following a triumphant playing career, Ben spent 5 years as a rugby league commentator for the Nine Network and co-host of The Sunday Footy Show. Ben has also worked for 10 years in various senior commercial roles in the property and construction industry but now works full time in the media with Foxsports and Triple M. Ben co-hosts his own Rugby League Radio Show, Dead Set Legends, on Triple M each Saturday morning.
This Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative centre turned five-eighth, played his club football for the Gold Coast Chargers, North Sydney Bears and Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won the 2000 premiership, before being forced into early retirement by injury.
Ben retired at the end of the 2004 season to pursue a career in business working part time as a career and education adviser at the Brisbane Broncos as well as carving out a career in the media. He was a business development executive for international engineering firm, a Board member of the Broncos Leagues Club and the General Manager of Marketing at the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans.
Ben’s keynote presentations are a mix of sport and business, intertwined with some enriching life experiences (he’d bought, run and sold a hotel by the age of 28). There’s no clichéd rhetoric, just home spun wisdom, developed over 10 years of top level sport – wisdom that’s as applicable to aspiring young athletes as it is to high level corporates.