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Rick Olarenshaw
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Personal information
Birth 1 February 1973 (1973-02-01) (age 36)
Recruited from Keilor
Height and weight 182cm / 80kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 3, 12 April 1993, Essendon vs. Collingwood, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Team(s) Essendon (1993—98)

77 games, 14 goals

Collingwood (1999—2000)

5 games, 0 goals

Kangaroos (2001)

1 game, 0 goals

Total - 83 games, 14 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2006 season
Career highlights

Rick Olarenshaw (born 1 February 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

He was formerly a boundary rider for Network Seven until being replaced by Matthew Richardson.


Playing career



Olarenshaw was recruited from Keilor in 1990 to the Essendon Football Club, where he won the under-19s best and fairest in 1991. He made his senior AFL debut in 1993 with the Bombers and enjoyed a quick rise that year. The left-foot wingman was an important player in the 1993 Bombers premiership side (known as the "Baby Bombers").

Over the following seasons he suffered numerous injuries, particularly to his rib and back,[1] but he went on to enjoy a good season in 1997.

Later career/trades

Olarenshaw was traded to Collingwood (instead of his preferred club, the Kangaroos) at the end of 1998 after agreeing to leave Essendon. Olarenshaw was disillusioned by the new surroundings at Collingwood and suffered injuries that restricted him to just five games with the club. [2] At the end of 2000, he was traded to the Kangaroos, but he managed only one game before announcing his retirement in 2001.

Post-playing career

Olarenshaw is the managing director and 50% owner of Athletes One. He trained and practised as a physiotherapist. Following the 2009 AFL Season he was sacked as Channel 7's boundary rider and replaced with Matthew Richardson.


He went on to study finance post-grad and was head-hunted by the UK head office of Athletes One to start up an Australian operation four years ago. His client list of 75 includes footballer Jason Akermanis, cricketers Michael Hussey, Darren Lehmann and David Hussey, and athletes Tamsyn Lewis and Scott Martin.


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  2. ^, AFL's dark side, The Age, Greg Baum, October 8, 2005.

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