Discussions with individuals from professional sport, military, arts, business and other performance industries on their careers to date, with a focus on high performance and what makes these individuals tick.
Hosted by David Clancy and Ciaran Dunne. Sponsored by Hauora.
#138 Caleb Swanepoel - Shark attack survivor, athlete and motivational speaker
Today we spoke with Caleb Swanepoel - Shark attack survivor, athlete and motivational speaker.
For this episode, we would like to raise awareness for www.WeThe15.org - sport’s biggest ever human rights movement to end discrimination. The aim is to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, who represent 15% of the global population.
Caleb is a father, an inspiration and a resilient human being, living in Cape Town, South Africa. In June 2015 his right leg was amputated above the knee after he was attacked by a great white shark while bodysurfing in Buffalo Bay, South Africa. Caleb is keen to test himself on the Shakespeare circuit in London – but there are other opportunities. Since the shark attack, he’s gone back into the water many times, excelling at elite levels in surfing and swimming; he won his division in the International Surfing Association Adaptive Surfing Championships.
Today we talk about what his son has taught him, what did it change internally being a dad...seeing something that's a part of you, connected to you, and fresh perspectives. We speak about his mom running a school, and her driving force and love for teaching...no doubt a huge influence on the performing arts and drama studies now a part of Calebs' life.
We unpack living in the moment, be that swimming and training...trauma, fear of failure, connection and overcoming. Caleb talks to us about our capability as humans, what he does when angered and frustrated, and an attitude focusing on that there's not such a thing as bad weather, just bad gear - control what you can control!
The WeThe15 movement is discussed, as the shark attack (which he tells the story!) changed how he sees disability, a lived experience of differently-abled - 1.2 billion have some type of challenge - reflect on inclusion and equity!
What a chat!
#137 Rich Froning - American professional CrossFit athlete, and owner of the gym CrossFit Mayhem of Mayhem Nation
Today we spoke with Rich Froning - American professional CrossFit athlete, and owner of the gym CrossFit Mayhem of Mayhem Nation
Today's episode has been kindly sponsored by Jim Hensel - culture coach, personal development expert and director of Mayhem Mindset. Find out more at www.mayhemmindset.com
Rich Froning is known for his achievements in participating in the CrossFit Games. He became the first person to win the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" 4 times with his first-place finish in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 CrossFit Games. In 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021 he led a team from CrossFit Mayhem to the first-place finish in the Team category in the CrossFit Games. Froning also owns and operates the affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA.
Today we spoke about faith, family and fitness - the big rocks in Richs' life, and how he grades himself in each every day. We learned about his Irish ancestry, his interest in hurling - and the controlled chaos with his 3 children..."a party every day".
We asked about what the indoctrination to his gym looks like - and got a sense as to what sort of environment it is. Rich told us about his training and recovery practices, and how these processes have evolved. We discussed competing individually and in team events - and his role as a leader.
From a big family from Michigan...a dad, husband, competitor and team leader...lean in!
Special thanks to Jen, Rory McKernan and Jim Hensel from the Mayhem Nation for helping make this happen, and for supporting our show! Having had Jim before, now Rich...it would be great to hear Rorys' story too!
#136 Ray Goggins - Director at Coreskill Training, Chief Instructor RTE television Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week - and author of 'Ranger 22'
Today we spoke with Ray Goggins - Director at Coreskill Training, Chief Instructor RTE television Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week - and author of 'Ranger 22'.
Ray served in the Special Forces Task Unit as a Senior NCO, as part of the Irish Defence Forces. He has vast operational experience and went on many deployments to hostile environments and conflict zones. A specialist in anti-terrorism and hostage rescue, maritime counter terrorism and combat diving, Ray was an expert in surveillance/ reconnaissance and intelligence...and a special ops instructor, physical trainer and manager.
We started this chat about his new book 'Ranger 22 - lessons from the front', and why he had to write that book; Ray explains how the knowledge he acquired over the years has been distilled to lessons that we all can understand and use. Ray explains what his business 'Coreskill training' is all about...creating a mindset to be better, where performance, passion and purpose unite. For Ray, mindset and mental fortitude is what separates those who make it and those who struggle.
