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  • In this episode, Ameliaranne and Damien with host van Beek discuss their journey's to date:

    Chapters

    The year 2020 - How the Ekenasio's found the year so far? (3:35) Childhood - Key learnings? Family influences? Opportunities? (6:49) Damien training as an Opera singer and touring with RnB/Hip Hop band 'Beatrootz' (12:10) The moment Ameliaranne decided she wanted to be a Professional Netball player (16:00) The 'Penny Drop Moment' that Damien realised he wanted to give Basketball a good crack (22:10) Ameliaranne taking a 'Leap of Faith' to move to New Zealand for a fresh start (27:14) The feeling debuting for the Silver Ferns - "One of the most unreal experiences" (30:52) A Tragic Loss, a New Home and a Love Story (34:10) The twists & turns of Ameliaranne's early Silver Ferns career – missing out on the 2015 World Cup Squad (43:26) Transition into Motherhood - Having a baby in the middle of a Professional Netball career in 2017 (48:03) In a rush to get back into Netball and finding herself stuck on the bench for the Wellington Pulse – The start of the turnaround… (50:49) Just when things were looking up, Ameliaranne played her worst game for the Silver Ferns and got dropped - How she managed to pick herself up again and was able to make a major improvements Mentally. (58:21) The Silver Ferns ‘deep and meaningful team chat’ that started their epic turnaround – connecting on a deeper level (1:03:17) How do you create a Safe Zone and Trusting environment to let people be who they are within a Team? (1:11:08) Amelia recieving the call that she was going to become the Silver Ferns Captain (1:19:01) Damien & Ameliaranne’s advice for young sportspeople (1:24:55) Where are Damien and Ameliaranne in 10 years time? (1:32:14)

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  • In this episode, Grant with host van Beek discuss his journey:

    Chapters

    Childhood/Growing up in South Africa/Key Moments (5:26) The moment Grant believed he could do Cricket as a career? (12:29) Advice for 20 year old Grant Elliott (14:15) Grant wishing he set his Goals higher (17:30) Moving to New Zealand – starting at zero again (19:28) 2001 to 2007 - How was the mindset and were there any key moments that influenced Grant as a cricketer (23:57) Learning from Negative experiences (30:16) 'Never been so nervous in my life' - Making his Test Debut for the Blackcaps (34:34) Common piece of advice - "Enjoy what you do" - How did you go about 'enjoying' Cricket (39:30) Amazing start to Blackcaps career - to fighting fitness/form and out of the mix (43:34) The disappointment of missing out on the 2011 World Cup Squad… “I was ready to pack it in” (47:34) Fulfilling a boyhood dream - Named in the 2015 World Cup Squad (50:58) ‘The Grant Elliott moment’ - The 2015 World Cup Semi-Final vs South Africa (56:36) ‘The Dale Steyn handshake’ - a great sportsmanship image (1:02:32) Going into big moments ‘feeling calm’ - the tools Grant learnt (1:04:12) What would you and the Team do differently going into that Final (1:06:57) How do you train mentally to be able to perform in those high pressured moments? (1:08:29) Keys for a High Performing team – Good or Toxic behaviours? (1:11:53) Key features from the best leaders Grant has been around? (1:16:18) What were the last few years of your career like after that epic World Cup moment? – Playing the different T20 competitions around the world (1:19:30) Career transitioning - advice for current professional sportspeople (1:22:29) Where is Grant Elliott in 10 years time? (1:26:09)

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  • In this episode, Mary discusses her journey with host Logan van Beek:

    Chapters

    Childhood/Growing up with the condition Aniridia (4:25) Joining the Upper Hutt Swim club at 9 years old – ‘Swimming was the equaliser’ (11:48) First International swimming competition in Australia 2007 – a turning point in Mary’s life (16:27) Preparing for 2012 Para-Olympics - Training full-time, close relationships with coach Luke Clark (20:51) "Mary there is no limit to how fast you are allowed to go" - 2012 Para-Olympic experience (30:44) Experience leading into the London Paralympics – Fully committed! (33:04) The feeling of winning the Gold Medal at the Para-Olympic Games “Take the Risk… Take the Risk” (38:05) Explaining the Paralympic Classifcations (55:12) How life changed after London - Becoming MNZM, Winning the Halberg Award & Supreme Award at the Attitude awards (1:02:37) Change of Coach, Change of City - preparation leading into the Rio Para-Olympics (1:07:38) Dealing with Expectations & Mixed Feelings after Rio (1:16:03) Retiring from competitive Swimming in 2018 (1:24:58) Mary's real success is what she has been doing outside of the pool - volunteering, advocating for change, exploring & pushing the boundaries of her confidence (1:35:28) Mary passion to help protect the natural fresh waterways in New Zealand (1:42:29) Advice for a young disabled athlete wanting to go to the Para-Olympics (1:49:47) Mary's Six Tips for How & When to Help a Blind Person (1:52:57)

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  • In this episode, Simmonds with host Logan van Beek discuss the key moments to Jamie’s journey to date:

