Kirk Watson award-winning blind sailor and surfer interviewed by Max King
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Kirk WatsonAward-Winning Sailor and SurferKirk grew up on an island on Sydney's Northern Beaches which is an absolute haven for watersports. Kirk loved surfing and would get out there with his mates as often as possible. As a teen, I he started losing his night vision and peripheral vision. Kirk was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa a degenerative condition. This progressively took things from his life not just his sight, his opportunity to drive a car, his independence, confidence, bike riding, and surfing. At this point, he got into sailing and started to sail competitively, which gave him great freedom. Ocean racing taught Kirk about everyone bringing their strengths to the team. He competed in many campaigns including 10 Sydney to Hobarts. Kirk would surf very occasionally with friends when out of Sydney. A friend who is an amputee surfer encouraged Kirk to enter the Australian National para titles. This really inspired him, experiencing others surfing despite their challenges. This pushed Kirk to get out there as much as he can and really work on improving his surfing. In 2019 I competed in the US Open, where he won the bind (VS1) division. Unfortunately, he was knocked out early in the 2020 ISA para world titles, he trained hard from that time on. For the 2021 world titles everything came together and Kirk was able to get over to the US for the ISA para world titles again, this time coming home with a silver medal.
Carlton's best is good enough, Max King is MVP quality and is Sam Mitchell coach of the year?
Wing It Podcast
Welcome back to the wing it podcast! Another episode of the AFL as this week we discuss Max Kings huge impact on the saints and the AFL, we speak about Carlton being the real deal and is there anything to read into with GWS's positional changes? Plus we delve into the Hawks and Sam Mitchell's stellar job thus far. Enjoy!
Cassie Day founder of Carers Place Interviewed by Max King
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Cassie DayFounder Director of The Carers PlaceThe Carers Place officially opened its doors in 2016 but has been a business idea bubbling and brewing since 2002, when Founding Director, Cassie Day’s first son, Matthew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at 4 weeks old. Now a young business, The Carers Place provides innovative and flexible services that support families living with chronic illness, disability and special needs. Our programs and services focus on optimal mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing including strong connection to community, government and health services in Australia. Cassie was a young mum, alone, frightened and bewildered by the medical system and the little information that she was given. Still new to motherhood, Cassie had to return to the workforce when Matthew was just six months old. The family welcomed baby Joshua a year later and, in a bid to learn about the human body to better understand CF, with a toddler and a tiny baby, Cassie began to study natural medicine. A year later the marriage broke down and a separation followed. With two children under three, Cassie added single parenting to her juggling act. Studying gave her the tools to understand how the human body worked and make sense of the medical issues Matthew was facing. This resulted in her making more informed decisions regarding Matthew’s health care, increased confidence and she introduced carefully considered complementary medicines and therapies to his régime. Two years into the course, the financial pressures and health needs of Matthew were such that Cassie was unable to continue studying and she returned to work full time. Looking back it is all very clear. While Cassie was doing everything that she could for her beautiful boys, she was neglecting herself. Her mental health suffered and the weight piled on. The loneliness, the worry, the responsibility of her role was immense. Feeling overwhelmed and like she had nowhere to turn for help or assistance, she soldiered on. Something had to give. Cassie had her own health crisis and was admitted to hospital in late 2010. It wasn’t until 6 months later she decided to take charge of her situation. She made radical lifestyle changes that saw positive benefits for her and the boys. Matthew’s health improved and the family was connecting to each other again. Life was getting easier and better. Or so it seemed until that fateful day in August 2011 when their world came to a crashing halt. Nine-year-old Matthew suffered a nasty fall. A very nasty fall. He sustained a severe brain injury (Acquired Brain Injury) and spinal fractures. Less than a year later Cassie closed the doors to her corporate career and continued her quest to do whatever she could to help her little boys. She knew that she needed to continue to look after herself and continue the positive changes she had started earlier in the year. She needed to focus on Matthew and his rehabilitation. She made more important life-changing decisions. She was eating well and moving. She was paving the way for her and her family’s well-being to improve. She completed Certificate’s III and IV in Fitness, planning to make a career path change and became a personal trainer. Her positive mindset was developing. She was highly motivating and inspiring to others and she was moving forward again. Matthew had enjoyed a year hospital free and as his health stabilised Cassie started a successful personal training business from home. But sick kids are sick kids and Matthew’s health took a turn for the worse. After 18 months she had to close the doors and walk away from her successful fitness business. A return to researching natural medicine was on the cards seeking support in a naturopath, the changes that they implemented together were profound. Cassie’s advocacy skills had developed and improved over the years and she was able to successfully