“My stubborn refusal to seek help is what kept me sick for so many years. Now, I really encourage people to reach out as a first resort, rather the last.” And so began the third Crossing the Line Summit, with 2008 Olympic Games diving gold medalist Matthew Mitcham plunging straight into why he and other … Continue reading How the sporting world is embracing mental health
Mental health in sport is now far more openly discussed – behind closed doors and in public. But there is still more to be done to better educate athletes on the benefit of seeking help when dealing with personal issues during their sporting careers. Crossing the Line founder and MD Gearoid Towey believes that many … Continue reading Why athletes are afraid to speak out about mental health
Start thinking. Get planning. Don’t be afraid to network and show your personality while you have the platform to do so. That is the advice of Richard Stenhouse, managing director of the Australian sports talent search and recruitment company Global Elite Sports, for athletes who are still competing and looking for career opportunities in the … Continue reading A balanced life creates better athletes and more career opportunities
Olympic sculling champion Kim Brennan does not put any gloss on it. Working during an elite sports career (in her case, rowing) is “tough”. But the 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist, who since last year’s Games has worked at EY as a Technology Manager, believes that her dual pathway brought the best out of all … Continue reading Kim Brennan: I wouldn’t have rowed after 2008 if I didn’t have work and study on the side
Cycling Australia recognises that it needs to improve its athlete wellbeing program after reports of former elite riders continuing to wrestle with mental health issues long after their retirement. Cycling Australia (CA) chief executive Nick Green is also “absolutely” willing to consider a proposal suggested to him by Crossing the Line for he and the national … Continue reading How much more evidence do we really need to link sport and mental health?
Credit: Mark Nolan/Getty Images AsiaPac Former Australian rugby union player Al Baxter says he’s “one of the lucky ones”. Not just lucky because he played professional rugby for 12 years, including 69 Tests with the Wallabies, but because he recognised that his sporting career would always be “transient” and worked part-time as an architect in readiness … Continue reading Shining a light on athlete mental health
Standing outside a packed church in Sydney in August, I had two thoughts. Both were most probably shared by the other 200 or so mourners who were also unable to get a seat inside. First was the grief I felt for a young life tragically lost far too early. The second: “How did it come … Continue reading The pursuit of excellence can come at a price: it’s time for change
Editor’s note: An interesting look at whether 2D:4D ratio predicts sporting prowess, and if so, how that is related to robust mental health. Examine your fingers. Which is longer? Is it the index finger (the finger you use to point with – technically the second digit, or 2D, counting the thumb), or the ring finger … Continue reading Finger size does matter… in sports
I have a big pile of them now. Letters from my bank to say I have missed yet another payment for either council tax, phone or utility bill. And every time I open them, it is another reminder that I feel like I am failing. That I, Gail Emms, Olympic Silver Medalist, am a failure. … Continue reading ‘I’m ashamed to admit I’m struggling’ – Gail Emms on retiring from sport
The media has been full of people piling on tennis player Bernard Tomic in the past week. Tomic was knocked out of the first round of Wimbledon earlier this month. Since then, he’s suggested in several interviews that he rarely gives a 100 per cent to the sport and has lost any love for it … Continue reading Is Bernard Tomic suffering from serious burnout?