Gambling Prevention Briefings with David Schwarz
Know when to walk away – Understand and recognise the symptoms of problem gambling.
Gambling Prevention Seminar
David Schwarz , better known as the The Ox from the Melbourne Football Club will share his experience with gambling addiction and tell his story about the road to recovery.
If you or a loved one are experiencing issues with gambling and need immediate support call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858.
This service is free for ETU members, their families and all Victorian union members.
Duration: 1 hour
Location: The Centre for U – Level 3, 200 Arden Street, North Melbourne Victoria
David Schwarz, better known as The Ox, played 173 games with the Melbourne Football Club over a 12 year period. Born in Beechworth and playing his junior footy at Sunbury, he was invited to Melbourne as a fourteen-year-old and remained there until he retired in 2002. He won a Best and Fairest in 1999 and represented Victoria in the same year.
After retirement, it was apparent that David had an addiction to gambling and subsequently lost over $4.5million. In 2003, he met his now wife Karen and in 2005 he gave up punting and started life again.
Understanding he needed to change his life, he found work on radio station 1116 SEN and special comments with Channel 7, as well as being a Responsible Gambling Ambassador for Australian Leisure and Hospitality (ALH).
Over the next 12 years, he was able to repay all moneys owing and has been free of gambling. He has now worked with the AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia to help with Responsible Gambling programs. David’s program with ALH was recognised on the world stage, winning Best Responsible Gambling Program in 2015.
After being sacked from SEN in 2017, he then started with Macquarie Sports Radio where he is a Drive host along with Mark Allen.
David also owns the successful business Supatramp which now has 5 venues across Australia.
David is currently married with two children, and strives to remain gambling free for the rest of his life.
Eligibility – Support Services
To access Support Services for free, you must be:
- A financial ETU member (includes suspended up to six (6) months)
- An ETU member for more than three (3) months
- A family member (of an eligible ETU member) who fits the definition
- A member of a Victorian union
For more information read our Eligibility Policy
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