Entries by Hope Kerslake

Emerging Athlete Report #9

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

It was Preliminary finals week in Queensland Football, with Palm Beach Currumbin’s, Max Spencer, taking on Morningside. Unfortunately they weren’t able to recover from a poor first quarter losing to Morningside by 19 points and being knocked out of the 2020 QAFL Season.

Meanwhile it was a different story for Broadbeach’s Ryan Gilmore, Aiden Fyfe and Kwaby Boakye as they proved too strong for Sherwood winning by 43 points and booking themselves a spot in the QAFL Grand Final.

In the QAFL Colts, Tom Hofert proved to be too big and strong for Wilston Grange kicking 3 goals. However, it was Ryan Pickering who earned best on ground honours in Broadbeach’s 4 point win against Wilston Grange. They will head into next weekends Grand Final against Palm Beach Currumbin.

While Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers had the week off, Jake Bartholomaeus and Sydney University took on UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs in a Qualifying Final. Jake was named in his side’s best players but it wasn’t enough as they lost by 2 points. A double chance has kept them alive, with a do or die clash next weekend.

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #8

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

In the final fixtured game of the year, Frank Anderson has helped Swan Districts claim a 31 point victory, where he had 25 disposals and 5 tackles playing through their midfield. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for Peel Thunder and James Sturrock as they went down in their final game of the year. Sturrock collected 12 disposals and 4 tackles for Peel.  

It was Elimination Finals this week in the QAFL and Max Spencer ensured Palm Beach progressed to a Preliminary Final adding 3 goals in their 45 point win. They will now take on Morningside for a spot in the Grand Final.

In the QAFL Colts, Ryan Pickering was named in Broadbeach’s best players guiding them to a 20 point win. Tom Hofert also kicked a goal for the side, helping them progress to a preliminary final against Wilston Grange next week.

Coolangatta’s Corey Joyce was named in his side’s best players as they went down in a Preliminary Final against Victoria Point.

North Shore Bombers Ryan Hebron and Sydney University’s Jake Bartholomaeus went head to head this weekend with North Shore Bombers coming out on top. Ryan kicked 2 goals for the game and has finished the season equal first in the competition’s goal kicking. Jake was also named in his sides best players. Both Jake and Ryan will move onto finals next week.

Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have proved too strong for the Ipswich Jets on the weekend, winning by 3 points. The two teams were both undefeated heading into this round, making it an intense top of the table clash! With this weeks win, Maddie’s side is sitting on top of the Hart Sapphire Series ladder.

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The Biggest Lesson I Have Learnt – You Can Achieve More From Doing Less

Harriet Brown on the Gold Coast beaches

Harriet Brown is a World Champion Surf Ironwoman, Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series Champion, Australian Team Captain & Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Champion. Based on the Gold Coast, Australia, Harriet trains for her sport with commitment and intent rarely seen in other professional athletes. 

She also balances these training commitments with her work as an Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Instructor, Athlete Mentor & Coach and Public Speaking engagements. Hear more about Harriet and read more blogs like this on her website.

2020 can be your opportunity to do less and learn more.

Four years ago, I was at the checkout of the supermarket and the lady was asking me how my day was. I looked back at her, I couldn’t answer… and I couldn’t even smile. I just paid for my groceries and went straight home feeling rude and deflated. That day I didn’t speak to anyone. That was the day I also forgot to write on my hand to show people; ‘I have a broken jaw, I can’t talk’. That awkward encounter with the check-out lady came at one of my lowest points – two weeks into having my jaw wired shut and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself.

COVID and what we are going through now, whilst bleak, can also be an opportunity. One of the biggest lessons I have learnt in my life came from doing less, not from doing more. I was forced to take a step back from my busy life and jump off that life treadmill. Whilst breaking my jaw was the toughest thing I have been through; it was a blessing in disguise. Something I believe COVID can be for all of us. We have an opportunity to do less and actually reflect on how we are spending our time.

Is what we are doing bringing us joy and helping us achieve our goals?

