Zach Merrett

Zach Merrett has experienced quite a lot in his 23 years.

Growing up in a small town in rural Victoria, Zach played all sports that were on offer. The younger of 2 boys, both were never far away from any sport. Growing up with a mum that ‘was a bit different’ has its challenges in small towns. Zach’s mum has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has had all of his life.

Zach learnt from a very young age the benefits of accepting people for whom they are, not what they can or cannot do. It also became very apparent that typically the only barriers that genuinely restrict us are the barriers that we place on ourselves.  

Initially, it was cricket that saw Zach excel to the point of representing his state and being offered a scholarship to attend Melbourne Grammar School.

Being around students who excelled in scholarly terms opened up Zach’s eyes as to what was possible for him through his schooling. 

He completed his education at Grammar, graduating with ATAR score that he would never have thought possible had he stayed in his home town of Cobden.

While at Grammar, Zach’s other great sporting love of Australian Rules Football was developing strongly. He was selected as a member of the Victorian Country representative team and to be chosen by Essendon with number 26 in the 2013 National Draft.

Setting his sights high, Zach was determined to debut in round 1 which he achieved.

At the age of 20, Zach was elected as one of the youngest ever people to captain Essendon in a game.

Among his achievement this far, Zach has been awarded as an All- Australian representative, has represented Australia, and been a Best & Fairest at Essendon where he now serves as the clubs vice-captain.  

Zach is an ambassador for the MS Society and was awarded a grant by the AFL to donate to MS for his efforts.

Zach presents a very raw, sometimes emotional and candid workshop where he shares insights and tips as to how he is pursuing and achieving his goals.

Zach is ever striving to pursue opportunities that can improve prospects for his future. Zach has recently studied at Harvard University – Managing yourself and leading others as well as attending the Sports Leaders Performance Summit – London.

Zach has elected to aim this workshop for students between Years 10 and 12. Zach believes and understands that this time frame shapes many of the opportunities (or limitations) that are possible for individuals going forward. Attendees will walk away inspired by themselves, with a clarity not yet experienced for goals they possess and most importantly with confidence to achieve.

Zach has also tailored a workshop for Corporate clients.