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Wayne Pearce is one of Australia’s most respected and highest profile Rugby league identities.

He carved out an illustrious career in Rugby League where he represented and captained the Balmain Tigers, New South Wales and Australia between 1980 and 1990. In 1988, whilst still a current player he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to Rugby League and the community.

During his evolving football career, Wayne also completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New South Wales where he focused his studies on the psychology of peak performance.

This knowledge was particularly useful when he commenced a professional coaching career with the Balmain Tigers whom he guided into a merger with Western Suburbs to form the Wests Tigers.

His success as the Tigers coach led to his appointment as New South Wales State of Origin coach in 1999.


Wayne is widely regarded as an innovator and in 2001 he retired from footy coaching to establish a peak performance business consultancy called Wayne Pearce Advantage. Having developed a range of peak performance seminars, he facilitates leadership, teamwork and peak performance programs around Australia and the south-east Asia region. He has worked across most industry sectors with a multitude of businesses which includes Suncorp, Bunnings, Telstra, Optus, NSW Police Force, NSW Health, NSW Department of Education, ANSTO, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Coca Cola-Amatil, John Holland Group, Downer EDI, Caltex, Harvey Norman, Fosters, Hungry Jacks, Nestle and JP Morgan.

Wayne continues actively practice the skills of leadership in his role as an Australian Rugby League Commissioner overseeing whole of game governance for the code of Rugby League in Australia.

In 2018, Wayne partnered with Martin Camp to form Wayne Pearce Academy.

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