Rowland McGabhann

Motivational, Business

Rowland delivers powerful, life changing yet light-hearted presentations. Combining the principles of martial arts and mental focus of the mind, his audiences learn how to create powerful psychologies for success and achievement.

Rowland’s fun and unique highly interactive presentation will leave the audience with the belief that anything is possible, his ability to impact on them and the changes he implements will stay with them for a long time. He has a natural ability to teach individuals and teams how to motivate and empower themselves through the way they apply and relate mental focus & physical exercise to their personal and professional lives.

He has accumulated his vast experience and expertise as communicator and physical educator. With an impressive background, a life long dedication to sports and physical fitness, and an incredible life story to go with it.

Rowland’s audiences enjoy the natural charm of this Irish man mixed with adventure and excitement and a personal journey many can only dream about. The man in question will reveal his secret on how he turned misery into opportunity through his streetwise approach to life.

A former Irish national and international sporting champion, stuntman and entrepreneur he has lived and competed in some of the most exotic places in the world. To do this, he had to overcome a tough upbringing in the rough neighbourhoods of post war Dublin.

In his mid twenties, a rare crippling disease that immobilised his limbs brought his world championship career to an abrupt halt. Doctors advised him that he would at best regain 60% of the use of his arms and legs and never compete again. Within two years, Rowland defied the odds, not only taught himself to walk again, but to compete and beat his peers.

Rowland has trained sports teams and individuals in achieving peak performances at critical times. Rowland McGabhann CPEI, APS, is a Physical education instructor and has studied biochemistry and behavioral psychology.

Rowland’s sporting achievements include:

  • Boxing (Irish State Champion).
  • Barefoot Water-Skiing.
  • Irish champion for 10 years undefeated.
  • Held the European jump record.
  • Ranked in top 10 in Europe.
  • Competed in 10 successive world championships.
  • Twenty years of Martial Arts experience holding a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Rowland, a member of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA), (APS) delivers powerful, life changing yet lighthearted presentations. Combining the principles of martial arts and mental focus of the mind, his audiences learn how to create powerful psychologies for success and achievement.


  • Stress - understanding and control.
  • Time Management.
  • Vision, Dreams & Direction.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Handling Change.


Stimulating tests and exercises both physical and mental covering:

  • Team building.
  • Problem solving.
  • Managing time.
  • Stress - understanding and resolving.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Confidence.
  • People skills - what makes us tick?
  • Understanding the impact our mental state has on our performance.

The benefit to you, the client, is that this can be accommodated indoors or outdoors therefore allowing far more scope in choosing a venue for all seasons. All that is required is a reasonable size room (e.g. ballroom or function room) or an external area of a reasonable size. All equipment would be provided. Participants would be required to come in casual comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to participate!


"Rowland was excellent! He was entertaining, had people out of their seat and left us with a positive message."
Hannah Trevilyan - First National Real Estate

“Thank you for your motivating and humorous presentation. It was without doubt the perfect way to end a two-day seminar. The audience participation had them sitting on the edge of their seats, as you promised it would. I have no hesitation in recommending you for future presentations.”
PPG Industries Australia Pty Ltd

“The results were excellent and your presentation was entertaining and highly motivational. Your unique style of interaction with the audience was fun while at the same time contained a good balance of “mental training”, “motivation” and “challenge”. The feedback from the audience was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.”
SA Local Government Finance Manager’s Group Seminar Committee

“I believe the strength of the sessions was Rowland’s ability to introduce information in a non-threatening, enjoyable manner and also to structure the sessions according to his audience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the services of Rowland McGabhann.”
The Parks – Sports and Fitness Centre

“Feedback received has been excellent, with the teams leaving the meeting feeling extremely motivated and energized. All in all the objective of this presentation, re: focus, was truly achieved. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.”
Roche Products Pty Ltd

“You are simply great.”
Kevin Sheedy, Coach Essendon Football Club

“The standing ovation from a notoriously demanding audience is testimonial enough for your talent as an inspiring speaker, simply inspirational and highly recommended.”
Natalie Berndt, Sales manager, Nutrimetics International

“Your personal success story combined with fun and humour relates well to our audiences and certainly lifts the spirit in the room, exactly the kind of atmosphere that we like to create.”
Rye Mill Bakery

“We found the mental exercises you showed us all invaluable. As well as the many words of wisdom, and the way to change our thinking and approach to obstacles. In these challenging times it is imperative to be mentally strengthened to meet our goals.”
Roche Pharmaceuticals

“Comments received from members of the audience were that Rowland was inspiring, interesting and funny. People loved listening to him and would have liked him to continue for longer than we’d organized.”
City of West Torrens

“Rowland was perfect for the first thing in the morning wake up. He had them up and active and feeling positive.”
Waldron Smith Management for NIBA 2002

“Excellent feedback (from audience members), comments included ‘life changing’, ‘good to get back to basics & to know how easy it is’, ‘shot in the arm after a long day’, ‘very motivational, interesting and funny’.”
SA Dept of Justice Services Division

“Very impressed at their ability to put mind over matter and ‘break the board’.”
Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce

“We found the session as a whole to be fun and interactive with a great message - the importance of trying to achieve a good balance in life can never be overstated.”

“Rowland delivered an outstanding session. Rowland has an incredible skill in encouraging people to push their personal boundaries to achieve feats they previously felt impossible. Quite simply, Rowland is a highly skilled, excellent motivator.”
University of SA