Entertainer & MC

The Gold Coast AFL Grassroots Sports Luncheon will once again feature a line-up of outstanding speakers and sportsmen. Once again, and by popular demand, Australia’s most popular comic entertainer Vince Sorrenti will host the event

Vince Sorrenti – Host & Guest Comedian

In terms of comic entertainment, Vince Sorrenti is in a class of his own. One of Australia’s best-known and leading comic entertainers, Vince is in demand for everything from after dinner speaking to product launches, sports hospitality, awards ceremonies and any manner of corporate, fundraising, sporting or public event. Sorrenti performs around 200 shows a year in Australia and overseas. For premier events, there is one comic or hosting option that shines – Vince Sorrenti.

Vince’s performances at major sporting events such as the AXA AFL Grand Final Breakfast to the Alan Border Medal; from the Bledisloe Cup to the Rugby League State of Origin; from the Clipsal 500 to the One Day Cricket Final are all legendary and we can’t wait to see him host and perform once again at the Grassroots Sports Luncheon. His performance at every Grassroots’ event have been sensational and a significant factor in the event’s overwhelming success.

Guest Speaker

Darren Carr

Darren Carr is a very funny man. At the tender age of eight, Darren Carr started playing with dolls and talking to himself. Luckily for him, coming from a show business background, this was not only considered to be quite normal, but actually encouraged. 

Nowadays, Darren is recognized throughout the industry as Australia's Number One Ventriloquist performing with his cast of hilarious characters at numerous corporate functions, special events, nightclubs, and theatres, worldwide. 

Darren has been honored with numerous entertainment awards including several as “Australian Performer of the Year”. He has also twice accepted invitations to appear as a headliner at the International Ventriloquist Convention in the USA and has appeared on Channel 9’s “Footy Show”, the Comedy Channels “Stand Up Australia”, and on CBS “60 Minutes”.

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

Sports Panel

Barry Hall

Barry Hall is considered to be one of the best forwards of the modern era, being named All Australian, leading his club's goal kicking on eleven occasions and captaining the Sydney Swans to their 2005 Grand Final victory.

In July 2011 Hall created history by becoming the first player to kick 100 goals for three different AFL teams (St. Kilda, Sydney & Western Bulldogs)

Hall began his career at St Kilda where he twice led the club's goal kicking. He is best known for his career with the Sydney Swans. He was one of the Swans best players during his time at the club, topping the club goal kicking from 2002 to 2008 and co-captaining the side between 2005 and 2007.

A former junior boxing champion, Hall’s gained a reputation for on field aggression and became one of the most feared players on the field.

After retiring from football, Hall was quickly snapped up for a role in the media and now provides commentary for Fox Footy. In 2015 he made a highly popular appearance on the reality television show, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!” It was this appearance, alongside former English cricketer ‘Freddy’ Flintoff, that the Australian public saw a softer side of Hall.

Alastair Lynch

A three-time premiership full forward for the Brisbane Lions, Alastair Lynch actually began his career in defense, where he became a Club Champion, for the former Fitzroy Football Club.

In 1993 he was acknowledged as one of the league's best players with All Australian selection. Lynch left Fitzroy to join the Brisbane Bears (now Lions) and ultimately became Club Captain. With the merger of his former club Fitzroy and Brisbane, Lynch rejoined with former teammates and became co club captain in 2007 alongside Michael Voss.

Following a long battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which threatened his career, Lynch returned after many years and returned to outstanding form and he became part of Brisbane Lions' celebrated premiership winning formula.

Richard Champion

Like Vince Sorrenti, ‘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 four years including Robert DiPierdomenico, ‘Spida’Everitt, Kevin Sheedy, Campbell Brown, Jonathan Brown, Dermott Brereton, Malcolm Blight, Doug Hawkins & Rodney Eade.

Champs interview with Brereton and Jonathan Brown was a highlight of the Grassroots event and he is set to have a bunch of entertaining and controversial questions to throw at this year’s panel.