We know we know haha. But this one is a little different.
'A Whole New Ballgame'
spawned from our frustration and concern over the number of negative stories about athletes who had major struggles during their transition out of professional sport.
We get it, many do it tough and there IS a story there, BUT....
We felt it important to current day athletes, associations, clubs and fans that we highlight some of the positive stories from some of your favourite sporting stars.
We interview some of our greatest ever retired athletes who have made a successful transition into post sport life.
We discuss their sporting career, the challenges they faced along the way, what inspired their career path and how the skills and attributes honed in the sporting arena have helped influence their current success.
It's not all glitz and glam or shits and giggles, but nor will you find any hard luck stories here. It's all positive and designed to entertain, inspire and educate fans and current day athletes.
Check out the episodes below or head over to your preferred podcast platform to search and subscribe to
'A Whole New Ballgame'.
HUGE thanks to all our guests for being so open, honest, and concerned about the transition space and what it means to the mental health and wellbeing of today's stars as they look to the future outside their game.
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Thanks for listening.
AB explains the philosophy behind our podcast, and what drove the team to engage in this project.
It was awesome to catch up with Essendon star JJ for our first episode of AWNB. We discuss footy, the Bombers 2000 AFL premiership (and the one that got away!), a passion for food, business and a love for golf. JJ shares the challenges and triumphs in sport and business in this entertaining and engaging chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Talk about inspiring!!! WOW! We chat to the first ever 5x Winter Olympian about her trailblazing career, bridging 'the gap', Olympic gold, following a strong vision and the elements that have led to her success on the slopes, and the business world. It's honest, open and 100% Lydia. Enjoy.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
We caught up with one of Australia's most recognisable athletes as he was enjoying the heat in his home of the last 8 years, Bali. We discuss Michael's amazing career in the pool, the journey that lead him to Olympic gold and multiple world records before his transition into business owner and CEO. It's a fun chat, please enjoy.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
In this episode I caught up with Carlton FC cult hero Dennis Armfield. Known for his dynamic and exciting play, Dennis is so much more than a footballer. He is passionate about helping people be the best version of themselves and shares his interesting and inspiring story about his AFL career, and the transition into the world of business. Enjoy.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
A great chat with this dual Olympian, gold medalist and entrepreneur. From 'Shepp' in Victoria to the peak of her sport we talk about what it was like to be a part of that Hockeyroo dynasty. Now based in the nation's capital, Lou runs a great online business as she balances family, her professional life and the need to give back. Enjoy.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
A great chat with 4x Olympian and possibly the most famous gold medalist of them all. It's a colourful and inspiring tale of hard work, success and hindsight. There's a lot more to skating, and Steven Bradbury than you might think. It was a privilege to speak with him and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Bomber great Sean Wellman joins me for this super enjoyable episode. It's a chat loaded with perspective, lessons learned and valuable tips from his personal experience moving from the life of a professional AFL player to running his own financing business. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
For a 4x Olympian in rowing and member of the Oarsome Foursome, Drew has a LOT of very entertaining stories out of the boat (not the least of which is that famous Goulburn Valley campaign!). Talking to Drew it's little wonder he's in high demand and now helping Cricket Australia reclaim i's position as #1., Enjoy the chat. Cheers.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
So this one is a little different! Imagine...you're a Comm Games gold medalist and Olympian before you're old enough to have a beer at the pub!? Steph has an amazing story and brilliant outlook on sport, family and life after gymnastics. Having found her calling working with Gymnastics Australia, she's going from strength to strength. Enjoy this fun chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Want to talk transition? Best known as captain of A-League side Melbourne Victory, Adrian Leijer played at the highest level in no less than 4 countries. We discuss the journey, what it takes to get to the top in 'The World Game' and how an internship with global giant Adidas has become a fulfilling career where Adrian can assist next gen athletes. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Kick back and relax, this is a great story. Dean Brady is a former pro-surfer employed by Rip Curl to surf the best breaks in the world in the search for the perfect wave for the perfect photo. From the best job to according to Google the worst, we discuss Dean's journey and how he landed back in the ocean with his awesome business. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
When your sport finally becomes an Olympic event and you win the first ever gold in your home Olympic Games, you're on a winner. This is a great chat with an Aussie and world Taekwondo champ. We look at the journey, the commitment and success of Lauren's career and how she's giving back to the athletes of today. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
An Olympian in one of the toughest sports going around, it's no wonder Toby now makes his living helping others achieve their own version of high performance. We discuss the journey from high school pools to the bright lights of the 2004 Athens Olympics and how Toby now finds personal fulfilment through business and family. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
How does a shy girl who prefers not to perform in front of people end up a dual Olympian in a sport where every move is scrutinised to within an inch of its life?? Georgia has experienced the highest highs and some fairly low lows too. Now a coach in her own right, Georgia shares her journey, the struggle with retirement and how she is managing transition. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
No athlete wants the power to choose retirement taken away from them, and Linley Frame had to deal with this at the peak of her powers. Linley talks openly about the challenges, how hard her coach actually had to work to get her to agree to go to the AIS, her battles with chronic fatigue and what brought her back to the pool. She's an Aussie treasure! Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Smack bang in the middle of her own transition into retirement and parenthood we chat to Nat about her stellar career, the frustrations and challenges within her sport and the huge achievements along the way. Nat's an open book on pretty much everything and reveals some great insights into so much more than just sport, making this episode a 'must hear'. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
Talk about full circle! Today we chat to Rebecca Artis and learn how this girl from Coonabarabran ended up on the European tour winning tournaments with hubby Geoff on the bag, and returned to country NSW post career in the pub game. We give her the 'magic wand' to change one thing to improve the sport and so much more. A fun, insightful and emotional episode. Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW
As refreshing as it gets from an elite athlete when it comes to perspective and gratitude. Kate takes us on her journey from country WA to the Aussie Diamonds and everything in between. Kate shares her memories of selection for the national side, and why she shaves an inch off her height!?! Kate's passion for giving back is obvious in this interview, and has lead to her current role where Kate can do just that! Enjoy the chat.HEAR THIS EPISODE NOW