20 episodes

Conversations with trailblazers, rule breakers, those who pave their own lane and venture boldly into the unknown. By entering this unchartered arena they inevitably stumble, yet they all display an ability to innovate and contribute, even when the odds are not in their favour. We skip over the highlights reel and go into the guts of who they are & what they believe in.

Hosted by endurance athlete and social impact entrepreneur, Samantha Gash. In 2016 she ran 3253kms from the West to East of India, whilst raising funds for access to education programs across India. In 2020 she co-founded the Relief Run, which raised over $1.1million dollars to support the Australian bushfire crises.

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Conversations with trailblazers, rule breakers, those who pave their own lane and venture boldly into the unknown. By entering this unchartered arena they inevitably stumble, yet they all display an ability to innovate and contribute, even when the odds are not in their favour. We skip over the highlights reel and go into the guts of who they are & what they believe in.

Hosted by endurance athlete and social impact entrepreneur, Samantha Gash. In 2016 she ran 3253kms from the West to East of India, whilst raising funds for access to education programs across India. In 2020 she co-founded the Relief Run, which raised over $1.1million dollars to support the Australian bushfire crises.

    20th episode, Lucy Bartholomew interviewing host Sam Gash - Purpose, People & Planet

    20th episode, Lucy Bartholomew interviewing host Sam Gash - Purpose, People & Planet

    The roles have been reversed and podcast favourite Lucy Bartholomew is interviewing ME for the 20th episode. Despite some reluctance on my end, Lucy convinced me that it is nice for you (the listener) to know more about the person interviewing all of these epic guests! Despite being interviewed on many other podcasts over the years, this surprisingly felt exposing - which is a healthy reminder for me in my role as host! Neither Lucy or I held back in what we shared.

    So here it is, and our regular conversations will continue in the next episode!!!

    We discuss:

    • the journey from awkward kid who avoided sport into someone who creates expedition and adventure races around the world.
    • our mutual admiration for Rich Roll
    • getting caught in the conveyer belt of perceived success
    • the power of storytelling across platforms
    • the process of allowing ideas to grow - from the initial idea, who you should share them with & the analytical phase.
    • how to be of value in collaborative teams
    • how the relief run came to life and raised over $1million in 12 days
    • imposter syndrome - when/where I've felt it & how I know navigate through it
    • taking ownership over how we communicate about ourselves
    • who I would want to sit at a dinner table with

    A brief snapshot into me:

    After a decade of study, I became a lawyer working for the largest international law firm in the world - Baker & McKenzie. I traded in my heels & mini tailored suit (which we discuss in the episode) for running shoes and I have spent the following decade using running, adventure and storytelling as a vehicle for social impact. Specifically, in the space of access to education; women's empowerment and supporting First Nations communities and organisations. I was the first woman to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam; traversed 3500kms across India on foot and completed the World's Toughest Race.

    I am a proud Goodwill Ambassador for World Vision Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and a corporate presenter. Last December I married Mark Wales, who I met on the set of Survivor. Together we have a wild two-year-old called Harry. I have raised $1.5 million dollars for charities such as World Vision, Save the Children and the Australian Red Cross, with the talent and time of some epic people.

    You can check more of my tales from the trails via www.samanthagash.com, socials @samanthagash & youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/samanthagash

    • 1 hr 16 min
    19. Ben Kenyon - How Trailblazers Thrive under Pressure

    19. Ben Kenyon - How Trailblazers Thrive under Pressure

    Ben Kenyon is the High Performance Coach for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers. He is the Ultimate Hype Man, the King of Community, Connection & Human Performance. This conversation will remind you that what truly counts is the work you do when no-one is watching. He is also the founder of the Great Day Squad, who provide interactive workshops and engaging experiences to help YOU achieve your personal best performance.

    He's currently based in Florida with the Blazers during his 7th season with the team, with the season expecting to finish in October. As a Performance Coach he addresses each athlete - individually and holistically. With the objective of train; prepare and inspire them to compete and achieve success at the highest level of professional basketball. Specifically he's in charge of providing the athletes with nutrition guidance, physical strength improvements, moral support and innovative recovery techniques to better themselves in all areas of human performance. We discuss the foundations for performance all the way through to the 1%.

    We discuss the impact of travel and sleep on high performance. Especially relevant as the Blazers are the only NBA team in the Pacific Northwest & travel more miles than any other team in the NBA. In fact, they have logged more travel miles than any team in the four major professional sports leagues in North America.

