Australian Identity Project

Presented by: Jonathan Fanggidae

Steve Waugh (Australian of the year 2004) Profile

Full name: Stephen Rodger Waugh

Born: June 2, 1965, Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age: 48 years

Major achievement: The most successful Test skipper in the history of the game of cricket

Major teams: Australia, Ireland, Kent, New South Wales, Somerset

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Steve Waugh Australian of the year 2004

Steve Waugh was recognised for his contribution to sport, humanitarian causes and charity.

Waugh's award, while mainly in recognition of his cricketing genius (he was the first player to score 150 runs against every cricket playing nation and has 32 test centuries) also commends his charity work. He is closely involved with the Udayan orphanage in India, a home for young lepers.

Steve Waugh Honor Roll

  • * On 3 February 2009 Steve Waugh became the 30th cricketer inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
  • * Waugh was awarded the Australian Sports Medal on 14 July 2000.
  • * He was awarded the Australian of the yearaward in 2004, for his cricketing feats also for his work with charities, most noticeably, Udayan Home in Barrackpore, India, helping children suffering with leprosy.
  • * In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), "for service to cricket as a leading player, and to the community, particularly through the Udayan children's home".
  • * He is an Australian Living Treasure.
  • Steve Waugh Foundation

    Steve Waugh Foundation Australia

    The Vimeo above demonstrates just how many lives Steve Waugh has touched.

    Steve Waugh is world renowned for his sporting achievements, business acumen and commitment to philanthropy. His achievements have, and continue, to earn him accolades, recognition and awards worldwide.

    For the young hopefuls of tomorrow and the veterans of yesterday, Steve Waugh will forever be a sporting legend. But the former Australian Test captain says he stopped being a cricketer the moment he hung up his baggy green.

    Speaking about his Philanthropy, Steve says meeting Mother Teresa was the inspiration he needed to devote his life to charity.

    For years during Australian tours he felt overwhelmed and helpless. The opportunity, however, to meet with noted humanitarian Mother Teresa added a fresh perspective. Here was a tiny, frail lady, bent over with arthritis, slowly shuffling around, oblivious to her own ills and championing the welfare of others. "There was a calming aura about her," Waugh said. "When you were in her presence you definitely felt more serene and peaceful."

    Steve Waugh is not only an extraordinary cricketer, but also a sensitive and warm human being with a hand that reaches out to the needy.