I broke my jaw when I fell off a bike. For six weeks I couldn’t work, train, eat or talk. I could only drink smoothies or soups through a straw. I lost five kilograms, mostly muscle of which I really didn’t need to lose. I felt weak and skinny. However, I was well practiced at making creative soups and smoothies. The hardest part of the whole ordeal was not being able to talk.

My family live in Victoria and I was in a long-distance relationship at the time. I soon realised that I relied so much on conversation to hash things out, make decisions and bring me happiness. Not being able to be social and communicate verbally was really tough. I had a lot of time to myself to think and I hit a pretty low point half-way through when I realised I was getting no joy from watching Netflix anymore.

I was 25. I was yet to win anything major in my sport of Surf Ironwoman racing and I knew I had to change. I thought about how much effort I had been putting into my sport; training up to three times a day, six days a week. I had been going through the motions, day in day out, turning up to training and getting through the sessions. I started asking myself questions. Why wasn’t I winning? Could I do things differently? Was I really doing all I could to be my best? I was alone with my thoughts for so long that for the first time in my life I actually evaluated what I was doing. 

Firstly, I realised that I truly loved racing and missed training so much. I also realised that if I was going to take the time-consuming, tiring path of pursuing my sport, I needed to do everything I could to be my best. I figured out a plan that included working smarter in the gym, pushing myself harder when I needed to, resting when my body told me too, eating better and going to bed earlier. Some of this I was able to do while my wires were on. I wasn’t super strict or perfect, but my mindset had changed. I had more purpose at each session. I had something to prove.

Harriet Brown Surf Ironwoman Paddling over wave

Whilst I still had my jaw wired shut, I had a meeting with my coach, Naomi Flood. We sat down and chatted about the upcoming World Championships. Well, she chatted to me and I wrote things back to her. It was a tedious process. She told me that I wouldn’t be ready to race. I was devastated so pleaded with her and wrote; ‘please give me a few weeks after I get my wires off and if I’m fit enough, can we talk again’.

After six weeks, I finally had my wires removed and trained the hardest I have ever trained in the lead up to that world championships. I proved to Floody that I should be in the team to go to the Netherlands – I was so excited. Eight weeks after getting my wires off, I was lucky enough to win the World Ironwoman Title. I then went on to win the World Paddleboard Championships and backed it up by winning the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series that season. I had achieved dreams I never thought possible, I was over the moon. I knew this would have never happened if I just kept on training like I was. My broken jaw sure was a blessing in disguise.

Harriet Brown Nutri-Grain World Ironwoman Champion

During this period, it’s okay to take some time for yourself to stop, reset, evaluate and plan. But more importantly explore your purpose. Is what you’re doing making you happy? Are you actually doing your best? Don’t live on auto pilot, figure out if what you’re doing is actually what you want to do, and if it is, are you doing the best you can? For me it helps to write things down, meditate a little, create small goals and habits, and make little changes I know will help me in the long run. Put all these into practice and refer back to them from time to time when life gets busy again. A life with less commitments doesn’t happen often, so embrace it, enjoy it, and figure out what you need to do to reach your goals.

Want to Connect With Harriet?

If you are interested in connecting with Harriet or any of our other athletes for appearances, speaking engagements or brand ambassadorships – get in touch with our team today!

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #7

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Frank Anderson has helped Swan Districts win their second game of the year by 27 points. Anderson collected 24 disposals, 8 tackles and 5 inside 50’s as they proved too strong for Perth.

It was the final fixture game for the QAFL this weekend, with Kwaby Boakye being named best on ground in Broadbeach’s 50 point victory over Morningside. Palm Beach’s Max Spencer went up forward in the last game of the year and proved to be the answer for his side kicking 5.4 and being named his sides best player as they defeated Mt Gravatt by 48 points. Max Pescud kicked 2 goals and was named in the best players for Surfers, while Rhys Nicholls was named in Labrador’s best for a second straight week.

Meanwhile in the QAFL Colts, Tom Hofert and Ryan Pickering proved to be too strong working as a ruck combination together with Tom being named in his sides best players and Ryan kicking a goal.

