Ex-Wallaby and author guest speaker at chamber event

PETER FitzSimons is one of Australia's most prominent and successful media and publishing identities and he is coming to Ipswich next week as keynote speaker at the Ipswich chamber's Business Icons Luncheon in partnership with Bendigo Bank

Peter's professional life involves writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers as well as authoring best-selling books.

For the past two decades, the much-travelled former Wallaby rugby international has interviewed some of the world's most famous figures, including former US president George Bush, Mother Theresa and football great Diego Maradona.

In 2001, he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author with just under 250,000 sales.

He duplicated that feat in 2004 with his book on Kokoda and had similar success in 2006 with his book on Tobruk.

A second-rower, he won Wallaby selection in 1984, later moving to France and Italy where he played rugby for the next five years. On his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies, going on to play seven Test matches.

Peter was acknowledged in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List as a Member (AM) in the General Division for services to literature as a biographer; sports journalist and commentator; and to the community.

Tickets are still available for this event at the Ipswich Civic Centre through the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce website at ipswichchamber.org.au

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