    We talk in depth about the current controversies in the US. Ben shares his unique and wise lens on the pressure people are facing and how listening, without necessarily a response, is his best piece of advice.

    Ben came to the Blazers from George Washington University, where he served as Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning, a position that oversees strength and conditioning and nutrition for all 23 varsity sports.

    Not exclusively we discuss:

    • tools to perform better
    • the way out of adversity and darkness
    • creating community by living in your core values
    • how to recognise your core values by identify what sticks with you in the tough times
    • why its important to be motivated to show up even when there is no one watching or when you receive no external affirmation
    • the power of sleep
    • how to get your team to trust you
    • the balance of science and art.

    You can follow this legend of a human via socials @ben_kenyon_ and @greatdaysquad

    • 1 hr 41 min
    18. Emelie Forsberg - Play More, Live Slower!

    18. Emelie Forsberg - Play More, Live Slower!

    "I remember when I realised running was always there for me, it was like a friend I had taken for granted."

    Emelie is a Swedish athlete, a four-time back-to-back Sky Runner World Series champion, and record holder for Fastest Known Time for five different ultra-running race courses. Emelie has also earned six medals at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships. She has been a member of the Swedish National Ski Mountaineering team and the Swedish National Ultratrail team.

    BUT you will hear us speak little of these accolades and far more about what drives her, her challenges and life philosophy. She wears many hats (athlete, mother, farmer, business owner....list goes on) - but through experience and reflection she is acutely aware of her energy levels. She knows when she needs to focus and where detachment is useful to create balance, it is also a constant work in progress.

    We discuss:

    • how to manage pressure
    • working with your own mind, how to feel secure - in running and in life
    • her view on slow living
    • the importance of preparation to enable "play"
    • the journey from Chamonix to Norway, to creating MOONVALLEY
    • reframing discomfort
    • her run across the Kingsluden to recapture her inner motivation
    • returning to movement & performance after having her daughter Maj
    • her & Kilian's perspective on risk.

    Emelie is a plant-based athlete who enjoys sustainable living with a healthy and holistic approach.

    FYI... Dean Karnazes description of Emelie is SPOT ON....."Emelie Forsberg is a genuine trailblazer, both on the mountain and in life. Sheʼs boldly parted from convention and chosen a path less trodden, one that is jagged and sheer, though infinitely more rewarding..."

    You can discover more of Emelie via these channels -

    • instagram: @tinaemelie & @moonvalley.me
    • website: www.emelieforsberg.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    17. Diana Ryall - a masterclass in career advancement, gender & cultural diversity: from the first female leader of an IT company (Apple) in Australia

    17. Diana Ryall - a masterclass in career advancement, gender & cultural diversity: from the first female leader of an IT company (Apple) in Australia

    What a privilege to host Diana Ryall on the podcast. She is a slam dunk guest in that she has a wealth of experience, credibility, mastery in storytelling and provided a stream of practical advice. I highly recommend this conversation!!

    By way of brief bio, Diana Ryall was the Managing Director at Apple Australia from 1997 to 2001. While holding this position, the company was recognised by Hewitt Associates as "Employer of the Year". She has been innovating and disrupting the workplace for more than 30 years. She is not afraid to speak up and is well-known for her efforts to challenge people to think differently and to bring equality and cultural change to the workplace.

    Diana shares her trajectory and tales from high school maths teacher, becoming a mother of two boys, shifting into computer programming and the journey into the MD role at Apple Australia (which was not smooth sailing).

    Diana gives advice and anecdotal frameworks for:

    • applying for a job - (particularly when you don't fulfil all of the criteria)
    • requesting a job promotion
    • strategies if you have been treated poorly or devalued by senior management
    • how to work out if you have been paid fairly
    • how to request pay parity
    • how to position yourself for bonuses.

    Further bio -

    In 2002, Diana founded the company 'Xplore for Success' which offers services to organisations to support professionals to achieve personal success. The Xplore programs have challenged over 6000 women and men in organisations such as American Express, CBA, Deloitte, Dept. of Commerce, Centrelink, GHD, Lend Lease, Luxottica, KPMG, and NAB.