We wish all our QAFL Clients playing in finals next week the best of luck on their journey to the big dance!

In Sydney, Ryan Hebron kicked 3 goals for North Shore Bombers as they won their 8th straight game. Jake Bartholomaeus was named in Sydney University’s best players and kicked a goal as they also won their 8th straight game, setting up a top of the table clash next week against North Shore Bombers in the final fixture game of the season.

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #6

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Swan Districts Midfielder Frank Anderson had a strong performance in his side’s 35 point loss to East Fremantle collecting 18 disposals and 9 tackles. The loss over the weekend diminishes their finals chances this year, with now just 2 games left for the fixture season. 

In Queensland, Aiden Fyfe  was named best on ground in Broadbeach’s big win over Wilston Grange. Playing off half-back and through the wing, Fyfe was able to help his side rebound the football from their back half. Ryan Gilmore was able to add 2 goals to Broadbeach’s tally and Kwaby Boakye was also named in their best players. Rhys Nicholls provided plenty of run and carry from Labrador’s defensive end but unfortunately wasn’t enough as the side lost by 26 points to Maroochydore.

Ryan Hebron has continued his strong form kicking 4 goals for the North Shore Bombers in their 41 point win, taking his season total to 22 goals from 7 games. Jake Bartholomaeus has been named Best on Ground for the 4th time this year in just his 5th game for Sydney University, they proved too strong for their opponents on the weekend winning by 70 points.

It was Brisbane North Cougars proving too strong again in the Hart Sapphire Series, with Maddie Hinchliffe assisting her side to victory playing through mid-court.

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AFLW Sign & Trade Wrap 2020

It has been an exciting couple of weeks with several RDK Clients finding a new home in the recent AFLW Sign & Trade Period.

After spending 4 years at Melbourne, Aliesha Newman has made the move across the road to Collingwood. Over 25 games, Aliesha kicked 11 goals in her time at the Demons. We can’t wait to see her in the Black and White for season 2021.

While up north, Suns player Taylor Smith was traded to the Brisbane Lions keeping her in the Sunshine State. Taylor played her first game in 2019 where she debuted in Round 6 against the West Coast Eagles. We look forward to the new season and what it brings for Taylor in just her second season of AFLW.

We are also pleased to have had Mikala Cann (Collingwood), Jordan Membrey (Collingwood), Kate Surman (Gold Coast), Ellie Hampson (Gold Coast), Amy McDonald (Geelong), Georgie Rankin (Geelong), Ellie Gavalas (North Melbourne), Cleo Saxon-Jones (Richmond) and Tarni White (St Kilda) all re-signed with their respective clubs for the upcoming season.

Shannon Campbell (Brisbane Lions), Bre Koenen (Brisbane Lions), Jamie Stanton (Gold Coast) and Rebecca Beeson (GWS Giants) have all been able to extend their time with their club, contracting them till the end of the 2022 AFLW Season.

Sally Riley, Maddie Shevlin & Sam Virgo will all continue in 2021 as they had signed prior to Sign & Trade Period this year.

We can’t wait to see all RDK AFLW Clients back out in action for the 2021 Season!

Sign & Trade Recap

Trades

Aliesha Newman (Melbourne Demons to Collingwood Magpies)

Taylor Smith  (Gold Coast Suns to Brisbane Lions)

Re-Signings

Mikala Cann (Collingwood)

Jordan Membrey (Collingwood)

Kate Surman (Gold Coast)

Ellie Hampson (Gold Coast)

Amy McDonald (Geelong)

Georgie Rankin (Geelong)

Ellie Gavalas (North Melbourne)

Cleo Saxon-Jones (Richmond)

Tarni White (St Kilda)

Extensions

Shannon Campbell (Brisbane Lions)

Bre Koenen (Brisbane Lions)

Jamie Stanton (Gold Coast)

Rebecca Beeson (GWS Giants)

Prior Signings

Sally Riley (Gold Coast)

Sam Virgo (Gold Coast)

Maddie Shevlin (Collingwood)

Jesse Joyce – Advice to My Younger Self

Jesse Joyce is an AFL Footballer for the Gold Coast Suns. Playing 64 games in his 5 year career so far, Jesse has defied expectations that were put on him as a junior footballer. Jesse has reflected on how adopting self-belief through his teenage years has been integral in pushing his AFL Career forward.