communicate with medical staff to balance the best health care possible for her son. She realised, as she began to help other people in similar situations, that she was not alone. The more that people were referred to her for help the more Cassie realised that she needed to become an advocate for other carers. She needed to become a leader and a guiding light. Today as Cassie continues to care for her son Matthew, his situation is further intensified with an unexplained rapid decline in physical health, an Autism Diagnosis, and an Anxiety Disorder. In amongst the chaos, Cassie runs a supportive and connected Facebook Community Parents and Carers Connect, provides online and community services under the NDIS and is nearing certification in a Diploma in Community Services. In the short two years of operation, The Carers Place has served over 700 people, forged partnerships and run programs with organisations such as Carers SA, The City of Onkaparinga Council, many small businesses, has been a guest on multiple media platforms including Local and National ABC TV, ABC Drivetime Radio with Jules Schiller, Mamamia.com and supported Merc at the 2017 National Carers Conference. Cassie has so much to give: knowledge, resources, kindness, humour and experience. She set about designing her dream – to create a place where carers feel heard, seen, understood, supported, are connected and ultimately feel safe. And so began the story of The Carers Place. A super warm welcome to you, we hope you enjoy the journey. The Carers Place may only just be beginning but it has a clear path set out before it and a Founding Director with heart, soul and dogged determination at its helm. https://www.thecarersplace.com.au https://www.thecarersplace.com.au
Max King: Does he have the widest range of any runner ever? - #160
We are counting down the podium from the US Mountain Running Championships! Last week: Joe Demoor, #3. This week: Max King, #2. (Stay tuned for next week!)Max runs everything ... does he have the widest range of any runner ever? He was the World Mountain Running Champion, which is a steep hammerfest of only 12km, then 3 years later became the World 100km Champion, running on a flat paved circuit. He's done a 1:03 Half Marathon, the Western States 100, won the Warrior Dash Championships (an obstacle course), and next year wants to run the 3000 meter Steeplechase on the track."I'm uncoachable. I train for tempo, strength, endurance and speed, year round."Max is now 41 years old, and can still compete in the open class. Does he have some expert advice for the rest of us? Yes!"I'm always stretching and rolling. I lift weights in the winter, olympic style. It's important to keep everything in balance."Max's run camps are a level above just running with a group of people:"Our over-arching goal is to create capable trail runners and stewards with a lifelong love of nature."Listen and learn!
Elisa James, CEO of Plan Tracker interviewed by Max King
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Elisa James Elisa is the Founder and CEO of Plan TrackerElisa started her management and technology career at Eastcoast Property Software including launching the business in Europe and North America. Elisa moved to the UK for a 10-year stay where she helped found ChurchWorks, an online CRM for churches and not for profits. Returning to Australia in 2011 she focussed on family and supporting her then young son with his autism journey. In 2016 out of her personal experience and a desire to help families like hers make sense of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, she launched Plan Tracker. The first NDIS purpose-built self-management App was released in 2017 and quickly followed by a scaling of the Plan Management offering. Elisa has a knack for combining cutting edge technology, great team and the needs of people to provide services and tools which help make navigating the NDIS easier. In 2021, Plan Tracker became part of Plan Partners, the 2nd largest Plan Manager in Australia and part of the McMillan Shakespeare Group. Plan Partners and Plan Trackers’ values and commitment to our customers very much align and together we joined forces to undertake the ongoing investment needed to support NDIS participants and their families. Board member: Disability Intermediaries Australia https://www.plantracker.com.au/ linkedin.com/in/elisa-james-a8196652
A Black soldier in the American army has been required to perform several distressing tasks: forcing Native Americans out of the Western United States and into Canada, policing rowdy Gold Rushers at the Canadian-American Border, and finally to sail to the Philippines to repress nationalist aspirations of the people newly freed from the Spanish colonial yoke. He balks at this last order and deserts the Army when he discovers and stealthily pursues his true enemy, the scion of a Southern family that once owned his. This play is an expansion of a fictional character in a well-known poem; Captain, from the Robert W. Service poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee. Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/the-drop-episode/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dptc/support
The Defining Endurance Podcast from Lifelong Endurance
How do you find versatility as an endurance athlete. In this episode, Coach Andrew Simmons sits down with professional Ultra Runner Max King to talk about adaptability. Max King is an ultra runner from Bend, Oregon. He was the winner at the 2014 IAU 100 km World Championships and the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships.Max earned the bronze medal at the 2016 NACAC Cross Country Championships / Pan American Cross Country Cup. He has also won numerous national titles at various distances ranging from half marathon to ultra marathons. Max is a lifelong student and athlete of the sport as coach, counselor, and guide to athletes through his adult and youth camps.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/definingendurance/message