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Greg CHAMPION (2000)

Greg Champion

Born in Benalla Victoria and raised in South Australia, Champs is Australia's leading writer of AFL and cricket songs, with several Aussie Rules hit songs since the 1980s.

His musical diversity however, extends beyond the sports fields to include more moving and descriptive pieces capturing the emotion of Australian life in the way John Williamson, Eric Bogle and Ted Egan are renowned for.

Growing up in Adelaide, Champs moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 1979. By 1980, he had met with success and his career took off as front man with ground-breaking Melbourne rock band The Fabulaires, and The Young Homebuyers, performing with Australian legends Wayne Burt (Black Sorrows, JoJo Zep), JJ Hackett (Stars, Mondo Rock) and later, in the '80s, with Wayne Duncan and Ross Hannaford, both of Daddy Cool.

In 1983, Champs drifted into radio with the now legendary Coodabeen Champions, which has since become an institution on commercial and ABC radio over an amazing 29 years.

Parallel to his parody and comedy work and growing reputation as a radio personality and entertainer, Champs rose to national prominence in 1986 with the release of the  single I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum's.

This widely-played tune was subsequently included as the leading track on an Australia All Over album from ABC's Ian "Macca" McNamara, which sold over 150,000 copies. In 1995, Channel 7 took up his anthem 'That's The Thing About Football' as a theme for their AFL broadcasts over several years.

Meanwhile, Champs continues to pursue his career in the Aussie Country Music and Folk scenes as a leading Australiana songwriter and performer - having collected a number of key industry awards and nominations since 1994.

Forging his own distinctive path through the Australian musical landscape, it's been said of Champs that he has contributed to the fabric of Australian culture.

1994 – Golden Guitar for Video Track of the Year with “May Your Fridge be Full of Coldies”.

2000 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inducted into the Hands of fame in Tamworth.

2008 – People’s Choice Awards – Career Achievement Award.