2021 in focus

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” – this Mike Tyson quote is one of my favourites and I refer to it often, but it feels especially relevant when we think back on 2020; a year that could definitely be described as a sucker-punch!

For my first blog post...

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The art of pivoting

Pivoting (not only a basketball term for changing direction, but also one of the most-used words of 2020!): it is something we have all had to do, in many ways and on many occasions, throughout 2020. We’ve become experts at ‘thriving in uncertainty’ – and while I know the...

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Before the sun goes down

Watching the sun go down on a recent holiday with my family, I began thinking about all the things I still have left on my bucket list. I was also keen to find out about my family's dreams and goals.

At the top of my bucket list is taking a year off with my daughter, Jordan, and wife, Sarah,...

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Leave the jersey in a better place

Something magical happens when you’re playing for a higher power… like when a player puts on a jersey that’s steeped in the history of the sport – you feel the legacies of the great players who have gone before. 
 
You’re instantly lifted. You want to...
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Hold Your Friends (and Your Memories) Tight

I recently spent a few days on a little slice of rustic paradise: Cape Upstart, only accessible by boat out of Molongle Creek, further north than Bowen. It’s the kind of place that etches childhood memories on your heart and mind. A place that gets under your skin, and becomes that place...

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Taking time for mental health

mental health Oct 13, 2020

10-18 October 2020 is Queensland Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is #TakeTime for mental health, and now, more than ever, it’s so important to take the time to check in with yourself and those around you.

Over the years, I have found that I’m happiest when I’m living...

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The Opening Ceremony is here (again!) Reliving Sydney 20 years on

“Stepping out in front of 120,000 fans, introducing some of the greatest athletes this country’s ever produced to the rest of the world. It’s spine-tingling stuff, and I get goosebumps every time I think about it.” Andrew Gaze

Can you believe it’s been 20...

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Learners Never Lose

In my work as a motivational speaker, I’m usually focused on helping people to achieve their goals. But ‘success’ rarely follows a linear path. In my career, I’ve achieved some of my biggest dreams, but what you may not realise is that I’ve probably failed more times...

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Reliving Sydney

podcast sydney relived Aug 25, 2020

This week, I’m in Townsville watching boxer Jeff Horn take on Tim Tszyu. It’s a special visit for a couple of reasons: I first met Jeff in 2012 at Kirribilli House, and he was the most humble, thoughtful and gentle bloke. I couldn’t imagine him as a boxer! I even...

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August Update

Wow, what a wild ride the last few weeks have been! 

ICYMI: I launched my first Podcast series, On My Day with Nat Cook – Tokyo2020ne, which uncovered the stories of 17 Olympians and Tokyo hopefuls, whose dreams have been put on hold due to the rescheduling of the Games. There were too...

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