    From 2005 to 2008, Diana led the Chief Executive Women's (CEW). A member-based organisation representing Australia's most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

    From 2006 to 2009, Diana was the Vice President of the CEW and was one of the authors of the CEO Kit, which provides pragmatic ways to measure gender diversity initiatives. Diana was part of the judging panel of the Australian Best Employers program run by Hewitt Associates, sat on the panel for Deloitte's Businesswomen of the year awards and was on the Diversity Council for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

    In 2010, Diana became a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for her significant contribution to the education community, her commitment and support to the advancement of women, and her ongoing and wide-reaching charitable work.

    She is an ambassador for Honour a Woman, Good Return and Dress for Success Sydney, and sits on the Industry Advisory Group for Victorian Police.

    As a breast cancer survivor, Ms Ryall supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and is a key spokesperson for International Women's Day and is committed to a number of charitable and philanthropic causes.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    16. Mario Rigby - walking the length of Africa (12,000kms) & why we need diversity in exploration

    16. Mario Rigby - walking the length of Africa (12,000kms) & why we need diversity in exploration

    This is a story about adventure, breaking the mould of expectation and learning how to navigate through fear - the fear of others and yourself.

    Mario was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and moved to a small village near Stuttgart, Germany after turning 1. His memories of the first decade of his life included looking different to everyone else and embracing the outdoors. He returned to the Caribbean with his Mum and brother and a new set of challenges were created. This time he looked like everyone else, but his behaviours set him apart and it took sport to find a sense of belonging in a place he wanted to call home.

    With hard work and the sense of structure that was fostered in his early years of life, Mario became a talented track and field athlete, representing the Turks and Caicos Islands. We discuss the blending of the German and Caribbean cultures that fostered his skills, mindset and curiosity for high performance and exploration.

    We explore the role of the Black Panther in his journey and dive deep into his two year voyage where he covered the length of Africa from South to North... entirely by foot and kayak....That's 12,000 kilometers that would take him through South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

    Preparation for the trip took nine months. He had to plan out his shelter and consider how to survive in any terrain, whether forest, desert or even mountains. Mario's training involved a 15 day hike from Toronto to Montreal - which also happened to be the first hiking experience of his life.

    When Mario encountered difficult physical and bureaucratic situations, it was the people of Africa who helped him maintain his spirit to continue the journey.

    This conversation looks at the flexibility of the mind that is required for feats of endurance in unfamiliar settings; why he loved Sudan so much, the partnership of an Italian stranger, being arrested in Malawi & handcuffed for three nights, being shot by rebel tribes in Mozambique, the come down post expedition and the importance of diversity in the outdoors and exploration.

    You can learn more about Mario via his website http://www.mariorigby.com/

    • 1 hr 35 min
    15. Mark Healey - Big Waves, Bullying & Meditation

    15. Mark Healey - Big Waves, Bullying & Meditation

    Mark Healey is a legendary big wave surfer, award-winning spear-fisherman, free-diver, photographer, filmmaker, yoga practitioner, conservationist and part-time Hollywood stuntman. This conversation goes deep into the water and reveals Mark's humility; intellect, humour and ability to utilise ego to do good things & progress. He describes ego like fire - "it can save your life or burn you, you just have to know what doses." Mark continually strives to find new ways in which to explore, commune with and protect our natural world.

    Mark grew up with the pulse of the ocean in his blood. Hailing from the North Shore of Oahu, his world was shaped by the ever-changing sea and the lush tropical landscape that surrounded him. His aquatic education began at the age of three when his father led him out into powerful eight-foot high Hawaiian surf. It has been a journey of tenaciousness and a thirst for learning over natural talent. He earned his first surf sponsorship at age 13 and went pro at 17. He's now achieved victories at big wave events around the world, and thats only the tip of the ocean.

    This conversation reveals

    • the source of his drive
    • how he was bullied as a kid and practical advice to confront the perception you have of yourself
    • his appetite to explore new frontiers
    • the physiological & physical responses when you hold your breath
    • how the practice of free diving has allowed him to confront discomfort , - which serves him well in big wave surfing and in all forms of life discomfort
    • his time and the challenges of tagging Hammerhead sharks for scientific research
    • the loss he's experienced in the surfing world
    • his shift in how he mitigates risk (from sleep, meditation, food, hydration, critical examination of why)

    Details on Mark
    website: https://markhealeywaterman.com/
    instagram:@healeywaterops
    youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoVgwQND_LFjJNvkP3SFbGQ
    Mark Healey's Guide to Heavy Water (discussed in the podcast) https://courses.theinertia.com/mark-healey-guide-heavy-water

    • 1 hr 31 min

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