Look Back with a Sporting Legend

Australia's star cricketer Steve Waugh visits the Bradman Museum

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Bradman Museum Bowral, external view (2019) by Adrian Connelly, A.P.Connelly PhotographyBradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame

In the heart of Bowral, New South Wales, lies the Bradman Museum - birthplace of the great Sir Donald Bradman and home to his Ashes and many of the artefacts from his career as a first class batsman.

Steve Waugh with Bradman's first bat (2019) by Cole BennetsBradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame

In early 2019, we ventured to the Bradman Museum and Oval with Australian legend and ex-Cricket Captain, Steve Waugh - onto the field and into the archives - to explore his greatest moments, discuss his life experiences, his stories, legends of others - and find out what ‘Sport’ truly means to Australian identity.

Steve Waugh signs the Wall of Fame (2019) by Cole BennetsBradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame

About Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh AO is a former Australian cricket captain and remains one of cricket's most recognised, revered and respected players. He was one of Australia’s most successful cricket captains, leading the team to 15 of their record 16 consecutive Test wins and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. He was the most capped Test cricketer with 168 Test appearances, played 325 One Day Internationals and often rivalled Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara for the ‘world’s best batsman’ tag during his peak in the 1990s.

Steve Waugh and the Don's Bat (1930) by Photograph by Cole Bennets, 2019Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame

Steve’s a much loved icon in Australia both on and off the field. Strength of character is at the core of Steve’s work as a mentor to the Australian Cricket team and with the Steve Waugh Foundation, his charitable organisation that provides somewhere for children & young adults, with rare diseases, to turn. 'No one should have to stand alone. Everyone needs a team to support them.' - Steve Waugh AO.

Steve Waugh - Humble beginnings

Humble beginnings
As a kid, Steve and his mates would hit balls against the roof, place a ball in a stocking and tie it around a tree or clothesline for practice & at the start of the game, the parents would put the pads on all wrong. Australia’s living legend shares insights into his own sporting journey from humble beginnings.

Steve Waugh - Gallipolli

Shell Green
Steve Waugh shares one of his greatest moments as Australian Captain, taking the team to Gallipoli to understand first hand the story of the ANZACs and the spirit of mateship - reenacting shell green.

Steve Waugh - The Ashes

The Ashes
The Ashes is arguably Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry. Behind the competition lies the hidden history of how this came to be - and the origin of the “Darnley Urn”. Even by Steve Waugh, one of Australia’s greatest players.
It’s within the Bradman Museum that Steve Waugh uncovers the real story behind The Ashes.

Steve Waugh - Bradman Museum

The next ‘Bradman’
Steve himself was said to be the “next Don Bradman”. The name is synonymous with achieving greatness. Even Kelly Slater said “If you’re going to be compared to someone who was great in his sport, the biggest honour would be Donald Bradman.” So how did a US surfer come to comparing himself to an Aussie legend and why is it that Sir Donald Bradman is so iconic? Steve Waugh discussed why, to this date, Bradman’s sporting record & status remains greatly untouched.

Steve Waugh - Media attention

Media attention
It’s said that the number of media interviews of the Captain of the Australian cricket team is second only to the Prime Minister of Australia. Steve Waugh talks about being a public figure, a national hero and as a sportsman, having his career in the spotlight.

Steve Waugh - Australian sporting legend

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