OUR AMBASSADORS

SIMON BLACK

Simon Black is one of the most decorated players in the Lions history having achieved almost every individual honour in the game. Retiring in 2013 after 15 years with the one Club, Black signed on as an assistant coach at the Lions for two years. His main focus is coaching the team’s forward line and attacking systems.

PETERO CIVONICEVA

Petero Civoniceva is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop forward, in 200- he broke the record for most international matches for Australia of any forward in history.  Civoniceva played his club football for the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won the 1998, 2000 and 2006 NRL Premierships, as well as for the Penrith Panthers, whom he captained.

Late in his career whilst playing for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup, Civoniceva captained the Fijian national team in their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. The Petero Civoniceva Medal is awarded to the Australian Fijian rugby league player of the year. Petero played 309 NRL matches, 45 Test matches for the Australian Kangaroos, 33 State of Origin matches for QLD and 6 Tests for the Fiji Bati.

BEN DAVIS

Ben Davis is a born and bred Brisbane media professional.

He has been a familiar face in Brisbane for the last 20 years as a well-known and respected Sports reporter, commentator and presenter. During his time with Channel 7 Ben travelled the world covering some of the largest sporting events and was an integral part of the success of the 6pm 7 News team.

In 2014 Ben decided to transfers his skills from the world of television to radio to utilise the years of experience he had gained from working with some of the countries most respected journalists. Ben now presents Brisbane Live on 4BC. Ben keeps you up to date on what’s happening now in your city from 3-6pm weekdays.

Brisbane Live is a natural fit for Ben as his genuine warmth and intuitive nature allows him to explore the stories that matter to you. Ben asks the questions that matter on the issues that affect our community.

As a family man, Ben can relate to his listeners on a range of issues, having a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes he is a passionate supporter and plays an active role in trying to fund raise and build awareness to find a cure.

MELISSA DOWNES

Born and raised in Brisbane, Downes graduated from Somerville House in 1988. She moved to Sydney to model for two years before returning to Brisbane to complete an Arts Journalism degree at the University of Queensland.

After joining Nine Brisbane in 2001, Melissa reported on the road and acted as fill-in weekend presenter before assuming that role full-time in 2006. She has also worked as a reporter for local magazine show Saturday Afternoon and a presenter of QTQ-9’s Nine Gold Coast News bulletin.

In November 2008, Melissa replaced Heather Foord as presenter of Nine News Queensland weeknight bulletin and joins us as one of our 3 female ambassadors, proudly supporting our new look Club!

SOFIE FORMICA

Sofie Formica is widely recognised from her success in global television markets over the last 25 years.

With an impressive television career that began as a 14 year-old, Sofie soon became a prominent face on the Seven Network thanks to hosting children’s programmes ‘Wombat’ and ‘Saturday Disney’, followed by a stint as Australia’s first female game show host on ‘Now You See It’.

A few years later, Sofie became a founding member of ‘The Great Outdoors’ team, regularly presented various televised network events, such as The Australian Fashion Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, and acted on popular soap ‘Home and Away’ and variety show ‘Tonight Live with Steve Vizard’.

Sofie is currently the host of the Seven Network’s Queensland lifestyle programme, ‘The Great Day Out’, formerly the Great South East, and is now the longest running host. We are thrilled to welcome Sofie to our Ambassador family.

IAN HEALY

Ian Healy (nicknamed “Heals”) is a former cricketer who played for Queensland and Australia. Healy was a key member of the Australian team during its sustained period of success.

Healy was a very useful batsman and improved dramatically during the second half of his career. All of his four first-class centuries were scored in Test matches. By the time of his retirement, Healy held the world record for most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper.

RACHEL HETHERINGTON

Rachel Hetherington is an Australian professional golfer playing on the LPGA Tour.

One of the greatest golfers to come out of Australia, she had a very impressive career as an amateur. She was the New South Wales Junior Champion from 1989 –1992. In 1992, she won the New South Wales Amateur Open and the Tasmanian Amateur Open.

Her greatest year to date was 2003, when she won back-to-back titles (the second time in her career) at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic and at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA, defeating some formidable opponents.

STUART LAW

Stuart Law OAM is an Australian born cricketer, who played one test and 54 One Day Internationals for Australia. Law also captained Queensland to five Sheffield Shield titles and two one day trophies, making him the most successful captain in Australian domestic cricket; he is also Queensland’s all-time leading run scorer in first class cricket. He is also a cricket coach, and was head coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team in 2011-2012.

DARREN LEHMANN

Darren Lehmann is a former Australian cricketer and the current coach of the Australian cricket team. Lehmann made his ODI debut in 1996 and Test debut in 1998. Following his playing career, Darren became the coach of the Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League team, from 2009 to 2012 and currently is the coach of Kings XI Punjab IPL team. He also coached Queensland’s domestic teams, the Bulls and the Heat, during their wins in the Sheffield Shield, One Day and T20 competitions. d. In June 2013, Lehmann replaced Mickey Arthur as the coach of the Australian cricket team, only two weeks before the 2013 Ashes series.