I find the phrase “What advice would you give to your younger self?” an extremely ironic question when reflecting on my life. As much as I’d love to go back in time to shake myself out of a funk, I don’t think I would have learnt the valuable lessons that came from the crossroads I met along the way. For me, this was a heavy battle with the belief in my own ability – especially as an aspiring footballer in one of the most important periods of my career.

As a young lad, I was so driven by the dream of one day playing AFL football which was fuelled by my Victorian-bred Dad and his potentially overwhelming belief in me. My first goal was to represent the state of NSW in the U12s team, and after years of obsessing over this, my name was called upon to be the second player from the Polding district to don the sky blue – the first being Jarred McVeigh. From this, opportunities arose to cross the NSW border and join Palm Beach Currumbin High School on a football scholarship, allocating footy as one of my six subjects a week. It all seemed too good to be true!

The 'Hard Part'

From here, little did I know the lesson on resilience and commitment that I would have to overcome to reach my dream. Over the next 5 years, I worked so hard to continuously fall at what felt like the final hurdle in the quest to represent my state. My passion for a sport had never been questioned so intensely. 7am speed sessions with the school’s sprint program, weekly 2km time trials around the block and at the footy club and playing at both school and representative levels. However, this seemed to still not be enough to get me across the line. In hindsight, I can see that my delayed growth spurt was making me struggle to compete. Little did I know that once I overcame this and started to have a strong belief in myself, I could fully unlock my potential.

 

Fast forward to my draft year and I’ve put on 7 kilograms – not all muscle – and have found a way to compete like never before. I think a lack of size throughout my junior career thus far had allowed me to find different ways to use my body to compete. Now with a newfound size, I felt stronger than ever. Following the consistent setbacks to date I found myself shocked and almost in disbelief to finally be named among the U18’s Queensland squad. This reaction showed in the days following, as I struggled to come to terms with the commitment required to first, make the final 22 and then putting myself on an AFL list.

I had an overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t good enough and almost forced myself to trip at the hurdle before I had even begun. I can only describe this moment as an attempt to stay on the road of familiar disappointment, rather than venture onto the unknown journey of what seemed like unlikely success.

When I reached this fork in the road, I made a last-ditch effort and met with my school & senior footy coach, Chad Owens, and talked him through my predicament. Long story short, what shone through was an undoubted lack of belief in myself, which was probably a result of years of hard work for ‘no cigar’.

The voice in my head kept saying: “Why would this time around prove any different?”

 

The People

What Chad made sure to be crystal clear until I left the conversation, was his belief in me. He made it obvious that even if I don’t believe in myself, that I needed to do this for his belief and investment in my career and that there are so many more people on this journey than just myself.

It was about the people of the Coolangatta Blues, Palm Beach Lions, footy staff of PBC High, Gold Coast and QLD development coaches and more importantly the years sacrificed by my parents and indirectly my younger siblings travelling up and down Gold Coast because of their confidence in my ability. Upon reflection, this support brewed inside of me, to grow into what became an undeniable belief in myself.

A moment of this support was highlighted to me on the day of my first QLD squad session. To get to training in Burpengary, there was a two-hour long drive ahead of me and my teammate Max. However, we didn’t even make it 10 minutes into the drive before we broke down on the side of the road. At the drop of a hat, Dad sacrificed his car for us, while he waited 3 hours for a tow truck to arrive. This gesture by Dad showed the level of his belief in me.

The Lesson

Fast forward to the present and I am closing in on my fifth season of AFL. A season that could be described as underwhelming, given the fact that I have been held outside of the senior side for a longer stint than before debuting in my first season. Although it hints at similarities of my disappointing junior representative attempts, what has stuck out at me amidst the circumstances, has been the belief in my own abilities.