We hear amazing stories of resilience and determination from the RTE show 'Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week' - where 24 civilian recruits take part in a gruelling special forces selection course, designed by Ray and other members of the elite unit, the Army Ranger Wing...the Irish equivalent of the SAS and Navy SEALs. We unpack composure, a superpower according to Ray, confidence, team building strategies - and the essence of leadership.
#135 Dr Preston Cline - Co-Founder and Director of Research and Education at Mission Critical Team Institute
Today we spoke with Dr Preston Cline - Co-Founder and Director of Research and Education at Mission Critical Team Institute
Newly appointed a visiting Scholar in the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative within the University of Pennsylvania, Preston will continue to dig into the neuroscience of learning and teaming. His previous training as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, a Rescue Diver and an Ocean Lifeguard Trainer meant that Preston has led responses to numerous critical and catastrophic incidents. It was these experiences that were the catalyst for 30 years of academic research on human interaction with uncertainty...the question of why some people make it, while others do not.
Preston has received a BSc from Rutgers, a Masters of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. We unpack his road from academia to operational risk management, expeditions - and back to academia. We learn about how to build a trusting and competent team if zombies are going to attack Earth tomorrow, explore uncertainty and how to employ systems to benefit from mistakes – you cannot learn without the absence of failure – the brain needs this to adapt!
Preston discussed his 'Teamcast' podcast, with a lens on research for frontline medical workers, and what the second curve will look like. He distinguishes between critical and routine communication, managing change, learning disciplines and conflict management.
Uncertainty, fear, and risk is part of the human experience – learn the rhythm of the waves like elite teams. Learn to body surf and thrive with Preston!
#134 Damien Quinn - Illustrator for professional sports teams, and Curator of 'The Drawn Game'
Today we spoke with Damien Quinn - Illustrator for professional sports teams, and Curator of 'The Drawn Game' Damien Quinn (draws...as per his instagram handle) is a supremely talented Limerick-born illustrator currently living in Sydney, Australia. His clients are very impressive - FC Barcelona, NRL, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, New York Red Bulls, British and Irish Lions, Taste Ireland, Sporting Limerick, The Limerick Leader and Atlanta United FC of the MLS.
Damien illustrated the children's book 'Up in the Air', written by former Tipperary All Ireland winner Paddy Stapleton. The Drawn Game is an illustrated look at the GAA, featuring artwork by 27 illustrators and artists. Damien spoke with some of the greats from the world of hurling, camogie and Gaelic football and of course illustrated some pieces. There are brilliant stories and insights from legends of the game including John Mullane, Jamesie O’Connor, Sarah Dervan, TJ Ryan, Jacqui Hurley and Will O’Donoghue to name but a few from issue 2; proceeds from the sale of the book support Pieta House and Samaritans. Today we spoke about how Damien got involved with so many prestigious sporting institutions, compelling projects, appreciation of work on social media, and collaboration as part of 'The Drawn Game'.
We unpacked memorable art pieces, his process of iteration and sending out work to the public, and how to sustain excellence with a team...rather than only doing one great piece. Damien opened up on supporting charities - he's a giver...a high performer in the truest sense.
#133 Jesse Iwuji - NASCAR driver and U.S. Naval Officer
Today we spoke with Jesse Iwuji - NASCAR driver and U.S. Naval Officer
Jesse is an American professional NASCAR driver and officer in the US Navy Reserve. He is an analyst for NASCAR, co-founded an eSports SimRacing group, is an owner of the Red List Group (an amazing project!) - and is very active in the DE&I space, as an African American in the Navy and in NASCAR.
Jesse played college football in Annapolis, and never lost to the Air Force or Army - Go Navy! As a sailor and driver, Jesse has served as an ambassador for both the military and NASCAR communities. In addition to supporting military philanthropic groups, he is also involved in various NASCAR events supporting the armed forces and veterans.
We spoke about big goals and not being scared to go after them...keeping the inner child, and why he can excel across many things.
We asked about his first car and why he got into racing. Jesse spoke about vision and work ethic, and about what he takes from being an analyst into his role as a driver.
Jesse wants to take over Hollywood! Podcasts like this are made to inspire - this will inspire you! It inspired us!
Brilliant insightful Podcast, highly recommend!
Really enjoyed the interviews on this podcast.
Enjoy it guys, keep it up