David Parkin's accomplishments as a football player and coach are outstanding. He captained Hawthorn Football Club to their second premiership in 1971, and then coached them to a flag in 1978. He later coached Carlton Football Club to successive Premierships in 1981 and 1982, as well as taking them to a record breaking number of victories in 1995, which culminated in them winning the Premiership.
David's incredible accomplishments have seen his talents transferred from the sporting and academic arenas to the world of business. He originally trained as a primary school teacher and has spent over two decades in teacher education. A lecturer and professor in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University, he has recently increased his media commitments with Foxtel's AFL coverage as a panel member on the weekly show, Fox League Teams and as a regular commentator for ABC Radio.
David was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2013, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for 'service to the sport of Australian Rules Football as an administrator, coach and player'.
Our guest's chosen charity for this Luncheon was the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.