WALLY LEWIS

Wally Lewis is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, who has become a commentator for television coverage of the sport. A highly decorated Australian national captain, Lewis is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever players of rugby league. His time as a player and coach was followed by a career as a newsreader for the Nine Network.

Nicknamed The King, Lewis represented Queensland in thirty-one State of Origin games from 1980 to 1991, and was captain for thirty of them. He also represented Australia in thirty-three international matches from 1981 to 1991 and was national team captain from 1984 to 1989. Wally is perhaps best known for his State of Origin performances, spearheading Queensland’s dominance in that competition throughout the 1980s. He captained at State of Origin level 30 times, winning a record 8 man of the match awards.

Lewis has since been inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and in 1999 he became the sixth member of ‘The Immortals’. In 2000, he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in the sport of rugby league. We are pleased to welcome The King to the Club!

DAVID LUTTERAL

David Lutteral, or ‘Luttsy’ as he is better known, is co-host of Brisbane’s top rating Nova 106.9 breakfast show, airing 6 – 9am weekdays. The show has been the number One program for Brisbane Under 40s for the past decade.

Born and bred in Brisbane, Luttsy attended Nudgee College during his high school years before starting work as a sports journalist at 4BC and Triple M. He then became a weekly favourite on ABC TV ’ s “ The Fat” and the Channel Nine Footy Show. For the last 15 years he has performed as On-field MC and venue commentator at almost every major sporting event in Australia, including Wallaby tests, Ashes Cricket tests and Commonwealth and Olympic Games. For four years until 2010 he served as the youngest ever board member of the Qld Academy of Sport.

We are excited to welcome Luttsy as our QC500 Ambassador, encouraging young business professionals to be a part of Brisbane’s premier business & lifestyle Club – The QC Club.

JIMMY MAHER

Jimmy Maher is a former Australian cricketer. He was first selected to play for Australia in two One Day matches in 1997–98. In 2001–02, he became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in a domestic Test season.

On 25 February 2007, Maher was named Man of the Match in the domestic One Day final against the Victorian Bushrangers after making 108 from 133 balls. The Queensland Bulls went on to win the match by 21 runs. It was the third time that he had scored a century for Queensland in a One Day domestic final. He retired from all types of cricket at the end of the Australian 2007–08 domestic season.

RUPERT MCCALL

As an MC, guest speaker or media presenter, few can capture the essence of our country and its heroes like Rupert McCall. Rupert is the author of six anthologies of verse that have collectively sold over 100,000 copies.

He is equally at home in radio and on TV with recent roles hosting Sports Today on 4BC and presenting the sport on Channel Nine. Rupert’s great passion for sport was further displayed when he was appointed head commentator for Channel Ten at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

STEPHEN MOORE

Stephen Moore’s captaincy continued to impress all who observed him in 2015, with his lead from the front mental, communication with referees, opposition captains and his humility in the gold jersey. The return to the captaincy role is testament to the 32-year-old’s standing in the game and recognition of the respect he holds among his Wallabies teammates. Moore became one of eight Wallabies centurions in Australia’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland, adding to his well-decorated career.

Moore’s first captaincy stint lasted just 60 seconds, when he ruptured his ACL against France but he didn’t miss a beat on his return and continued to set the tone as he led the Wallabies to a fourth Rugby World Cup final. Moore signed with the Queensland Reds and Australian Rugby for three more seasons, given him a chance to stay in Wallabies gold for the 2019 World Cup.

CARL RACKEMANN

Carl Rackemann or ‘Mocca’ as he is affectionately known, was an unlikley but very effective fast bowler. He played 12 Tests, and had a storming start with 11 wickets to demolish Pakistan on a Perth flyer in 1983-84. Rackemann liked Perth – against New Zealand there in 1989-90 he returned amazing second-innings figures of 31-21-23-1.

His career at the top level was limited by injury and the decision to go on the 1985-86 rebel tour of South Africa. He was not knowing for his batting skills, making it all the more galling for England fans when his painful 107-minute 9 went a long way to saving the Sydney Test of 1990-91. That was his last Test, but he was a non-playing member of the side that conquered West Indies in the Caribbean four years later. Rackemann later coached Zimbabwe.

GREG RITCHIE

Greg Ritchie is a former Australian cricketer who played in 30 Tests and 44 One Day Internationals from 1982 to 1987 and played for Queensland between 1980 and 1992. In 2000, he was named as one of the seven greatest Sheffield Shield run scorers in Queensland history for amassing over 6,000 runs.

Following his professional cricket career, Greg has had a successful media career and is also well known as an after dinner speaker and a travel agent.