Rick is proud Dad to Taylah (20) and Mitchell (18). Mitchell has autism spectrum disorder and attends St Patrick’s Special School. Through his personal experience as a family carer, Rick has become a strong advocate on many disability issues including the provision of services for people with autism.
Rick is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Count Me In Foundation. CMI is a not-for-profit organisation, with charity status, operating in South Australia. It is founded and majority managed by people with disability.
CMI believes that by including people with a disability and their carers in the management, design and delivery of universal design principles in public places and buildings, we will create a better and more participant driven community.
Rick is passionate about South Australia, the Norwood Football Club (NFC) and the Parade precinct of the Norwood Community. He played in 3 premierships for the NFC in the SANFL competition in; Under 19, League and League Reserve levels. He continues to enjoy an active connection with the club, including as Board Member of the NFC, Board Member of the Redlegs Foundation, member of the Past Players Committee and History Committee. Rick served as the Club Physiotherapist for 15 years after retiring from the game in 1987 and was awarded a Life Membership of the NFC.
Rick worked in the private health industry as an accredited APA Sports Physiotherapist and was a partner of the Wakefield Sports clinic for 20 years. He was president of the Australian Sports Federation Education Committee and served for many years on the Private Practitioner Group Committee (SA Branch). Rick has post graduate qualifications in Acupuncture, Financial Investment and Business Management.
Rick is also Dignity Party President, and is an active spokesperson for the organisation. He stood as candidate in the electorate of Dunstan (formerly Norwood) in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 SA.
Count Me In Foundation
Being a Dad
Value Adding to the Community
My Life in South Australian Football
Throughout his presentation Rick will raise awareness of his charity of choice Count Me In Foundation and he will donate at least 10% of his speaking fee to Count Me In Foundation www.countmein.com.au