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#26 National Sporting Clubs Survey

A recent survey by the Australian Sports Foundation highlighted the risk to our sporting clubs, with 20% thinking they will go under within 3 months, without financial support. CEO, Patrick Walker outlines their role in assisting clubs, practical tips to engage members, kids an volunteers and how clubs can raise funds through their online fundraising platform. Sport SA CEO Leah Cassidy provides an SA perspective on the national survey.


#25 CYCLING | Maeve Plouffe

If you’ve ever fallen in love with something – or someone – you initially found totally unappealing, this episode is for you. Ben’s guest is Australian cyclist Maeve Plouffe, whose love of the bike took some time to develop. Maeve is now a key member of the Australian Track Team Pursuit squad and was earlier this year selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She peddles her remarkable rise here.


#24 VETERANS CRICKET | Anthony Telfer

Ben catches up with Anthony Telfer from the SA Veterans Cricket Association to discuss the growth of veterans cricket around Australia.


#23 Steve Newman | One Club Culture

Sports leadership mentor Steve Newman works with sports clubs to develop a ‘one club culture’. Steve has seen first-hand the adjustments community clubs have had to make during the shutdown, and as we return to sport Steve discusses the key characteristics to give a sports club the best hope of success.


#22 Craig Scott, Goodwood Saints Football Club

The Goodwood Saints Football Club have a track record of success on and off the field. They are a leading community club that has embraced football for all abilities and women, recently winning the Adelaide Footy League’s Women’s Club of the Year Award. They are also a leading advocate for mental health awareness. In his second term as President, Craig Scott reflects on the role community clubs have now compared to 30 years ago.


#21 Nastashia Buck, Gymnastics SA

CEO Nastashia Buck explains how the Gymnastics SA team worked with their member clubs throughout the shutdown and what their focus is now, as they return to sport.


Swimming SA’s Michelle Doyle and Adam Luscombe from SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Marion join Ben Hook to discuss the shutdown and how they are now returning to the pool.


#19 BASKETBALL | Scott Butler & Scott Ninnis

Basketball SA Scott Butler takes us through the return of basketball in South Australia and Scott Ninnis catches up with Ben Hook to discuss the Adelaide 36ers


Adelaide’s Matt Leo has been selected as a defensive end with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Matt speaks with Ben Hook about going from apprentice plumber to a professional in a sport he knew nothing about 6 years prior.


#18 John Kernahan CEO Adelaide Footy League

With 300 games each week the Adelaide Footy League is one of the biggest sporting leagues in Australia. CEO John Kernahan talks about their focus as they plan a return to sport. John highlights the value of the league’s partnership with the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and the impact COVID-19 has had on their clubs and the league.


#17 TABLE TENNIS | Scott Houston

Table Tennis Australia CEO, Scott Houston discusses the growth of table tennis, how their elite players have trained through the shutdown, and planning for a return to sport. Host Ben Hook learns about the entry level program, Spineroos and the exciting table tennis ball machines!


#16 HOCKEY | Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith joins Ben Hook to talk about the successful Port Adelaide District Hockey Club, how they managed their club through the shutdown and how they’re getting back to hockey.


#15 Jenny Williams
Sports psychologist Jenny Williams is the author of ‘Think Prepare Play Like a Champion’ shares her tips on returning to sport.


UPDATE | Return to Sport 22 May 2020

The latest on what your club needs to know as we Return to Sport. Here’s an update from Sport SA, CEO, Leah Cassidy.


#14 CRICKET | Nick Winter

West End Redback’s bowler Nick Winter speaks with Ben Hook about books, study, cricket, mental health and his wedding plans.


#13 Eleni Vosnakis and Josh Willoughby

Eleni, the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Adelaide United W-League team, provides some practical tips to athletes as they return to sport.

Josh, former AFL player and co-founder of RunDNA, shares how data is being used to identify the right shoe for each athlete.


Return to Sport and the Mental Health Conversation

As we re-open our clubs the physical and mental well-being of our members is paramount. Hear why the mental health conversation is important and how your club can go about developing its mental health knowledge

Leah Cassidy, CEO, Sport SA
John Mannion, Executive Director, Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation
Professor Murray Drummond, Researcher, SHAPE Research Centre


#12 SOFTBALL | Aussie Spirit players Stephanie Trzcinski and Belinda White bring us up to speed on the the Olympics, the Softball SA Finals and what it’s like to again be experiencing an Adelaide winter. Softball SA, Executive Officer, James Harris lets us know what’s happening in SA.



Michelle Wilson, Australian Karate representative and General Manager, Adelaide University Sport speaks with Ben Hook about managing 30 different uni sports, the role sport plays in uni life, and how she is managing her training.


Leah Cassidy

Leah Cassidy, CEO, Sport SA guides us through the Return to Sport guidelines that were released today.

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10 NETBALL: Leanne Eichler

Leanne Eichler, Coach of Contax Netball shares how her club’s Premier League players are delivering online programs to the club.

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Cricket Umpires, Eloise Sheridan and Mary Waldron join Ben Hook to discuss how they are making their mark in cricket. Mary still plays cricket for Ireland. Eloise was recently named SACA Premier Cricket Umpire of the Year for season 2019/20.

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Leah Cassidy, CEO Sport SA explains the practical implications of the staged approach as outlined in the ‘National Principles for the resumption of Sport and Recreation activities’.


Australia’s most decorated sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney shares his thoughts on how horse racing, Australian Rules Football and the Olympic Games have responded to the pandemic, and the impact it is having across all sporting codes and entertainment industry.


Daniel Healy, Director at Leading Teams and ex-St Kilda/Central Districts player speaks about the impact the current shutdown is having on the sporting clubs and businesses he works with. Daniel explains how the Care Groups, that are part of their culture and performance programs are helping these groups stay connected. Matt Chesterman, Clubs and Facilities Support Senior Manager at Golf Australia discusses the current restrictions, what clubs should be doing to keep members engaged, and the support mechanisms Golf Australia have available.


With the buoyancy in what appears to be some success in the fight against COVID-19, Ben Hook speaks with SANFL, CEO, Jake Parkinson about the challenges confronting the league as they actively consider the beginning of a winter season.


Keith Bradshaw, CEO, South Australian Cricket Association talks openly about the impact the cessation of sport has had on SACA, the changes they have had to make within their office and the broader impact this will have on cricket within South Australia.


Ben Hook catches up with Wendy Schaeffer, Vice Chairperson of Equestrian SA to hear what their community is doing to plan for a return to competition. Tim Dansie provides insights into what you can be doing with your kids at this time and how as a coach and psychologist he is adapting to new ways of working with his players.


Dr Sam Elliott, Flinders University joins Ben Hook to discuss how to manage the sporting needs of kids whilst organised sport is on hold.
Ben also catches up with two athletes who are actively involved in their sport, South Australian Jockeys Emily Finnegan and Dom Tourneur.


Ben speaks with current Hockeyroos player, Gabi Nance about life since the postponement of the Olympic Games. Adelaide Fire and Exercise Physiologist, Holly Evans talks about the importance of exercise at this time.


Ben Hook catches up with sports journalists, Tom Rehn, Channel 9 / 5AA and Reece Homfray, The Advertiser to hear how they’re dealing with the current COVID-19 situation, and having no live sport to report on.


EPISODE 1 – 1 April 2020

Ben Hook welcomes you to Hooked on Sport, your virtual sports club. Hear how this podcast came about and how you can get involved. Ben speaks with Leah Cassidy, Sport SA and John Mannion, Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation to understand what sporting clubs are doing during these challenging times and how we, as sporting club members can support each other.

Leah Cassidy and John Mannion

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