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Episode #36 - Belle Binder

Episode #36 - Belle Binder

September 14, 2022

On this weeks Pod managing Director of farming labour hire company Belle Binder. In our chat she opens up on her journey to get to where she is now and the struggles and lessons she has learnt on the way. We speak about her early life growing up in a housing commission area, her relationship with her family and mental health struggles she developed from a young age which made her time in high school very challenging. She bravely speaks about mistakes and challenges she has had in life including drug use, a failed marriage and coming to breaking point during a time where she thought she wouldn’t see her children again. Belle’s life has been full of lessons and learnings and she is happy to speak out about what she has learnt, how she got through the dark times and the rules she lives her life by these days

Episode #35 - Trent Keep

Episode #35 - Trent Keep

August 31, 2022

On this week’s show, champion cricketer and Latrobe boy Trent Keep. Most will know Trent as the prodigiously talented batsmen who scored tons of runs and was unlucky not to get a start with the Tasmanian Sheffield Shield side. This chat opens up another side to Trent which many don’t know, the young boy who based his self worth on whether he scored runs who eventually grew into a man who at times suffered with crippling anxiety and mental health issues. Trent speaks about his early initiation into cricket, successes and failures which both contributed to his struggles, his darkest days and how he coped with things. We speak about how moving to South Australia became a wake up call to his issues and how moving ‘home’ to Latrobe which first felt like a huge failure, ultimately led to him getting on top of things. This is a fascinating insight into how someone who can seem on top of their game, highly successful and confident can be struggling on the inside.

Episode #34 - Justin ’Gosso’ Gossage

Episode #34 - Justin ’Gosso’ Gossage

August 17, 2022

Gosso joins the pod to speak about his journey through life and his challenges, none more so than giving up alcohol after years of drinking as it was having major impacts on his life. He speaks about the challenges of growing up in a single parent housing commission household and how the pressures of expectation at a young age lead to mental health issues and how alcohol and cigarettes became an escape from this. We speak about his fear of rejection through his experiences and how meeting his real father was a major factor in his life. Gosso gives a great insight into the moment he decided he needed help to overcome his demons and anyone who knows him knows how passionate he is about sports and running in particular. We have a great chat about how life is now and how important the running community is not just to him but to the wider community.

Episode #33 - Nick Haywood

Episode #33 - Nick Haywood

August 3, 2022

Former coastal basketballer, teacher, avid traveller and current North West Thunder coach. Nick Haywood joins the pod to talk about mental health, supporting your mates and the programs the Thunder have implemented into their system to check in and care for one another. It quickly becomes apparent that this coach is about more than xs and os, wins and losses he wants to make sure everyone he comes into contact with through life and basketball become better humans and better at their own self care. We talk about his basketball career, his love for the outdoors and travelling, the importance of mates and relationships, his dedication to coaching, family and getting the most out of life and why it’s so important to check in with each other. I was also honoured to be able to chat about some defining moments in his life including the death of his father and a young Thunder player and how this affected him and the team as a whole.

Episode #32 - Alex Pearce

Episode #32 - Alex Pearce

July 20, 2022

Ulverstone boy, proud Tasmanian and Fremantle footballer Alex Pearce joins the pod to chat about his love for his home state, his journey through sport on the coast and his pathway into being drafted by the Fremantle Football club. Alex has endured a number of setbacks through his footy journey but this has led to him gaining a more widespread appreciation for life and his value as a person outside of football. He speaks openly about his darkest times, how he got himself out of the rut he was in and what he learned about himself and mental health as a whole and what he aims to do post football. We chat about moving interstate as an 18 year old, being elevated into Fremantle's leadership group, captaining the club and his views on leadership. He speaks about meeting players he looked up to and how being bashed up by Matthew Pavlich was one of the best learning experiences he has had as a footballer. Alex also speaks about his indigenous heritage, being accepted into Fremantle's indigenous brotherhood, racism in the AFL which unfortunately is still very present, how he hopes to support his team mates through this and his hopes for society in regards to education on indigenous culture. So much great content in this one, Alex is an articulate man and a proud NW coaster who is a pleasure to chat to and gives a very rounded view of life as a footballer and more importantly the type of person he wants to be in society.  

Episode #31 - Shannon Bakes

Episode #31 - Shannon Bakes

July 6, 2022
Many people know Bakesy as a coach, player, business entrepreneur and most recently as the self proclaimed 'lead guitarist' of the highly popular Better off Dad podcast. We talk about his journey including many parts of his story only those close to him would know.
From humble beginnings living in a relatives shed for a time while also getting by as a family after his father was injured in a workplace accident confining him to a wheelchair. We speak about success in sport, premierships, business success and fatherhood as well as the tough times he endured through failed businesses and relationships leading to a bout of depression. Bakesy speaks about what it meant to bring success to his beloved Wynyard and how this also helped him get through the tough times. He also throws in a few stories from times on the drink and in the UK which are a great yarn. Anyone who knows Bakesy knows how engaging he is to chat to, a great character who loves a red wine and is an open book on life.
Episode #30 - Brett Christie

Episode #30 - Brett Christie

June 23, 2022

On this edition of the pod, the inspirational story of Brett Christie.
Breaking his ankle during a seemingly harmless staff vs students game of basketball, Brett tells of his journey to regain his mobility and how after exploring every option he and his family made the decision for him to become an amputee. Brett talks about how this ‘enabled’ rather than ‘disabled’ him. His outlook on life now, what he and his family have endured and what he has achieved since will touch and inspire many. We speak about his journey through breaking down stereotypes early in life, living in Japan, his accident and numerous operations, the toll this took on him and those close to him, his beautiful relationship with his wife and kids and where he is in life now. He also throws in a few funny stories about his life and being an amputee. I Enjoyed this one so much

Episode #29 - Bree Littlejohn

Episode #29 - Bree Littlejohn

June 8, 2022

This week, a lady who has been through more in the last few years than some may go through in a lifetime, Bree Littlejohn. Bree joins the pod to go through her journey of being a young rebel in Tasmania, her early years including dealing with her parents separation, finding herself through self expression and sexuality, being married and divorce young herself through to her challenges in recent years. This includes losing one of her best friends to suicide and the toll this took, being in a toxic relationship and the effects this had, motherhood and almost losing her life bringing one of her children into this world. Just a heads up this one speaks about many issues which may trigger including self harm, mental health, verbal and physical abuse among other things so just be mindful of if, when and where to listen.

Episode #28 - Kurt Byard

Episode #28 - Kurt Byard

May 26, 2022

Devonport Football Club Premiership winning coach Kurt Byard joins the pod this week to talk about his journey through footy. We touch on coaching and his coaching style, the good side and challenges, injuries and coming back from this. We also have a great chat about the clubs drought breaking premiership, the day and things behind the scenes including what it meant to the club, community and what it means to be a premiership winning coach.
However if you’re looking for driving tips and how to light a bonfire this is not the pod for you so choose wisely.

Episode #27 - Jarrod Kent

Episode #27 - Jarrod Kent

May 11, 2022

This week former Australian Army soldier turned Australian Representative athlete and motivator Jarrod Kent. Jarrod speaks about his journey including his tough early life and we speak about enlisting in the Australian army and the lessons he learned from this. He speaks about how injury led into some very dark places, he gives an honest view of this and another hard time, what he was going through and more importantly how he came out of it. He speaks about his ‘Broken, Never Beaten’ motto and how this along with his determination to remain positive, fit and healthy led him to representing his country in the Invictus Games. So many positives messages and learnings to take from this chat 

*Just a heads up this chat touches on some tough subjects like violence, mental health, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse so be mindful of if, when and where to listen

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