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The Howie Games

Where the biggest names in the world of sport go one-on-one with sports journalist Mark Howard. From ultimate highs to tear-jerking lows, Howie lifts the lid on the real stories behind the headlines. He sits down with the biggest names in Australian & world sport, finding out how they started out, what makes them tick, how they deal with the big wins and the big losses, and how they take on sport and life from here.

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44: Jelena Dokic

#TheHowieGames | This week The Howie Games features a truly remarkable person: Jelena Dokic. Jelena has recently released a book entitled 'Unbreakable' which details her tennis journey living under the terrifying shadow of her abusive father. In this episode, Jelena bravely reflects upon her painful and traumatic childhood and adolescence. The aim of The Howie Games is to inspire and motivate which often involves facing the difficult topics head-on. This is a story of a person who has overcome unimaginable pain and torment at the hands of a family member to not only survive, but to thrive. Thank you to Jelena who shows courage beyond belief to share her story.'UNBREAKABLE' by Jelena Dokic with Jessica Halloran is published by Penguin Random House Australia, RRP $34.99NEXT WEEK: Pat CashFind Howie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkHoward03/ Follow Howie on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/markhoward03/Follow Howie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markhoward03/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 4mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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71: Cate and Bronte Campbell (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | It's a 2 for one deal to start series 6! Cate and Bronte Campbell are two of the most delightful people one could ever meet. They are smiley, happy, bubbly, loud and funny. They also both have an iron will that has helped them to both become world champions in the pool. There’s not much this episode doesn’t cover. Swimming with hippos, fantail quiz competitions and hard earned successes. During the second half of the episode the brutal nature of professional sport comes to light. Injury, pain, defeat and lots of tears as the sisters talk about what happens when a dream is shattered.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 25mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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74: Joe and Renae Ingles (Pt B)

#TheHowieGames | Joe and Renae Ingles are a remarkable couple for all sorts of reasons. There’s not much this episode doesn’t cover - Joe’s basketball journey from Adelaide, to Tel Aviv and then eventually Utah. From being without a job, to with Renae’s help and backing, becoming an NBA gun on an enormous contract. Plus we cover Renae’s netball career - from heartbreak to jubilation. But the most beautiful part of this story revolves around Joe and Renae’s twins, Jacob and Milla. In the last year, Jacob was diagnosed with autism. It’s through the telling of Jacob’s story that you will gain the greatest insight into who Renae and Joe really are. You will discover what this couple really represents, about their love for their family, about how autism can be tackled and about what Joe and Renae are doing to help others in a similar situation. If you get a moment please check out 4 ASD Kids, a charity set up by dual rugby international Mat Rogers and his wife Chloe that Joe and Renae are supporting.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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89: Sally Fitzgibbons (Prelude - The Impact of Coronavirus)

#TheHowieGames | Sally Fitzgibbons is a star! In many ways, Sally’s attitude, personality and approach to life is one most of us would like to have. Positive, grateful, happy, warm and approachable. Basically, all the good stuff.  But don’t be fooled by the happy exterior. Just below Sal’s surface is a ferociously competitive animal who spends most of every day trying to get better and better and better. In this episode Sally is brutally honest about how it feels to get so close to a world title numerous times, only to just miss out. She also talks about life on tour, surfing through the pain barrier, fear, photoshoots with the king Kelly Slater and plenty more. It’s a guarantee - Sally will brighten your day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

15mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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39: Luc Longley

#TheHowieGames | Luc Longley has a truly incredible story to tell. The big man was the very first Australian to play in the NBA - forging a path that many have successfully followed. He won 3 Championship rings as an integral part of the mighty Chicago Bulls alongside Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and the one and only Michael Jordan. In this episode, Luc describes what the NBA was like in the 90s, dealing with the immense fame that their success created, Rodman's links to North Korea and what it was like to play with the sporting and cultural phenomenon of MJ.Next week on The Howie Games: Mark WaughFind Howie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkHoward03/ Follow Howie on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/markhoward03/Follow Howie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markhoward03/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 21mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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52: Andrew Bogut

#TheHowieGames | The Howie Games returns for a brand new season with Australian basketball superstar Andrew Bogut. This chat tracks Andrew’s journey from a young man who couldn’t make rep sides - all the way through to an NBA Championship. You’ll hear about Lebron James, Steph Curry, teamwork, the business of the NBA and a whole lot more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 25mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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91: Chris Scott (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | Chris Scott is a two-time premiership player with the Brisbane Lions and a Premiership coach of the Geelong Football Club.  This chat does go back and looks at Chris’s upbringing and playing career, but it’s more an insight into the life a modern coach. A role that seems to be part manager, part psychologist, part motivator and part teacher. It is also a role that forces some very tough decisions on those charged with the responsibility.  Hopefully this episode gets away from the Chris Scott you see on game day and takes you into the world of Chris Scott the father, husband, brother, leader….and cook of fancy steaks!  Stay safe crew. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

51mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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67: Ben Graham (Pt B)

#TheHowieGames | Ben Graham, a man who has a sporting story that few can match. As an AFL player, Ben played 219 games for the Geelong Cats before his retirement in 2004. But instead of hanging up his boots, Ben took them to the United States to take on the world’s best punters in the NFL. In this episode Ben chats about playing with and against some of the greatest AFL players of the modern era, how he made the transition to the NFL and what it’s like to play in a Superbowl.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 9mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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3: Brendan Fevola

#TheHowieGames | Brendan Fevola. One of the most talented and charismatic players to ever take to the footy field. Loyal, friendly, funny, generous and - as youll hear in this chat - extremely honest. Fev opens up about his struggle with gambling, the time spent in a mental health facility and much more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 2mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #9

