Melinda is an ideal choice as a guest speaker for those looking for someone who has worked hard to achieve at the highest levels whilst being able to relate her approach to success to a broad range of subject matter and issues.

As a corporate guest speaker Melinda is engaging and insightful as she shares both the highs and lows of her career. Providing the listener with inspiration to deal with their own challenges in life.

In addition Melinda is particularly interested in encouraging children to be motivated and healthy regularly speaking to school groups and sporting teams.

Melinda is an experienced MC having hosted numerous events over the years for her sponsors, sporting bodies, corporates and the media.

Being a country girl at heart, Melinda’s down to earth, unaffected and natural demeanour offers a perspective of success that is not often seen today.

For bookings and enquiries contact Alison Shier at 


Since retiring Melinda has been active in a number of media roles her extensive experience includes:

  • Stawell Gift Co – Commentator 2016-2019
  • Fortnightly appearances on Fox Sports & Bill & Boz 2017 – 2019
  • 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Host Broadcaster commentary team Track & Field
  • 2012 London Olympic Games Channel 9 & Fox Sports Track & Field Commentator
  • Commentator for the Qantas Australian Athletics Tour for 2011/1012/2013
  • Regular guest panelist ABC Grandstand, Foxtel Back Page
  • Appearances on Fox Sports News and the NRL Footy Show
  • Commentator 2011 City to Surf Network Ten
  • 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Network Ten commentator Track & Field
  • 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games part of an expert panel for Channel 7 Sunrise cov


“I can only speak highly of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor as a person, a speaker and as a workshop presenter. She is entirely professional, but natural and grounded in her approach. Melinda was an absolute ‘hit’ at our recent Small School’s Conference – her knowledge, content, skills, personality and general approach were outstanding!”

Vicki Quast
Curriculum K-6 Consultant
Best Start, New England Region

“Melinda has a remarkable ability to command a room with her story of hard work and sheer determination to become a champion in her chosen field and a much-loved media personality. She makes you feel like you were there with her through all the highlights and disappointments – a true champion in her career and spirit.”

Trish Noakes Director
Just Better Care

“Melinda was fantastic and the feedback that I have had from the girls has been overwhelming. She really was an inspiration to all of them”

Alison Stevens
Supervisor of Girls, Cromer Campus

“To say Mel was a delight would be an understatement. She was brilliant and it was an absolute pleasure working with her and having her on board for the School Spectacular”

Prue Hamill
Senior Producer, Nine Network