If Kevin Sheedy has one single vision it is for Australia to be an ever better country than it already is.
“We are an amazing lot of people, we Australians” he wrote in his memoir Stand Your Ground.
“We are drawn from all over the world to this massive island where we have created a democracy, an economy, a community that is the envy of the world.”
Kevin believes that maintaining that requires us to embrace even more people from around the world - looking to double our population.
And he believes that instead of thinking of ourselves as Victorians, New SouthWelshpeople, Queenslanders, or Catholics or Protestants, or Christians and Muslims, we should all think of ourselves as Australians first and foremost.
“Just imagine how much more we could have achieved already if Sydney and Melbourne weren’t always fighting against each other,” he said.
“For years, before the days of cars and cheap air tickets, anyone who wanted to travel between Sydney and Melbourne had to change trains at the border because both States opted for different gauges.
“And just to make it more of a mess, so did the people in Queensland and South Australia.
“Imagine how much time was lost doing that, and if time is money, how much money was lost.
“We do have it good here, but it can be so much better, so long as we all work together.”
There is another Kevin Sheedy vision – playing for four points in the United States.
“People will say there goes Kevin again,” he says.
“But it’s already happened in New Zealand.
“As aeroplanes get faster, it is not beyond imagining that we will be able to fly to the West Coast, play a game in San Francisco against the Californian Cougars, then fly home to play Collingwood the next week.
“When the Reverend James Naismith and his mates invented the game of basketball late in the 18th century, I bet no one thought that the game would produce one of the most famous athletes ever in Michael Jordan.
"When you have a game as exiciting as ours, there's no reason to think it won't one day dominate the world.
“You’ve got to start, you’ve got to believe, you’ve got to look a lot further than the first horizon, whether it’s as a country, or as a sport.”