AIB Featured Business Leader – Glenn McGrath
While he is best known for his sporting achievements, the career of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath extends far beyond his exceptional bowling abilities. Born in Dubbo in 1970, McGrath is considered a leading contributor to Australia’s success in international cricket. In his early years he moved to Sydney to play grade cricket for Sutherland, making his debut in 1992 for New South Wales. From there his career went from strength to strength – in 2000 he played in England for Worcestershire and was considered both successful on the field as well as well-liked by the county’s supporters. Though he retired from tests in 2007, Glenn McGrath’s cricketing career is considered one of the world’s best. According to the International Cricket Hall, he took 563 test wickets, played 124 tests and bowled a massive 29,248 balls.
For many Australians, Glenn McGrath is also known for his first wife Jane’s public battle with breast cancer. After her tragic passing in 2008 at age 42, McGrath carried on his wife’s dream of ensuring that every Australian family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial situation. The Foundation was established after Jane’s initial recovery from the disease, and became even more meaningful when she was re-diagnosed and personally needed the assistance from a breast care nurse. Today, McGrath Breast Care Nurses assist Australian families by providing invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and through treatment. Since the Foundation was established in 2005, the McGrath Foundation has placed 105 of their nurses in communities across Australia, supporting more than 36,000 families.
Aside from being the Co-Founder and President of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath boasts a bevvy of achievements both cricket related and not. He holds the world record for the highest number of text wickets by a fast bowler. In 2013, he was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame. He is also the current director of the MRF Pace Foundation, a coaching clinic based in Chennai, India, for training fast bowlers from around the world. In 2008, both he and Jane were made Members of the Order of Australia – Glenn for his “service to cricket as a player” and Jane for “service to the community through the establishment of the McGrath Foundation”.
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It is clear that Glenn McGrath has a very accomplished career with an interesting story to tell. We are pleased to host Glenn as our guest speaker at the 2015 AIB Graduation on November 20, where he will address new graduates.
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This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: Wikipedia; McGrath Foundation and International Cricket Hall