    Chapters

    Lockdown in Abu Dhabi (2:13) Childhood in Dunedin/Competing with Sister Becky/Lessons from Parents/Dreams of a 16-year old Jamie (4:40) Dreaming of becoming a Black Fern Rugby player (12:03) Mum’s Intervention - First taste of Crossfit (13:42) Starting to take Crossfit a little more serious – snapping Achilles (15:53) Starting a new adventure - Moving to Abu Dhabi as a Personal Trainer (20:13) Winning the Dubai Fitness Challenge in 2014 (24:27) The dramatic rise in The Open CROSSFIT competition - 391st... 102nd... 1st... (26:54) Competing at the CROSSFIT GAMES for the first time in 2016 - "I'm all in now" (30:06) A day in the life of Jamie Simmonds - Training/Eating (33:45) How getting the Nutrition right, improved Jamie's performance (38:36) Jamie Simmonds Cheat Meal (40:04) How to train for The CROSSFIT GAMES - what does the program look like? (41:49) The turning point at the 2018 CROSSFIT GAMES (44:55) Enjoying Crossfit - How Jamie focused more on having fun rather than being too serious (48:28) How Jamie mentally pushes herself past the breaking point (50:31) The 2019 Crossfit Games experience - 3rd Fittest woman on Earth (53:41) How has life changed since the 2019 Crossfit Games? (56:17) Meeting husband Elliott - how he has helped Jamie in her Crossfit career? (57:54) Time off in NZ - getting married and feeling refreshed (59:44) Jamie's Key to her Success on the Crossfit World Stage (1:01:10) Jamie's Motivational Tips (1:03:31) Moving forward - Goals and what the future holds for Jamie (1:05:47)

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  • In this episode, Colin with host van Beek, discuss in detail the intriguing journey of Slade’s career.

    Chapters:

    Being back in New Zealand (2:03) Childhood/Key Lessons. What if? When it came to Cricket. (4:37) Run in with Tim Southee at Schoolboys Cricket tournament (9:17) Great era of Rugby Talent at CBHS (10:54) The point when Colin thought he could be a Professional Rugby Player (12:59) How important is it to be in the Rugby academy out of school? (15:04) Building self-belief winning championships everywhere Colin played (16:54) What it was like to become a full-time professional Rugby player - being a part of the Crusaders? (18:52) The feeling of making his All Black Debut (22:44) The reason for making the move to the Highlanders in 2011 (26:13) The 2011 World Cup experience - the fight to stay fit (30:42) The toughest period of Colin's career – dealing with setbacks and building a mental resilience (39:06) Advice you would give to a young athlete going through a tough period (46:33) Working with a Sports Psychologist – ‘rediscovering good feelings’ (51:04) Fond memories to look back on to create a positive mindset for a match (54:43) 'Zero to Hero' - The winning kick in the 2014 Bledisloe Cup match vs Australia (57:06) How the Crusaders and the All Blacks create that winning culture? (1:03:18) Best Leaders he has been around - what Colin craves from a leader? (1:06:46) 2015 World Cup experience - Two-time World Cup winner (1:11:43) What made Richie McCaw and Dan Carter so special? (1:14:22) Deciding to go to play in France at 28 and finishing with the All Blacks (1:15:52) Playing in France for Pau - How was the Rugby & the Lifestyle? (1:19:34) New adventure - Joining the Dynaboars in Japan (1:25:54) Career Transitioning after Colin decides to hang up the boots (1:27:49) Colin's career highlight - his proudest moments (1:31:44)

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  • In this episode, Logan dives deep into Jamie’s journey. Some of the topics they cover throughout are:

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    Childhood - early lessons/key learning’s (4:12) Choosing the Skiing discipline you want to compete in (6:07) What were the plans/goals after finishing High School? (7:23) How Jamie created his personal brand in order to gain sponsorships to be able to fund his Ski Cross career (10:00) Was your body designed for Ski Cross? What were your key attributes? (13:47) What does training look like for Ski Cross athlete? (15:31) Having your younger brother as your coach (19:14) 2015 World Championships - Being Disqualified... (21:14) The Keys to having fast skis - the Intricacies of Ski Cross (23:04) Jamie taking us through a Ski Cross race (Video on Instagram) (27:02) Types of injuries in Ski Cross (31:02) 2017 World Championships - Mental Skills put to the test to achieve best result of Jamie's Career (32:26) How did the Silver at World Champs and gaining the extra funding affect your mindset moving forward? (38:03) What Skill or Attribute that Jamie would of loved to have during his Ski Cross career? (41:10) 2018 Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympics experience (42:46) Deciding to retire from Ski Cross - is there fire still there to compete? (48:42) How did your partner (former Black Stick Hockey player) Sophie Cocks help you with your sporting career? (50:22) Transitioning out of Professional Sport (51:42) Transferable Skills from professional sport to a corporate environment (55:13) Starting a business - 'Truly Yours' (56:16) Jamie's best advice/lessons learnt from his sporting career (1:00:41) Where is Jamie Prebble in 10 years time? (1:03:08)

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  • In this episode, host van Beek and Mcilroy dive deep into her journey and cover a number of key moments in her career;

