Hawthorn premiership star Campbell Brown, now known for his much-loved personality on both television and radio.
Originating from Perth, Brown is the son of AFL player and 2004 West Australian Football league Hall of Fame inductee, Mal Brown. After moving to Melbourne, Campbell attended Scotch College in Hawthorn and before being drafted in 2001 played for the Oakleigh Chargers. After a victorious AFL career, Campbell and his wife Jess now live on a couple of acres outside of Melbourne. They welcomed their first son Boston, to the world in October 2017.
As an AFL Premiership and All-Australian player, Brown’s fearless attack on the ball made him a player to be reckoned with at Hawthorn and one of the key figures in the inaugural Gold Coast Suns side. Drafted by Hawthorn at the 2001 NAB AFL Draft with selection 32, he quickly made his name as a tough-as-nails defender for the Hawks, becoming a regular fixture in their back half. In 2007, Brown moved to Centre Half Back where his competitiveness allowed him to compete against forwards with a significant size advantage. Brown excelled in the role and was rewarded with inclusion in the All-Australian team and was a vote from winning the Hawks Best and Fairest. The following year, Brown was instrumental in Hawthorn’s Premiership win over Geelong, which saw him play a role in the forward line in the closing weeks of the season with superb effect. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Brown made the move to the Gold Coast Suns, where he was influential in their inaugural season. He captured the essence of the year in his season diary ‘The Rise of The Suns’ (published by Slattery Media Group).
Campbell Brown is a much-loved personality on both television and radio where he is at ease in front of the microphone. Brown has featured on Seven’s prime time show Talking Footy, as well as Saturday’s pre-game show The Kick. He has also thrived in his red-carpet hosting roles at multiple Brownlow’s and Logies’. In recent years, Campbell has turned his focus and media career to covering horse racing. You can tune into Campbell providing his insights on horse racing each Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday on SEN’s newest station ‘SEN Trackside’. This year, in line with his growing involvement in the racing industry, Campbell was named the 2020 Melbourne Racing Club Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Ambassador.
Off-field, Brown still plays an active role for the Hawthorn Footy Club as a club ambassador working with their sponsorship team and corporate partners. He is also an ambassador for the EJ Whitten Foundation and prior to its closure supported The Shane Warne Foundation raising funds to help the lives of seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia. In July 2015, Brown undertook the challenge to swim the English Channel to raise funds for The Shane Warne Foundation. The 32km swim, that was 18 months in the making, came to a heartbreaking and premature end when wild weather swept in after 6 hours in the water. By the time it was declared too rough to continue, Brown had been swimming for 9 hours where he made barely any ground in the last 3 hours. He has continued to pursue physical challenges to test himself running a Marathon in Antarctica in 2018 and climbing to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019. Brown’s efforts in swimming the English Channel raised more than $100,000 for The Shane Warne Foundation – a truly fantastic achievement.
All my life the only thing I have ever wanted to do, is to be involved in sport. It has been an absolute privilege being involved in the game I grew up loving for the last 20 years, as a player and more recently a commentator.
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