Wayne Schwass

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Wayne Schwass
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-11-27) 27 November 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth New Zealand
Original team(s) South Warrnambool
Height/Weight 180 cm / 80 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
North Melbourne
Sydney Swans
184 0(97)
098 0(57)
282 (154)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2002 season.
Career highlights

Wayne Schwass (born 27 November 1968) is a former Australian rules football player in the VFL/AFL who debuted in 1988.

He is notable as one of only a few New Zealand-born players of Māori heritage[1] in the history of the VFL/AFL.

Schwass moved from New Zealand at the age of 10 to Warrnambool in Victoria, Australia area where he began playing Australian Rules before being recruited by VFL club Kangaroos.

"Schwatter" was a champion wingman, known for his blistering pace and courage who played in the Kangaroos' 1996 premiership side before becoming a leader in the Sydney Swans side.

In 2006, Schwass announced that he had suffered from depression during his successful AFL career. Since his retirement he has set up The Sunrise Foundation to help other athletes who suffer from depression.[2]

He is now an AFL commentator for Triple M on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons

In 2012, Schwass was a player coach for the New Zealand representative AFL side, the NZ Hawks, against the Australian AIS-AFL Academy team.[3] He has long been a great supporter and ambassador for the game in New Zealand which has had several AFL and a large number of Australian State league players play in the past five years.


  1. ^ Māori overseas – Retaining Māori culture in Australia – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  2. ^ "Men in Blue". The Bulletin. 7 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  3. ^ De Kretser, Chris (31 January 2013). "Wayne Schwass helps New Zealand against AIS-AFL Academy team in Wellington". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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Preceded by
Wayne Carey
North Melbourne Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Wayne Carey
Preceded by
Michael O'Loughlin
Sydney Swans Best and Fairest
Succeeded by
Andrew Schauble