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    Intro/winter training (2:14) Childhood/Key moments/Early lessons (4:12) 2005 World Mountain Running Championships (8:15) Winning the Halberg Sportswoman of the Year award (12:17) How Kate ended up competing in the 3000m Steeplechase (13:26) Bed ridden to racing in front of 90,000 people - Competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games (16:20) How Olympic athletes get their training right in order peak for a major event (19:16) The ‘added pressure’ New Zealand endurance athletes have going into World Champs and Olympic events – Learning to shut out external noises (21:44) 1st Turning Point - 2008 Olympic dream dashed by injury (25:14) Next Challenge - not telling anyone you were training for Triathlon (28:26) What a training week looks like for Professional Triathlete (33:30) Slashing her toe during a race and still being able to finish the event (36:22) Fulfilling a dream - The 2012 Olympic games Journey (39:22) "Always fighting time" - racing at events when you are not 100% fit (43:53) Career Low - Being "detrained" for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (48:47) 2nd Turning Point – “I was told I would never run again” (52:37) Picking herself up after career ending injury – accepting not being an athlete anymore (56:09) A burning desire to compete - The start of a Professional Cycling career (58:40) The sexism in Professional Cycling - Kate's shock entering the sport (1:01:30) Dramatic stories from a couple of Cycling Road Races in NZ – LeRace/Rice Mountain Classic (1:04:14) Why Kate loves endurance sport - "You learn to love to suffer" (1:08:49) The mental side of being an endurance athlete (1:10:08) A Mental or Physical skill you would of loved to have in your career (1:13:51) 3rd Commonwealth Games - 3rd different sport (1:14:59) A new challenge - Starting a Mountain Biking career (1:18:14) Advice for a young athlete starting their Running/Triathlon/Cycling career (1:22:06) The beginning of Kate's cycling coaching journey (1:24:22) How Kiwi athletes are able to compete on the world stage with our lack of resources (1:25:31) Transferable skills athletes can bring to corporate environment (1:26:36)

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  • Host, van Beek who has worked with Dr. Hogg for the past three seasons at the Wellington Firebirds, will explore a range of thought-provoking issues when it comes to Mental Challenges in sport:

    Chapters

    How Natalie ended up in New Zealand helping Elite Sports athletes? (2:08) The common themes in Mental challenges across different sporting codes (5:22) The difference between Males and Females using a Sport Psychologist (7:27) What is your approach starting in a new sporting environment? (9:17) The real reason behind using a Sports Psychologist (12:20) What is the ideal up-bringing for a child to become a successful athlete (13:51) The dangers of early specialization in a certain sport (16:44) Dealing with injuries for Professional Athletes (20:08) Professional Sportspeople dealing with their identity (25:14) “Surviving or Thriving” (28:29) How do you identify a teammate that is struggling? What can you do to help? (30:39) Which sport is the most mentally challenging? Cricket? Rugby? Football? (34:40) What is pressure? How do Athletes deal with pressure? (39:21) Nerves vs Anxiety – what is the difference? (43:05) Desperation to play well – “letting it hinder your performance” (47:55) No one is immune to Mental Challenges – fostering an environment around developing a culture of “speaking up” (53:08) What people can do to build their Resilience and Well-Being (57:27) The importance of Mindfulness (1:01:43) How do you get IN THE ZONE (1:04:41) Natalie’s Top 3 tips for athletes starting their professional sporting career (1:07:03) Natalie’s favourite quotes (1:10:24)

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  • In this episode, Astle gives host van Beek an insight to a career full of ups and downs:

    Chapters

    Retirement from Red Ball Cricket (2:53) “Boy Wonder” and dealing with early failures (4:15) Becoming a Leg Spin bowler (9:46) Turning Point – “the day at Sydneham Park (11:30) The ‘Recipe for Success’ when things started to go well (16:02) Making your Blackcaps debut (17:53) Long gaps between Test Matches (21:15) Australia Test Series 2019/20 (22:52) Dealing with untimely injuries/setbacks (26:02) Developing mental skills through the setbacks (30:40) How does a young athlete understand their WHY? Gain perspective and gratitude early? (33:50) Mentors that you have looked up to for advice (36:04) Example of Roger Federer’s mindset during a match. Times when you have been IN THE ZONE? Times when you were too worried about the outcome? (37:35) How do you get IN THE ZONE during a match? (42:57) Letting bad performances go (46:07) Starting INNERSPIN – transitioning out of Professional Cricket and starting a business (49:42) What is the hardest part of Career Transitioning? (54:33) Why People/Businesses/Schools/Sports teams should use INNERSPIN? (55:43) Dealing with different personalities in a team to get them moving in the same direction? (57:34) What are the best qualities of coaches you have had that you will take into your coaching career? (1:00:40)

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    Todd decided to put more focus into his part time leg-spin bowling and it was a decision that turned (excuse the pun) out to be a smart one. Over the next seven years Todd managed to string together a number successful seasons with the ball which resulted in Canterbury winning five championships and making his debut for the Blackcaps.

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    Although the success Todd was having in the domestic competition, he was struggling to nail down a regular starting spot in the Blackcaps. Making nearly twenty appearances for New Zealand across all three formats over his 15-year career. Poorly timed injuries, the pressures of international cricket and selection have been valuable character builders for Astle. These experiences have driven him to start a business called INNERSPIN, Todd has harnessed his experiences and learning’s with his aim to inspire and empower others to maximize their potential.

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  • In this episode, Boucher reflects on his journey to date with host and one-time teammate van Beek.