I am more confident in the player I am than ever before and I believe this is largely due to the lessons I have learnt along the journey. As if on cue, I have received texts in recent days from Chad showing his support for my situation. Who knows what lays beyond this year! However, I am confident that this road has a while to go yet.

So, if someone asked me that ironic question today, I think I’d just tell myself: “It may be bumpy (especially on the way to Burpengary), but enjoy the ride. Those hard parts are what make success all the worthwhile.”

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #5

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Peel Thunder (James Sturrock) and Swan Districts (Frank Anderson) took on each other over the weekend, seeing Anderson’s Swan Districts come out on top. James Sturrock impressed for Peel with 21 disposals, 3 marks and 2 inside 50’s.

Rhys Nicholls was named in Labrador’s best players as he returned back to his local club after two strong performances for the Suns Academy. Ryan Gilmore kicked a goal and was named in Broadbeach’s best players as they maintained their undefeated record. RDK Sports’ latest client signing, Max Pescud starred for Surfers Paradise kicking 6.4 as he helped his side get over the line by 3 points.

Courtney Daniec has continued her strong and impressive season being named in Aspley’s best players for a 10th straight game.

In Sydney, it was Ryan Hebron who kicked 4 goals for the North Shore Bombers as they went on to win by 58 points keeping them at the top of the ladder.

For a second straight week, Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have been victorious in the Netball Queensland Hart Sapphire Series as they defeated Bond University Bull Sharks 60-39.

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #4

By Flynn Loft

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

The Gold Coast Suns Academy have once again defeated the Brisbane Lions by 7 points, claiming the series 2-0. Both Rhys Nicholls & Aiden Fyfe led from the front again for the Suns Academy being named in their sides best players. A big congratulations to all boys who have featured in the series, who now will return to their QAFL clubs.

Swan Districts Midfielder Frank Anderson has returned after the bye collecting 17 disposals and 5 tackles in his sides 20 point defeat to South Fremantle, while Peel Thunder’s James Sturrock had 14 possessions in his sides loss to Subiaco.

A top of the table clash in the QAFL over the weekend with Palm Beach Currumbin taking on Broadbeach. Max Spencer was judged best on ground by his coaches as they narrowly lost by 1 point to Broadbeach at Salk Oval. Meanwhile, Daniel Charlesworth was named in Surfers Paradise Demons best players in their loss to Mt Gravatt.

North Shore Bombers once again proved to strong for their opposition winning by 41 points, Ryan Hebron was named in his sides best players with 2 goals and now sits in equal 3rd for goals kicked in the competition.

In the Hart Sapphire Series, Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have defeated the Carina Leagues Club Tigers 60-34. Playing through the mid-court Maddie was able to dominate the game and provide her side with key opportunities to win the game. 

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #3

By Flynn Loft

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

7th of August - 9th of August

Over the weekend we saw a return to the U18 Academy Series with Gold Coast defeating Brisbane by 53 points. Aiden Fyfe made the most of the first quarter hitting the scoreboard early and continued his dominance throughout the remainder of the game. Rhys Nicholls’ run-and-carry during the game proved to be productive for the Suns, rebounding it from their back half. Ryan Pickering and Tom Hofert both shared the ruck duties for the Suns Academy and had great performances. 

Broadbeach’s Kwaby Boakye was named in the side’s best players, as they were able to defeat the reigning premiers over the weekend. Boakye’s dashing speed and foot skills proved pivotal to breaking lines and entering their forward half. Meanwhile, Coolangatta’s Corey Joyce has continued his strong form being named best on ground in their sides victory, putting them into 2nd spot on the ladder.

Sydney University remains undefeated with Jake Bartholomaeus now making it three straight best on ground performances. Whilst Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers are also undefeated winning by 25 goals, Ryan was able to chip in with 4 of his own.

There was also a return to the Queensland Basketball League over the weekend. We can’t wait to see our very own Maddie Hinchliffe back in action this weekend for the Hart Sapphire Series, playing for the Brisbane North Cougars.

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