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Oct242013

STIRLING NEWS

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BMW Group Australia welcomes
former Australian Rugby Captain
Stirling Mortlock
as its latest Brand Ambassador


BMW is already a proud
sponsor of the Melbourne Rebels.

So it was a natural choice to invite
the Foundation Rebels Captain and current Melbourne Rebels board member into the BMW family.

Like BMW’s premium brand and wide ranging line up of driver oriented vehicles, Stirling has a well deserved reputation for peak performance and athleticism. No stranger to achievement and high performance, his professional Rugby career spanned 15 years, proving himself as one of Australia’s best and most decorated Rugby legends. 

In 2012 Stirling retired from Rugby and received the award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to Rugby, in particular as a long standing Captain of the Wallabies. Since retiring from playing Rugby, Stirling has now moved from the Sporting arena into the Corporate world. 

"BMW is focused on providing the ultimate driving enjoyment and leading the way in automotive technology and development – in other words, striving to be the best - so we have a great deal in common with the way Stirling Mortlock has operated throughout his career,” said Toni Andreevski, general manager of marketing of BMW Group Australia.

Stirling Mortlock who is driving a BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo said “I am very excited to be affiliated with the BMW brand. I have always enjoyed the sporty look and feel of a BMW, not to mention the way they handle and perform. I am loving BMW’s involvement in my journey.”  

SEP 13, 2013

STIRLING MORTLOCK JOINS MELBOURNE REBELS BOARD

Foundation Captain accepts role as Director of Melbourne Rebels

The RaboDirect Rebels are proud to announce that Foundation Captain Stirling Mortlock AM has accepted the role of Melbourne Rebels Director.

Recently appointed Rebels Chairman Jonathan Ling is delighted Mortlock will be joining him on the Board. "It gives me great pleasure to announce that Stirling has accepted our offer to assume this crucial role," Ling said. "Stirling was the foundation Melbourne Rebels Captain, and has elected to remain in Melbourne and pursue a finance career within the banking sector here since his retirement as a player. Stirling has also chosen to remain actively involved in the growth and promotion of Rugby in Victoria."

"Stirling's unique understanding of the game, partnered with his business acumen, makes him a key asset for the Rebels organisation and the game of Rugby Union here in Victoria."

Following foundation shareholders transferring their shares to the Victorian Rugby Union in June this year, the Melbourne Rebels are no longer a privately owned company, with Ling replacing Harold Mitchell AC as Chair.

From the 2014 Super Rugby season onwards, the Rebels and the Victorian Rugby Union will be integrated as one, with the game of Rugby being promoted throughout Victoria under the one brand, the Melbourne Rebels.

With 80 Wallaby Test caps, including 29 as the Captain, Stirling's knowledge of the game is unprecedented amongst his peers, having recently excelled as a commentator for Wallaby matches on Channel 10 in 2013.

Stirling's standing within the Australian sporting community was formally recognised in 2012 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List, and he has long expressed his desire to continue to grow the game in Victoria.
Mortlock is looking forward to settling into his new role, and believes that the change of ownership at the Rebels will prove to be hugely beneficial.

"It is an exciting time for the Melbourne Rebels and its members," Mortlock said. "With the Melbourne Rebels now being truly owned by the Victorian Rugby Union community, it provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to benefit from mutual goals and ambition.

"With both the on and off field teams under new leadership, and a young playing roster, we are on the cusp of building a Rugby program that is the envy of Club, provincial, and national teams here in Melbourne."

"We can now collectively work as one, in union."

Mortlock will join the Melbourne Rebels' Board effective immediately.

May 14, 2013  

Stirling Mortlock Joins TEN’s Rugby Commentary Team. Wallabies Games Live on TEN until 2015.

ACT Brumbies legend, Melbourne Rebels pioneer and former Wallabies Captain Stirling Mortlock is the latest addition to TEN’s expert rugby commentary team for the 2013 British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour and The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Returning to the test arena as TEN’s man on the sidelines, Mortlock – the celebrated powerhouse centre of Australian rugby – is set to deliver a unique insight and knowledge of the game to fans.

He joins the voice of rugby, TEN’s Chief Rugby Commentator Gordon Bray, and Wallabies great Matt Burke for this huge year of rugby union on TEN.

As the exclusive free-to-air television broadcaster of the Qantas Wallabies Test matches until the end of 2015, TEN will broadcast all games live nationally.

Stirling Mortlock said: “I’m extremely excited to be involved with such a great crew covering the upcoming British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour.

“To be working alongside Gordon Bray, the voice of rugby, is a thrill and a privilege and to be teamed with Matt Burke is something I can’t wait to do. I’m really looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and electricity around the tour and bringing that to TEN viewers.”

Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “We are thrilled to have Stirling Mortlock join TEN’s Rugby commentary team. It is a real coup for fans and viewers. Stirling’s experience and knowledge of the game, coupled with his popularity as a player, will only enhance and complement our live coverage. Alongside Matt Burke and Gordon Bray, they form an unrivalled Rugby commentary trio.”

Stirling Mortlock will make his debut on TEN’s live rugby coverage of the first Test between the Qantas Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions on Saturday, June 22.