Speakers

The Grassroots Sports Luncheon will once again feature a line-up of outstanding speakers and sportsmen. Most importantly, the extraordinary Vince Sorrenti is back as our event MC in 2018.

Vince Sorrenti – MC & Guest Comedian

There’s little that needs to be said about the incomparable Vince Sorrenti. He is without question, Australia’s favourite comic entertainer and his deeds at past Grassroots events are legendary. After taking a break from Grassroots last year, Vince is anxious to get back and dazzle our guests with his unique humor. His return to Grassroots is both highly anticipated and eagerly waited by all!

Anthony "Lehmo” Lehmann - Guest Comedian

Over the past 8 years, Grassroots has featured some outstanding stand up comedians. Akmal Saleh, Trevor Marmalade, Des Dowling, Greg Ritchie, Troy Kinne, Darren Carr have all highlighted at Grassroots. All have all been unbelievable. We haven't had a bad one yet. This year we are delighted to feature the highly talented Anthony "Lehmo” Lehmann. Lehmo is one of Australia's most popular and successful comics. Lehmo is a regular on TV, amongst others as a guest on The Project. His live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for close to twenty years, working all over the globe. Lehmo is a passionate AFL fan (a Hawthorn tragic) and can’t wait to perform at Grassroots.

Guests at this year’s Grassroots event are in for a treat!

Sports Panel

Simon Marshall

Simon Marshall is a legend of the Australian turf. As a highly talented jockey, Simon rode in excess of 700 winners including 15 Group 1 events aboard some absolute icons of Australian horse racing including Super Impose, Naturalism, Better Loosen Up, Hareeba, Poetic King, All Our Mob, Mahogany and Mannerism.

Simon battled weight during his entire career and eventually retired with a metropolitan win rate of an extraordinary 28.6%! 

Since retirement, Simon has become a much sought after media talent and has appeared in regular television and radio shows. Whilst impeccable, his vast sporting knowledge is not restricted to horse racing alone. Simon has commentated at Olympic Games and was a reporter for Channel 7’s Game Day program.

Simon’s appearance at Grassroots on 8th June is timely given it is just one day before Stradbroke Day at Doomben – Brisbane’s biggest race day of the year! Bring your pen and jot down his tips!

Richard Champion 

‘Champs’ has been with Grassroots since its inception. His role as the host of the Sports Panel has been fantastic and he has managed to get the best out of some of the biggest names in the game over the past eight years including Robert DiPierdomenico, Kevin Sheedy, Campbell Brown, Jonathan Brown, Dermott Brereton, Malcolm Blight, Doug Hawkins, Rodney Eade, Alastair Lynch, Jason Dunstall, Brad Johnston & Barry Hall

Champs is set to have a bunch of entertaining and controversial questions to throw at this year’s panel.