    Chapters

    Intro/How good was the Last Dance on Netflix (2:36) Childhood/Family influence/Key Moments/”First Dunk” (6:10) When was the moment you thought you could do Basketball for a career (11:12) Biggest learning’s early on from Tab Baldwin & Auckland Stars teammates (15:15) What was your ideal position in Basketball? How did you adapt your game once you realized you weren't going to be 6'10. (18:28) Finding out Dillon was a gun shooter… (20:59) Looking up to Dennis Rodman/scouting/trash talking (24:31) Joining up with the Tall Blacks as a video analyst (29:07) Why are young athletes these days in such a rush? The millennial mindset (33:36) The 2002 World Championship Journey - Putting New Zealand Basketball on the Map (38:37) Playing against USA, head to head with NBA superstars (46:04) Greatest assist of my life - Quarter final vs Puerto Rico (47:47) Semi-Final vs Yugoslavia - Still hurts today (52:04) Who are the best players you have played against? (54:17) Was Pero Cameron the best player you played with? (56:57) What made Tab Balwin a great coach? What do you believe makes a great Leader? (59:49) Using your Basketball expereinces in the corporate environment (1:02:01) Being a part of the first NZ Breakers side in the ANBL (1:05:19) Going to the 2004 Athens Olympics Games (1:06:49) Why did you choose to retire from the Tall Blacks in 2008? (1:09:04) The lowest moment in your career and how you got through it? (1:11:25) Logan's NBL debut embarrassing story / Dillon's similar experience… (1:14:21) Any routines & superstitions before games? (1:18:25) NZ Breakers 3-peat - Secret to the success of that team (1:19:59) Why not more Kiwis in the NBA? Making that jump (1:22:56) Why is Basketball in New Zealand not funded as well as other sports? (1:26:44) Becoming a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1:29:50) Successfully Transitioning out of Sport (1:31:05) What is the hardest part of career transitioning? (1:36:36) What’s some transferrable skills athletes have? Advice for current athletes looking to successfully transition (1:37:47) Stepping down as GM of NZ Breakers... seeking a new experience. (1:40:30) Maanaki - being involved in helping small businesses in NZ (1:43:32) What advice have you given to your children? What was parenting tactic when it came to their Basketball careers (1:45:21) Setting up the 2020 NBL first ever Draft (1:47:45) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? (1:51:09) How would you like to be remembered? (1:51:51)

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    He is the all-time leader in most games played in the New Zealand NBL with 409, which was accomplished over 24 seasons. When you talk about service to a sport, Boucher has done it all, from player, to video analyst, to coach, to general manager and is still involved in a number of different capacities. His services to the game of Basketball was recognised in 2014, when he received the honour of becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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    At 6’5, Boucher would be the first to admit that he wasn’t the most athletically gifted player but he found a way to be effective on the court in order to gain more minutes. Boucher’s Basketball IQ set him a part from most players, being able to play a range of positions and always seeming to be a step ahead of everyone on the court. Known as a defensive stopper, he often having to guard the best player in the opposition’s team. In 2002, the Tall Blacks shocked the world by coming 4th at the World Championships. Dillon played a key role for the team throughout the tournament and made a number of crucial plays in pressured moments. This epic result, not only put New Zealand on the map as a credible Basketball nation, but also gave the sport the boost it needed around the country, inspiring a generation of future Basketball players. Another one of Dillon’s highlights in his career was being a part of the New Zealand Breakers three-peat ANBL Championship run. Boucher believed the key to the success of that team was the culture of selfless players and the buy-in from everyone to perform their role to the best of their ability.

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    One of the hardest things professional sportspeople face is successfully transitioning into a career after retiring, Dillon is an example of how to do it successfully. Coaching seemed like the perfect fit for Boucher with his basketball experience and IQ. But Boucher wanted to widen his skillset and was constantly seeking ways to development himself outside of the game. He slowly became more interested in what was happening off the court and in the New Zealand Breakers offices. This lead to an opportunity in corporate sponsorship and eventually becoming the General Manager of the club. Always trying to find new ways of growing himself in the corporate world, Boucher more recently occupies a number of diverse roles in different industries enjoying controlling his own hours. In this podcast, Dillon gives current athletes some simple advice around what value they bring to the corporate world and some of the harder aspects of transitioning to be aware of.

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  • Chapters

    Being back on the water with Team NZ/Covid 19 learning’s (3:18) Childhood/Family Influence/Key Moments (7:37) Growing up on a 44ft yacht around the South Pacific (11:17) When was the moment you wanted to go to the Olympic Games for sailing? (15:43) How you fund yourself to be a fulltime sailor? (20:42) Were you close to selection for the 2012 London Olympics? (22:43) How do you decide which Sailing boat you want to race in? (24:12) The risks that come with Sailing races? The tactics involved in races? (25:39) Battling Sam Meech for Rio Olympic selection, how one day changed it all – Andy’s lowest moment. (34:00) How did Andy deal with the disappointment/frustration of missing out on Rio? (42:33) Joining Emirates Team New Zealand – tackling a new challenge (45:26) Where were you in 1995 when Team New Zealand won for the first time? (52:15) Completing the Big 3 in Sailing-Racing (53:22) 2013 America's Cup Campaign, what happened?! (54:34) What does the day to day look like being a part of Team New Zealand? (59:24) The Cyclor design feature - why didn't they get 5 top cyclists to fill the role? (1:04:42) 35th America's Cup role on boat - 'Off side rake trimmer' (1:11:00) What makes Peter Burling one of the best sailors in the world? (1:12:51) 'The Capsize Day' - 35th America's Cup (1:16:07) Winning the America's Cup - Bringing it back to New Zealand (1:22:01) Hosting the 36th America's Cup in Auckland 2021 (1:24:27) Competing against your best mate in the Finn Class for the one spot to go to the Tokyo Olympics (1:27:11) Preparing yourself for success or failure second time around – having more perspective and teaming up for the greater good (1:33:22) Mindset required for a sailor – How do you improve your Mental Skillset? (1:40:34) Motivation - Balance between Extrinsic vs Intrinsic (1:42:57) Advice for an 18 year old sailor wanting to become an Olympic Sailor or become a member of Team New Zealand (1:46:09) Where is Andy Maloney doing in 10 years time? (1:50:15)

    Finishing high school, Andy chose to race in the Laser class sailboats and made his big breakthrough in 2012, when he came 3rd at the World Laser Championships. Leading into the Rio Olympics, Maloney was in a tight head-to-head battle with Sam Meech, both competing for the one spot to represent New Zealand. Three events were to decide who was going to secure their ticket to the 2016 games and unfortunately for Maloney, one day of bad decisions on the water cost him his chance.

