From global icons to grassroots heroes, the media has been full of horror stories about athletes’ mental health. Sporting bodies and Federations have also come under fire for not providing enough support to athletes as they transition to the next stage of their careers.
It’s time to talk solutions.
Building on these tough conversations, elite athletes from across Australia are coming together to help each other navigate life after sport. They’ll be paving their own way, discussing innovative solutions and looking at implementing real change in an athlete-led Summit, taking place on Friday, 10thNovember, 2017.
“The welfare of all athletes is something that needs to be addressed. Our upcoming Athlete Mental Health and Identity Summit aims to educate people on the hardships faced by athletes during and at the end of their careers. But more importantly, we want to provide a framework of skills to help athletes deal with life after sport and move onto the next chapter of their lives,” said Gearoid Towey, Founder of Crossing the Line Sport.
This second Summit facilitated by the not-for-profit organisation, Crossing the Line, will include a series of empowering panels and hands-on workshops, which will provide athletes, their coaches, clubs and federations with actionable insights and practical information, opportunities and tools.
“We are extremely honoured to have a list of incredible guest speakers to pass on their insights, including Olympic Gold medallists Matthew Mitcham and Kim Brennan, former Wallaby Al Baxter, former NRL player Dan Conn, Paralympian Danni di Toro and AFL Premiership winner Mike Pyke,” said Towey.
Topics will include the concept of athlete identity, reducing the stigma of mental health, the importance of dual pathways, developing transferable business skills and understanding addiction.
“This Summit aims to really help and guide current and former athletes on their options after sport has finished.
“The time has well and truly come to start working on solutions rather than continually discussing the issues, so for that reason alone, this second athlete Summit will be a success!,” concluded Towey.
DATE: Friday 10th November, 2017
TIME: 8.45am- 4.30pm
VENUE: EY, Level 34, 200 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
TICKETS: From $85 (significant discounts are available for athletes and their support staff)