|Date of birth||27 November 1968|
|Place of birth||New Zealand|
|Original team(s)||South Warrnambool|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1998–2002||Sydney Swans||98 (57)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
"Swatta" was a champion wingman, known for his blistering pace and courage who played in the Kangaroos' 1996 premiership side before becoming a leader in the Sydney Swans side.
In 2006, Schwass announced that he had suffered from depression during his successful AFL career. In 2006, Schwass set up The Sunrise Foundation to help other athletes who suffer from depression. On December 13, 2017, Schwass posted on Twitter an image of himself celebrating when receiving his 1996 premiership medallion with the caption "this is what suicidal looks like". He goes on to describe his smile as "fake" and his feelings of isolation in what was the highlight of his career.
In 2012, Schwass was a player-coach for the New Zealand representative AFL side, the NZ Hawks, against the Australian AIS-AFL Academy team. He has long been a great supporter and ambassador for the game in New Zealand which has had several AFL and numerous Australian State league players play in the past five years.
Schwass is now founder and CEO of PukaUp, a social enterprise who state their vision is "to create the environments for every person to have authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing.” A regular on the public speaking circuit, Schwass also hosts the PukaUp Podcast with PodcastONE. Schwass is still involved with AFL, as a commentator for Triple M on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Māori overseas – Retaining Māori culture in Australia – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- "Men in Blue". The Bulletin. 7 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- WATERWORTH, BEN (14 December 2017). "Wayne Schwass opens up on most difficult period of his life in powerful social media post". FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA. Fox Sports. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
- De Kretser, Chris (31 January 2013). "Wayne Schwass helps New Zealand against AIS-AFL Academy team in Wellington". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- Wayne Schwass' player profile at AFL Tables
- Wayne Schwass's profile on the official website of the Sydney Swans
- 500 ‘Puka Up’ and bring issue of suicide out into the light in Wangaratta community walk