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    Andy was completely devastated after spending eight years of his life fully committed to achieving his ultimate goal. Unsure what to do next, Andy needed a new challenge to work towards and he decided to set his targets on being a part of America’s Cup Sailing team Emirates Team New Zealand. Willing to do anything to get his chance, Andy quickly impressed, with his sailing knowledge, relentless work ethic and being a handy cyclist. Fast-forward a year of hard graft and adding 15kgs of muscle, Maloney earned his way onto the ETNZ boat and found himself as one of the Cyclors. This unique design feature helped New Zealand lift one of sports oldest trophies and brought it home to share with the rest of New Zealand.

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    With the ultimate goal still to make it to the Olympics, currently, Maloney finds himself in a similar situation as he did in 2016, battling for the one spot to represent New Zealand. But this time is a little different, a new boat, now in the Finn Class, a new perspective and the competitor is his Best Man from his wedding Josh Junior. This is an unique relationship, as they have decided to share everything, from boat set ups, to race tactics and to race reviews. With the goal that whoever gets the opportunity to go to Tokyo will have the best chance of winning the Gold Medal for New Zealand.

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  • In this episode, Lucy opens up to host, Logan, about:

    Covid lockdown period/Everyday on the Erg (3:51) Childhood/Family influences/Why Rowing (6:59) Transferring High Schools to row full-time (10:08) Studying/Training/Living in Cambridge “The Sporting hub” (14:25) First taste at the Elite World Championships/Choosing the right boat (17:00) A usual training week for an Elite rower (20:24) "Addicted to the challenge" - Lucy's Why (23:42) Choosing the most random places in the World for Rowing Regattas (27:01) Was there a time you wanted to give up? Not being able to break into the Elite women (29:57) “Regatta of Death” missing out on Rio Olympic spot – Lucy’s lowest point (33:47) How do you define success? (43:28) Switching boats into the Eight – going from sculling to sweeping (48:05) 2018 World Championship Nightmare (50:45) How do Olympic Rowers fund their careers (52:14) Training for four years for the Olympics - What happens if you wake up feeling terrible? (55:13) Pre race routine for Lucy and the Eight? (57:45) How to build trust within a team (59:36) The feeling of qualifying for the Olympics (1:00:43) The role of the coxswain on a women’s rowing Eight (1:03:58) How has Covid 19 change the preparations for the Olympics in 2021 (1:07:42) Advice do you have young rowers and athletes (1:11:49) Who is Lucy outside of Rowing? Where she will be in 10 years time? (1:15:18) Rapid Fire Question (1:18:18)

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    Spoor’s patience had been tested in her early years of being a Professional Rower, with not being able to crack into the elite New Zealand squad. Lucy eventually made the transition and found herself as a member of the Quad sculls crew in their bid to secure a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Having not securing their spot in the games the previous season, the Quad found themselves heading to the ‘Regatta of Death’ needing a top two finish. Fully confident that they were going to qualify, however on race day, things didn’t go to plan and had missed their last opportunity by finishing third.

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    Every day since High School had been dedicated to reaching the Olympics and it had come down to that six minutes. This was devastating for Lucy who was not sure how she was going to be able to pick herself up from this moment. The next year was a roller-coaster ride of emotions with winning and also wanting to quit, but something inside was still burning to not give up on her dream and thought she had come too far to give up now. With the pool of talent that Rowing New Zealand had, they were keen to create a Women’s Eight crew. This meant a switch from sculling to sweeping and straight away Lucy had a new focus and being a part of a bigger crew suited Lucy, who initially thought she would not enjoy it as much. An embarrassing showing at the 2018 World Championships with not even reaching the final was the wake-up call the women needed. They were determined to make amends the following year and not only won New Zealand’s first Women’s Eight World Championship but also secure a spot for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Lucy is now one step closer to realising her dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal.

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    Spoors journey of being a professional rower has come with a number of moments that has tested her strength as a person. She has managed to push herself through these times to gain valuable wisdom that she shares through this podcast.

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  • In this episode, Brockie with host van Beek, they discuss:

    New Job/Level 5/Charity run (3:05) Family influences/Key lessons growing up (7:47) Choices of A-League teams... made a bad decision (13:09) Forgetful Sydney FC experience (17:21) Career spiraling down at 19... (22:20) Key turning point – lighting the spark again (26:46) What is feeling like scoring a goal? / Getting “in the Zone” (34:21) Mixed messages from Ricky Herbert (41:12) Pushing to make 2010 World Cup Squad (44:52) 2010 World Cup Experience – Ryan Nelson’s Leadership (48:52) What sets the Greatest Players in the world apart from the regular Professional Footballer? (54:16) 5th times a charm - Wellington Phoenix experience (58:59) Goodbye NZ, Hello South Africa - Good times with SuperSport United (1:09:29) Keys to a High Performing Team Culture (1:14:06) 45 games to score only All Whites goal (1:18:43) Career best form - not getting called up to All Whites (1:23:06) Football Fans in Peru (1:29:19) Riding the bench at the Sundowns - At what point does the money become irrelevant and you just want to play Football (1:31:41) How do you keep yourself balanced during the frustrations? (1:38:34) An amazing sacrifice & gifts Jeremy’s wife did for a close friend – the surrogacy journey (1:42:40) Where is Jeremy Brockie in 10 years time? (1:49:38)

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    After a successful Olympic campaign, Jeremy was back playing Professional Football but it wasn’t until the 2012/13 season with his now fifth A-League side, the Wellington Phoenix, that he had his breakout season finishing runner up to the Golden Boot. Already making a number of appearances for his national side, being part of the historic All Whites Squad that had an amazing run at the 2010 World Cup, with being the only unbeaten side in the tournament.

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    At 28 years old, Brockie’s career was coming together and he was set to make his home in Wellington and lead the attack for the Phoenix side. But a change of coach and new tactics proved to be a bad formula for Brockie, who now found himself on the outer. Seeking a new opportunity, Jeremy found himself and his family on a plane to South Africa. Joining up with SuperSport United, Brockie strung together his best years as a professional and won a few titles along the way. He was in the best form of his career and was wondering what he needed to do to get back into the national side, as he was determined to add to his one and only goal for the All Whites.

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    This form lead to a well-deserved contract in 2018 with one of the bigger clubs in the South African Football League, the Mamelodi Sundowns. The last few seasons have proven to be another test for Jeremy, as he has found himself in and out of the side. But Brockie still feels like his best years are still in front of him and wants to play the game that he loves for as long as possible.

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  • In this episode, McCann with host van Beek, discuss her journey to date and cover a range of topics which includes;

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    Intro/Injured herself in Covid-19 (3:31) Birth place… Sibling rivalry… Childhood… (6:56) NO! To Early-Specialization in sport (10:31) High School Netball Trials/Early mindset (13:43) 7 Hockey teams in 7th form (17:10) Transitioning out of High School (21:48) Playing with your Idols (24:43) Battles with Identity (30:34) Living with other hockey girls who were succeeding (32:28) Making your Debut for the Black Sticks (40:06) Balance between Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation (45:07) Rachel's best mate George Mumford, Author of the "Mindful Athlete" (51:53) How do you use Mindfulness during the day and in matches? (55:37) Missing out on Rio Olympic Squad and getting through 2017 (1:05:39) How playing Hockey in Germany 2018 changed everything (1:12:36) What are you looking forward to in the next couple of years? (1:19:16) theHappyAthlete Journey (1:23:05) How would you like to be remembered? (1:28:35)

    In 2017, she was dropped down to the women’s development squad and eventually left the program altogether, McCann had lost the love of the game that she fell in love with when she was eleven years old. In the midst of this frustration, Rachel started to find opportunities outside of the game. This started with gaining a diploma in Positive Psychology and a more focused effort into the practice of Mindfulness, following the teachings of well-known Mindfulness coach George Mumford. After a successful stint playing club Hockey in Germany and finding a healthy balance outside of the sport, helped Rachel re-ignite the passion for Hockey and her desire to represent New Zealand again.

    She also became inspired to start sharing her knowledge and launched “The Happy Athlete”, a social media platform and podcast where she brings tools for young athletes she wished she had learnt earlier, on how to deal with stress, pressure and emotions with the mission to help athletes and people flourish and create a place where Well-Being, Mindfulness and Sports Performance meet.

    Where she has got to in her sport hasn’t come easy and has been thrown some pretty big challenges but Rachel has found a way to persevere and has a bright future ahead of her.

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  • Chapters

    Feelings of playing last match for Wellington (3:08) Becoming a Professional Cricketer in 1999(4:44) Difference in Professionalism 2001 – 2019(8:48) Reality of a Professional Cricketer(11:33) Wellington Firebirds changing room – players you have played with(13:03) Best teams you have been a part of(16:27) Jeetan’s competitive nature(18:49) Pursuit of perfectingyour craft(23:53) Discovering your WHY(25:36) Debuting for New Zealand(27:35) Competing with Daniel Vettori(30:13) Lowest point in my career – getting through it(33:07) Starting with Warwickshire(39:44) Turning down the Blackcaps(43:12) Feeling loved in Warwickshire(47:04) Another chance with the Blackcaps(51:25) “I know who I am – I am good enough for this environment”(55:31) Why did you retire from international cricket, when you could still compete at that level?(58:39) Transitioning out of Cricket into Coaching(1:00:17) What mentalskills have you learnt over your 20 year career(1:04:29) Maintaining your Personal Well-Being(1:06:10) Leadership opportunities(1:07:35) Developing a winning culture(1:09:41) Speaking up – how do you approach a tough conversation(1:13:04) 5 inner beliefs of a warrior mindset(1:15:46) Highlights of Jeetan’s career(1:19:32) Where is Jeetan Patel in 10 years time?(1:22:02)

    If you have followed Cricket in the last two decades you would of heard of the name, Jeetan Patel. Jeetan’s career is the definition of longevity and the pursuit of perfecting your craft. From winning titles to hardly winning a match, from struggling to make the team to being the best player in the country, from dreaming to play for your country to hating the game and wanting to give up, from dealing with injuries to being in the best form of his life. All these experiences have all accumulated to help him understand who he is as a person and finding balance in his life.

    In this episode, Jeetan Patel opens up about the highs and lows of his journey. He gives an insight to the realities of being a professional cricketer; where his competitive nature comes from; realizing his dream of representing his country and to turning them down; getting through the lowest point in his career; feeling loved in Warwickshire; enjoying his last opportunity to play for the Blackcaps; transitioning out of the game while still being in the best form of his life; understanding who he is as a person and feeling good enough; how to speak up and have tough conversations with teammates and with host, van Beek, cover a lot more other experiences throughout Jeetan’s career.

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    Intro (3:15) Childhood experiences (5:38) When Bailey started playing Netball? (6:55) Transition from High School to Professional (10:35) Reality vs what you thought it would be like to be Professional Netballer (13:00) Hardest position in Netball (14:37) “Shock Selection” – 2012 Silver Ferns Trial (19:25) Debuting for the Silver Ferns (25:00) 2015 World Cup experience (26:49) Making the move down to Canterbury (28:45) Dealing with an ACL and Concussion injury in Netball (30:12) 2018 Commonwealth Games… What happened?! (35:05) “New Zealand’s punching bag” – Dealing with negative comments (39:58) How Bailey find the love of the game again (44:16) Receiving the 2019 World Cup Callup (48:49) 2019 World Cup Journey (54:18) The Key qualities Noeline Taurua brings as a Coach (59:16) Mental Gym – How do you train it? (1:02:19) What advice would you give to a 20 year Bailey Mes? (1:05:30) Balance between Mental gym vs Physical gym (1:08:24) Life Balance - career outside of Netball (1:11:03) Covid 19 life (1:16:19)

    In this Episode, Bailey with host van Beek, go into depth looking back on her career to date. From the moment Bailey announced herself in the Netball scene; to the 'Shock Selection' into the Silver Ferns after an amazing trial; dealing with a number of injuries and setbacks; trying to ignore negative comments from the media and fans; Highlights of Bailey's career; how Bailey found the love of the game again; the keys to the successful 2019 World Cup win; balancing mental gym vs physical gym; who is Bailey outside of Netball.

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  • Chapters

    Intro/Yoga/Covid 19 (2:37) Childhood growing up (5:54) When Suzie dreamed of being a Professional Sportswoman (9:19) Balancing act between Cricket & Basketball (11:17) 2008 Olympic Games (13:15) Partying with Lebron (15:31) First Professional contract with Basketball (18:44) Making the decision between Basketball & Cricket (20:20) Captaining the White Ferns (21:46) What Suzie craves from a Leader or Coach (23:48) Highlights of Career to date (25:03) How Suzie gets ‘in the Zone’ (27:16) Being a Professional Cricketer all year round (29:25) Lowest point in Suzie Career – Turning points in her career (34:46) Seeking out a Sports Psychologists (39:03) Advice for a 20 year old Suzie? (41:59) How Suzie manages her emotions (45:09) What Skill? Mindset would you like to take your game to the next level? (47:54) What is Suzie’s Why? Purpose? (49:53) Life after Professional Sport’s Career (51:22) Job Opportunity Rumour… (52:31) Suzie Bates outside of the professional cricket world (55:27) Best Advice you have ever received (57:51) How would you like to be remembered? (59:52)

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    Suzie Bates made her debut at just 19 and has the most ODI runs for the White Ferns and first cricketer, Male or Female, to 3000 T20 International runs. She has been the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the year twice and captained the White Ferns for six years.

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    A double-International, Bates has also represented New Zealand in Basketball and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bates then chose to concentrate on cricket after being offered the Captaincy in 2011. Suzie made the decision to step down as captain of the White Ferns, feeling like it was time for a change, wanting to focus her energy on being the best cricketer she could be and helping the young players coming through.

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    Now a full time Professional Cricketer playing 10 months of the year, there is not much down time for Bates. Suzie has inspired a generation of young girls, that it is possible to make a living out of Sport. In this episode, Bates with host van Beek, discuss her journey to date; from the balancing act of playing two sports for New Zealand; to the time she partied with Lebron James at the Olympics; what Suzie craves from a leader and coach; goes into depth around her turning points in her career; what advice she would give a 20 year old Suzie; and has an answer to the rumour of her potential job opportunity post career.

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  • Chapters

    Intro/Covid 19 (3:38) Olympic Games being postponed (6:12) Battle with Jacko Gill (12:27) Wake up call from the Father (14:50) Childhood in Timaru/Playing all sports growing up (17:29) Why Tom chose Shot Put (20:59) When was the point you became a Full Time Professional Shot Putter? (24:34) What Mental Skills did you develop with Sports Psychologists John Quinn? (25:51) Tom’s Shot Put Routine (29:36) Have you thrown a PB in Training? (32:37) The key to Tom consistency as a person (34:16) Highlight of Tom’s career (36:14) How did Tom maintain his motivation after achieving one of his ultimate goals? (40:44) Lowest Point in Tom’s Career (44:41) How Tom gains the edge at training (47:45) What makes a good shot putter? Keys to Tom’s success(50:15) Advice and Favourite quotes (53:51) Reflecting on his up-bringing contributing to success as an Athlete (56:35) Struggles with Dyslexia during High School (58:05) Bringing the SuperShot to Christchurch (1:01:41) Where is Tom Walsh in 15 years time (1:03:47) Walshot, business venture (1:04:39) Halberg Awards – feeling of winning the Supreme Award (1:07:49) Honour of the doing the Cap Presentation for the Blackcaps (1:10:57)

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    In 2018, Tom won the Supreme Halberg award for his excellence in his sport. A qualified builder and has recently started a business Walshot, Tom’s journey is about hard work paying off. Walsh struggled with jealousy early on, as the spotlight was on this Youtube sensation Jacko Gill, who was touted as being the next big thing in the Shot Put world. This envy fueled Walsh on, and was on a mission to prove everyone wrong.

