The Help Side
16. The Help Side - Jane Claxton - Part B

16. The Help Side - Jane Claxton - Part B

September 2, 2020
#TheHelpSide We're delighted to have Hockeyroos midfielder, Jane Claxton, on the show. Now Jane comes from some pretty good stock…listeners of the show and followers of hockey in Australia might recognise the name ‘Claxton’ from this year's class of Hockey Australia Life Member inductees, her father Bob being awarded the honour as recognition of a lifetime of service to hockey. 
 
Jane takes us on her voyage from coming up through the ranks in Adelaide to what it’s really like to represent your country, including some elements that people don’t often talk about. With the highs of playing for your country, come inevitable lows and hard times that don’t always make the front page, but remain part and parcel of the gig and Jane openly shares her story of navigating the pitfalls of elite sport. One aspect of international sport, is the joy of travelling the world and with this, comes a ‘roomie’, and Jane reveals that she might not be the top of everyone's ‘most desirable roomie’ list. Jane is smart, articulate, and the embodiment of an elite athlete. Please enjoy, The Help Side of, Jane Claxton. 
16. The Help Side - Jane Claxton - Part A

16. The Help Side - Jane Claxton - Part A

September 2, 2020
#TheHelpSide We're delighted to have Hockeyroos midfielder, Jane Claxton, on the show. Now Jane comes from some pretty good stock…listeners of the show and followers of hockey in Australia might recognise the name ‘Claxton’ from this year's class of Hockey Australia Life Member inductees, her father Bob being awarded the honour as recognition of a lifetime of service to hockey. 
 
In 183 games for the Hockeyroos, Claxton has appeared at two World Cup's, two Commonwealth Games, an Olympics, and has had the honour of captaining her country. Jane has come to be recognised as one of Australia’s most consistent performers, and anyone who’s witnessed her play live would have heard her commanding tone carry across the pitch to her teammates – your prototypical General of the midfield. You’ll find Jane to be the consummate professional, and her achievements and success in the green and gold of the Hockeyroos really shouldn’t come as a surprise after hearing her take on what it takes to perform at the highest level. 
 
Jane takes us on her voyage from coming up through the ranks in Adelaide to what it’s really like to represent your country, including some elements that people don’t often talk about. With the highs of playing for your country, come inevitable lows and hard times that don’t always make the front page, but remain part and parcel of the gig and Jane openly shares her story of navigating the pitfalls of elite sport. One aspect of international sport, is the joy of travelling the world and with this, comes a ‘roomie’, and Jane reveals that she might not be the top of everyone's ‘most desirable roomie’ list. Jane is smart, articulate, and the embodiment of an elite athlete. Please enjoy The Help Side of, Jane Claxton. 
15. The Help Side - Bob Proctor - Part B

15. The Help Side - Bob Proctor - Part B

August 19, 2020

#TheHelpSide Today we’re going back in time, to a time where things were done a little differently. Today’s guest is former Australian Goal Keeper, Bob Proctor. Now by ‘former’, I mean Bob won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic games. Bob finished his career with 40 caps across 2 world cups and the aforementioned Olympic Games and has since become one of Sydney’s most successful coaches, coaching numerous teams to several premierships as well as coaching the NSW Australian Hockey League side for a number of years. 

Welcome to Part B of my two-part chat with Former Australian goalkeeper Bob Proctor, if you missed last episode – Bob took us inside what it took to make it to an Olympics in those days and spins some cracking yarns about what life was like on tour. In Part B, Bob recollects on his Olympic Experience and how they came so close to clinching Australia’s first-ever Olympic gold. A brilliant coach in his own right, Bob then talks about his coaching philosophy and his take on what it takes to make a great team. Rip in!

15. The Help Side - Bob Proctor - Part A

15. The Help Side - Bob Proctor - Part A

August 19, 2020

#TheHelpSide Today we’re going back in time, to a time where things were done a little differently. Today’s guest is former Australian Goal Keeper, Bob Proctor. Now by ‘former’, I mean Bob won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Bob finished his career with 40 caps across 2 world cups and the aforementioned Olympic Games and has since become one of Sydney’s most successful coaches, coaching numerous teams to several premierships as well as coaching the NSW Australian Hockey League side for a number of years. 

