Success Stories

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Some of the athletes we’ve helped

Conrad Smith

Rugby union player, 94 caps for New Zealand All Blacks

“I really enjoyed the courses. The more I did, the more I realised how important something like this is for athletes, to make them understand what it is like in the real world, preparing CVs, going for job interviews etc. I suppose I was lucky in that I went through that whole process with law clerk applications while in my last year of law school, including applications to 5 or 6 law firms and 4 interviews. It was an experience I have never forgotten!”

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Lisa Darmanin

Olympic Silver Medalist in Rio, Australian Sailing Team

“After the Olympic Games, even though I was successful and had a University degree under my belt, I had no idea where to next. I knew I wanted to campaign to Tokyo in search of Gold, but I also wanted to develop myself beyond sailing, but I was so lost. The biggest question people asked post-Games is, ‘What’s next?’ and that is a terrifying question. I went to The Final Whistle to get help in defining what I wanted and help me understand where to next. I was blown away with their online Career Compass as I read the definition of who I was on the screen; it was exactly me and reinforced what I wanted! The guys then talked me through my results and gave me some great ideas to move forward, helping me with my CV through their online module and giving me the confidence to tell people what I wanted and go in search of something outside the sailing world. As an athlete, we have many doors open for us, but through The Final Whistle, I have the confidence and tools to walk through the right door.”

Dan Parks

Former rugby union player, 66 caps for Scotland, now Business Development Manager at Worldwide Logistics

“When I first went into the guys at The Final Whistle I was not sure what to expect and was a bit of a sceptic. But that soon changed, after being a Professional Athlete for over 12 years I needed someone to help and give me some direction. The impact and thoroughness of the work that Greg and Patrick do made it very clear about where I had to start putting my attentions toward. Thanks so much guys, without your guidance and understanding of what it was I needed, I would still be making excuses”

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Pat McCabe

Former rugby union player, 24 Tests for the Wallabies and 66 caps for the Brumbies, now Lawyer at MinterEllison

“The best piece of advice prior to starting my new career was from Greg Mumm. He told me, ‘Prepare for the fact that you’re not going to be good at your new career for quite a while. You’re used to being a high performer, but you won’t be at your new career for years rather than weeks. The best thing you can do is be the best co-worker you possibly can.’ It was a challenge to go from the top of a sporting environment to being an absolute beginner at something new. While this is both exciting and difficult, Greg’s piece of advice stopped me from getting frustrated with that, and encouraged me to remain open to a whole range of experiences I otherwise wouldn’t have had.”

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