From athletes preparing to take the first step to those that have already closed the locker door, