Rick Olarenshaw

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Rick Olarenshaw
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Personal information
Date of birth (1973-02-01) 1 February 1973 (age 44)
Original team(s) Keilor
Debut Round 3, 12 April 1993, Essendon
vs. Collingwood, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993—1998 Essendon 77 (14)
1999—2000 Collingwood 05 0(0)
2001 Kangaroos 01 0(0)
Total 83 (14)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2001.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Rick Olarenshaw (born 1 February 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

He was formerly a boundary rider for Network Seven until being replaced by Matthew Richardson.

Playing career[edit]


Olarenshaw was recruited from Keilor in 1990 to the Essendon Football Club, where he won the under-19s best and fairest in 1991. He made his senior AFL debut in 1993 with the Bombers and enjoyed a quick rise that year. The left-foot wingman was an important player in the 1993 Bombers premiership side (known as the "Baby Bombers").

Over the following seasons he suffered numerous injuries, particularly to his rib and back,[1] but he went on to enjoy a good season in 1997.

Later career/trades[edit]

Olarenshaw was traded to Collingwood (instead of his preferred club, the Kangaroos) at the end of 1998 after agreeing to leave Essendon. Olarenshaw was disillusioned by the new surroundings at Collingwood and suffered injuries that restricted him to just five games with the club. [2] At the end of 2000, he was traded to the Kangaroos, but he managed only one game before announcing his retirement in 2001.

Post-playing career[edit]

Olarenshaw is the managing director and 50% owner of Athletes One. He trained and practised as a physiotherapist. Following the 2009 AFL Season he was sacked as Channel 7's boundary rider and replaced with Matthew Richardson. Since 2008 Olarenshaw has been the footy expert on the Grubby and Dee Dee Breakfast Show, weekday mornings on Melbourne FM radio station, Gold 104.3.


He went on to study finance post-grad and was head-hunted by the UK head office of Athletes One to start up an Australian operation four years ago. His client list of 75 includes footballer Jason Akermanis, cricketers Michael Hussey, Darren Lehmann and David Hussey, and athletes Tamsyn Lewis and Scott Martin.[3]


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