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84: Karrie Webb (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | Karrie Webb is viewed by many as Australia’s greatest ever golfer. With 7 Major victories and over 70 Tour wins, she is a dominant force. Not one to typically like talking about herself, in this episode Karrie explains how she went from a small North Queensland town to the top of the golfing world and the effect it had on her, both positive and negative. There are a few tears, lots of laughs and a fascinating look into the life of an athlete we don’t know a great deal about considering her standing in the game. Karrie Webb rocks!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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88: Kurt Fearnley (Prelude - The Impact of Coronavirus)

#TheHowieGames | Kurt Fearnley is a phenomenal athlete.  A Paralympic legend who, when racing, was defined by his iron will and absolute refusal to give up. Ever. Kurt had the ability to physically push himself into areas where few people go. His explanation of the mental attitudes required to do this are pretty special.  But more than that, Kurt is a man who seeks out adventure, in a world where adventures are often a distant dream.  If ya want a lift, I reckon this episode will get you up and about. Stay safe. ❤️See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

14mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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64: Ian Thorpe

#TheHowieGames | Ian Thorpe OAM. At the age of 14 Ian Thorpe shot to fame as the youngest male swimmer to ever represent Australia. His star continued to rise to the very top as the winner of five Olympic gold medals. Ian’s life has never been far from the headlines - whether it is breaking world records, winning medals, retiring, coming back – ‘The Thorpedo’ has attacked life with a passion few athletes can match. A giant of Australian sport, enjoy Ian Thorpe OAM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 7mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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29: Mark Webber (Part 1)

#TheHowieGames | Earlier this year we headed to Noosa to record this special edition of the Howie Games with Mark Webber. Mark was so generous with his time that we've had to run his chat over two episodes. This week we explore Mark's journey to Formula 1 - he details his early struggles in the racing industry, back door deals and a moment in 1999 where he thought he would lose his life in a German forest.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 12mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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80: Brett Lee (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | Brett Lee is one of the fastest bowlers Australia has ever produced. A man that always played cricket with a smile on his face, Brett in full flow combined flowing beauty with a frightening menace. One of the most positive people you could ever meet, Brett has also starred in films and fronted bands. This is a man of many talents as you will hear with Brett playing guitar throughout this ep.  Brett Lee is an absolute beauty!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 5mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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14: Greg Norman

#TheHowieGames | I grew up idolising Greg Norman. How could you not. On the course he was flamboyant, aggressive, dominant, striking - the full package. These days the Shark may be an even better business man than he was golfer, which is saying something. In this episode we cover golf, life, winning, losing, business and so much more. I hope he inspires you as much as he does me.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54mins

24 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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25: Cathy Freeman

The Howie Games returns for Season 2 with one of the greatest Australian sports people of all time - Cathy Freeman. Cathy takes us through her remarkable journey from rural Queensland to the biggest sporting stage in the world. For the first time ever, Cathy opens up in incredible detail about THAT night back in 2000. Since retiring from athletics Cathy has established the Cathy Freeman Foundation which strives to "broaden horizons and inspire indigenous students to experience their full potential in school". If you would like to find out more or donate to this brilliant charity head to https://www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au/.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 26mins

23 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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The Moment - Jason McCartney - Pt 1

On October 12, 2002, the Sari Club in Bali was ripped apart by a terrorist attack. AFL footballer Jason McCartney was in the club at the time.  From a young man growing up dreaming of playing League footy, to lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life, this is a story of tragedy, courage and iron will.  Jason's return match became so much more to Australia than a game of footy. It became a symbol of hope, healing and some rare light in what had been such a dark time for so many Australians and their families.  The Moment, Jason McCartney, tells Jason's story. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

5 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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89: Sally Fitzgibbons (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | Sally Fitzgibbons is a star! In many ways, Sally’s attitude, personality and approach to life is one most of us would like to have. Positive, grateful, happy, warm and approachable. Basically, all the good stuff.  But don’t be fooled by the happy exterior. Just below Sal’s surface is a ferociously competitive animal who spends most of every day trying to get better and better and better. In this episode Sally is brutally honest about how it feels to get so close to a world title numerous times, only to just miss out. She also talks about life on tour, surfing through the pain barrier, fear, photoshoots with the king Kelly Slater and plenty more. It’s a guarantee - Sally will brighten your day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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67: Ben Graham (Pt A)

#TheHowieGames | Ben Graham, a man who has a sporting story that few can match. As an AFL player, Ben played 219 games for the Geelong Cats before his retirement in 2004. But instead of hanging up his boots, Ben took them to the United States to take on the world’s best punters in the NFL. In this episode Ben chats about playing with and against some of the greatest AFL players of the modern era, how he made the transition to the NFL and what it’s like to play in a Superbowl.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

59mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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40: Mark Waugh

#TheHowieGames | Mark Waugh was statistically a wonderful player for Australia, but the numbers do not tell the true story of why Mark is such a loved figure among cricket fans. M.E. Waugh batted with a style few have ever matched to see him bat was to witness artistry and grace in action. This episode covers Mark's brilliant sporting life from the highs of a century on debut to the lows of the negative media spotlight. Junior is funny, direct and reflective. (Make sure you keep an ear out for a couple of cameos from some old teammates!)Next week on The Howie Games: Lydia LassilaFind Howie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkHoward03/ Follow Howie on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/markhoward03/Follow Howie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markhoward03/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

58mins

20 Dec 2017

Rank #20