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    In the last five years Tom has tasted victory at the Commonwealth Games, World Outdoor & Indoor Championships, three Diamond league titles. With just the Olympic Gold medal left top off an already decorated career. It would be hard to find a more genuine bloke than Tom Walsh, a man with humility, humour and is not afraid to tell it how it is. In this Episode, Walsh shares his early battles with Jacko Gill; What Mental Skills he developed over his career; takes us through his Shot Put routine; highlights along the journey; the lowest point in his career which will surprise you; his struggles with Dyslexia growing up; how Tom gains the edge at his training; and his most nervous moment.

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    Preview to the 2019/20 SuperSmash T20 competiton(5:18) Favourite format of Cricket(5:47) 2019 World Cup Final – “The Super Over”(6:31) 2019 World Cup Reflection(12:12) Why did you choose Cricket?(14:28) Your mindset going into International Cricket(17:31) Biggest learnings of your first taste of International Cricket(20:24) Test Debut – “Brendon McCullum’s 300”(22:07) “Two Week Break” – the turning point in your career(25:27) What Mental Skills did you learn/incorporate into your comeback?(41:53) What motivates you moving forward in your career(48:54) Dealing with Negative Emotions(52:12) Lessons from World Class players around the World?(56:11) Who is Jimmy Neesham outside of Cricket?(59:33) Career after Cricket(1:01:20)

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    A current New Zealand Cricket player, Jimmy has played all over the world and has experienced the highs and lows that comes with being a professional sportsman. The Blackcap fans were hopeful they had found the best all-rounder for the next decade. However, he went from being a regular member of the team and playing in the IPL. To a string of mixed performances, a number poorly timed injuries, losing his New Zealand contract, missing out on the 2015 World Cup squad, cumulating to having the infamous “two-week break” from cricket after being dropped from his domestic team.

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    Neesham's comeback began with getting away from the game completely and doing a marketing role in the farming industry. He then found the love of the game again and fast forward twelve months he had the weight of the nation on his shoulders walking out to face the ‘Super-Over’ in the 2019 World Cup Final. Only inches away from going down as one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting heroes.

    In this episode, Jimmy starts by talking to host van Beek about what was going through his head during the famous ‘Super-Over’, and then takes it back to the years leading up to that epic sporting moment. To the biggest learnings of his early years of international cricket; “Two week break” the turning point in his career; dealing with negative emotions and to what motivates him moving forward.

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    Childhood in Christchurch (5:35) Biggest lessons from your Parents (7:52) Where is St Andrews College?? (11:33) Taking opportunities at school with both hands (14:30) Early Success (17:59) Advice for a young Telusa (20:53) Experience with Crusaders (25:14) Super Rugby reflection (27:33) Melbourne Rebels frustrations (29:02) “Hitting rock bottom”– Tonga sends out a lifeline for the 2015 Rugby World Cup (31:27) Off to the Leicester Tigers (38:06) Combating home sickness (43:05) Gearing up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup (45:30) Advice for young Rugby players (49:11) Telusa’s goals (51:04) Biggest blessing (53:10) Part of the Sacrifice(54:34) Taking game to the next level (56:49) Dealing with Injuries (58:20) Impact on a team whilebeing injured (1:00:43) Keys to an ideal culture (1:03:11) Five things for a good culture (1:04:48) How do you enjoy your sport? (1:10:43) Telusa’s WHY? (1:13:27) Telusa’s attitude on the Rugby Field (1:14:55) Good times in the sheds (1:16:14) Knowing yourself, self awareness (1:18:35) Life outside of Rugby (1:22:03)Where is Telusa in ten years? (1:23:51) Where did the name Zuri come from? (1:25:00) Interests outside of Rugby? (1:26:37) Rapid Fire Questions (1:28:28)

    Telusa Veainu is a current Professional Rugby player for the Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership and has represented Tonga at two Rugby World Cups. In 2018, he was named the Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year, one of English Rugby’s most prestigious awards. Known in rugby circles of having one of the best side-steps in the game, with a number of Youtube video highlights packages.

    Telusa’s professional rugby career has come with a number of setbacks. Touted as a future All Black coming out of High School after a successful New Zealand under 20’s World Cup Campaign. In the space of five years, Veainu only played a handful of games for three Super Rugby sides, suffered a number of major injuries and by the middle of 2015 was considering joining the Police as he had no contracts on the table.

    Thrown a lifeline to join Tonga at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Telusa went on to have a breakout tournament and had opportunities to play all over the world following the conclusion of the competition. In this episode, Veainu with host Logan van Beek discuss his journey to date, from his time being the oldest of eleven children and lessons from his parents; making the most of early opportunities; disappointments during Super Rugby career; lowest point in his career; given a second chance in the UK; Keys to a high performing culture; finding balance in his life.

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