Bob played in a time where the international hockey landscape was completely different and has some of the best yarns in the business. He’s a magnificent storyteller and I can tell you that the time we spent chatting in Bob’s backyard over some nuts and a tea were some of the quickest minutes of my life. From being the first Australian team to play on Astroturf to abandoning a match mid-game in Pakistan and all the on-tour antics in between, it’s a little different this week, but truly absorbing. I hope you enjoy The Help Side of Bob Proctor.

14. The Help Side - Anna Flanagan - Part B

14. The Help Side - Anna Flanagan - Part B

August 12, 2020

#TheHelpSide Anna Flanagan was in her final year of high school when she was first picked in the Australian Squad and made her Hockeyroos debut as a bright-eyed 18-year-old against Korea the following year. In the years that followed, Anna made a name for herself as a prodigious flicker and athletic defender who, with a trademark yellow ribbon in her hair, quickly became a fan favourite. By the time she played her last game for the Hockeyroos, she was only 24 and had won two Commonwealth Games Gold medal, one World Cup Silver, been to an Olympics and in 2012 was awarded FIH Young Player of the Year. While her on-pitch record speaks for itself, Anna was also a frontrunner off the pitch and was peerless in her ability to leverage her image for the benefit of exposing the sport she loves to a wider audience. As the first hockey athlete to be sponsored by global giants Red Bull and Nike, Anna’s story is quite unlike anything we’ve heard so far. 

In her typically open manner, Anna reveals her journey with the Hockeyroos was far from smooth sailing, and takes us through the highs and lows of elite sport, and uniquely to Anna, the fame and pressure that can come with it. In this episode, Part B, Anna speaks candidly about her struggles with mental health and reveals what’s next, and once you hear it, I’m sure you’ll agree – it’s a pretty good fit. Please enjoy Part B of The Help Side of, Anna Flanagan.

14. The Help Side - Anna Flanagan - Part A

14. The Help Side - Anna Flanagan - Part A

August 12, 2020

#TheHelpSide Anna Flanagan was in her final year of high school when she was first picked in the Australian Squad and made her Hockeyroos debut as a bright-eyed 18-year-old against Korea the following year. In the years that followed, Anna made a name for herself as a prodigious flicker and athletic defender who, with a trademark yellow ribbon in her hair, quickly became a fan favourite. By the time she played her last game for the Hockeyroos, she was only 24 and had won two Commonwealth Games Gold medal, one World Cup Silver, been to an Olympics and in 2012 was awarded FIH Young Player of the Year. While her on-pitch record speaks for itself, Anna was also a frontrunner off the pitch and was peerless in her ability to leverage her image for the benefit of exposing the sport she loves to a wider audience. As the first hockey athlete to be sponsored by global giants Red Bull and Nike, Anna’s story is quite unlike anything we’ve heard so far.

In her typically open manner, Anna reveals her journey with the Hockeyroos was far from smooth sailing, and takes us through the highs and lows of elite sport, and uniquely to Anna, the fame and pressure that can come with it. She speaks candidly about her struggles with mental health and reveals what’s next for Anna Flanagan, and once you hear it, I’m sure you’ll agree – it’s a pretty good fit. Please enjoy Part A of The Help Side of, Anna Flanagan.

13. The Help Side - Moritz Fürste - Part B

13. The Help Side - Moritz Fürste - Part B

August 5, 2020

#TheHelpSide Today’s interview is with dual Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 FIH World Player of the Year, Ex-German International Moritz Fürste. In the decade before his retirement in 2016, few players on the international circuit commanded as much influence on a game than Mo. As regular listeners to the podcast would know, he’s a popular answer for many when they list the best player they have ever played against. Whether it be scoring penalty corners, breaking the game open through the midfield, penetrating opposition defence with his pass or simply imposing his presence with his voice, he was one of those players who you were just constantly aware of. 

