Listening to the soothing hold music while waiting to be transferred over to Eddie McGuire offers a moment to reflect on how jam-packed his schedule must be.
His presence is everywhere – morning radio, nightly game shows, Herald Sun columns and commentating gigs – and that’s just the media. He is President of the Collingwood Football Club and the Melbourne Stars, sits on numerous boards and has his own media business. He is a husband, a father and, when he finds a moment, a fan of a round of golf and an ambassador for the Portsea Golf Club.
Perhaps our planned opening question on what a typical day looks like in his shoes needs to be rethought – odds are in ‘Eddie Everywhere’s’ world there is no such thing.
As predicted, McGuire’s days start early, finish late and present any number of events, filming commitments, meetings and issues in between.
“On any particular day I start at 4.30 in the morning for Triple Ms hot breakfast, then I’ll have meetings at Collingwood and my own business at McGuire Media. I could be hosting ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ – we do six episodes in a day twice a fortnight, I sit on the Board of Victorian Major Events, I sit on the Board of the State Library of Victoria, I’m President of the Melbourne Stars and I’ve got two kids and a wife. It’s nonstop… every day there is something happening. It’s 6pm and I’m still going to another meeting now,” McGuire describes.
An authority on anything AFL, McGuire has been involved with the sport for over 30 years and has turned the fortunes of the Collingwood footy club around since being at the helm. Such investment in his club sees the outcome of a match impacting him a little more than most.
“If we win I feel very relaxed, if we lose I feel very stressed. I suppose it’s a bit different for me going to the football these days. I try to make sure that the cheer squad is happy and the 75,000 members are okay. If you look around there’s a bit more at stake than just turning up, buying a pie and watching the footy.”
With such a long and active involvement in the sporting world, McGuire is well versed on the need to maintain good nutrition, regular exercise and balance in his daily life.
“It’s a cliché but the most valuable thing you can have in your life is health. We all get tired but we all know that you sleep better when you train, you feel better, you lose weight, your self esteem goes up, so it’s ridiculous that there are times when you can’t find time for it.”
When it comes to his family, McGuire and his wife lead by example to instill the importance of good health and regular exercise in their two boys.
“It’s all about getting the kids to understand that food is the fuel for your body. If you want to be able to play good sport and be awake in the classroom and feel good about yourself, the best way to do it is to eat properly and to exercise. It’s pretty straightforward.”
Downtime for McGuire and his family is mostly spent down the coast at Portsea, where great restaurants, beautiful beaches and the golf club provide an ideal spot to unwind post-season.
Hosting roles at the Australian Masters and Presidents Cup have seen McGuire lucky enough to tee off in casual games alongside Tiger Woods and Greg Norman and he says he handles the nerves by ‘slowing his swing, lowering his head and hoping for the best.’
Much more than that, for McGuire, golf is a sport that can be played at any age and offers a way to spend time with your kids in a competitive environment when you get too old to kick the footy. His association with the Mercure Portsea Golf Club and Resort is a reflection of his interest in the game along with its magnificent facilities, clubhouse accommodation and spectacular course.
“It’s a wonderful family environment and it gives you the perfect opportunity to get a great lifestyle as well as some family time and some sport all rolled into one.”
Find out more information about the Portsea Golf Club here.