Over the two parts of this interview, Mo offers incredible insight into the culture of German hockey and what makes it unique. Mo’s take on sports psychology and his approach to leadership and Olympic Success are as interesting as they are powerful, and you won’t want to miss them. In this Episode, Part B of the interview,  Mo opens up about growing up in Germany, which included brushing shoulders with some pretty famous sportspeople. From there we talk injuries, leadership and retirement. Please enjoy The Help Side of, Moritz Fürste.

13. The Help Side - Moritz Fürste - Part A

13. The Help Side - Moritz Fürste - Part A

August 5, 2020

#TheHelpSide Today’s interview is with dual Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 FIH World Player of the Year, Ex-German International Moritz Fürste. In the decade before his retirement in 2016, few players on the international circuit commanded as much influence on a game than Mo. As regular listeners to the podcast would know, he’s a popular answer for many when they list the best player they have ever played against. Whether it be scoring penalty corners, breaking the game open through the midfield, penetrating opposition defence with his pass or simply imposing his presence with his voice, he was one of those players who you were just constantly aware of. 

Over the two parts of this interview, Mo offers incredible insight into the culture of German hockey and what makes it unique. Mo’s take on sports psychology and his approach to leadership and Olympic Success are as interesting as they are powerful, and you won’t want to miss them. In this, Part A of the interview, we start the interview reminiscing about old times during the Hockey India League, before moving on to a discussion about some of Mo’s most memorable hockey moments, including that victory over the Kookaburras in the 2012 Olympic Semi-Final, which he credits as being one of the greatest games in which he’s ever played. This is hockey royalty folks, please enjoy The Help Side of, Moritz Fürste.

12. The Help Side - Kieran Govers - Part B

12. The Help Side - Kieran Govers - Part B

July 29, 2020

#TheHelpSide This week we talk to the man they call the Tattooed Titan, Kieran Govers. After bursting on to the scene for the Kookaburras as a youngster at the 2010 World Cup, Kieran quickly became one of the most popular players in World Hockey and made a name for himself as a lethal striker and walking highlight reel, with some of the most unforgettable goals scored in Australian hockey. I was pretty pumped Kieran agreed to share his story with The Help Side, because it is by no means a smooth one, and the resilience Kieran has shown throughout his career is something that is truly inspiring. 

 

Kieran Govers is one of the true servants of hockey, and despite it being really quite a cruel game to him at times, his love and passion for the game and its development is quite incredible. In this episode, Part B, Kieran opens up about how he defines himself as a hockey player and what it's like travelling the world on the club circuit getting paid to do what he loves. We also talk about adversity, injuries and retirement. Enjoy Part B of The Help Side with Kieran Govers.

12. The Help Side - Kieran Govers - Part A

12. The Help Side - Kieran Govers - Part A

July 29, 2020

#TheHelpSide This week we talk to the man they call the Tattooed Titan, Kieran Govers. After bursting on to the scene for the Kookaburras as a youngster at the 2010 World Cup, Kieran quickly became one of the most popular players in world hockey and made a name for himself as a lethal striker and walking highlight reel, with some of the most unforgettable goals scored on the world stage. I was pretty pumped Kieran agreed to share his story with The Help Side, because it is by no means a smooth one, and the resilience Kieran has shown throughout his career is something that is truly inspiring. 

 

We sat down after a game of golf in the change rooms of Sutherland Hockey Club and chatted for about an hour and a half about the highs and lows of his career. Being one of the great Sydney clubs, you’ll hear a bunch of excited kids in the background at times, eager to get back to training and there’ll be an intrusion or two but to be honest, I found it kind of fitting, given the man I had in front of me. Kieran is one of the true servants of hockey, and despite it being really quite a cruel game to him at times, his love and passion for the game and its development remain quite incredible. In Part A of the interview, we talk about his path to the Kookaburras and how it very nearly didn't happen. He's got some cracking stories for you all, so we hope you enjoy the Help Side of Kieran Govers. 

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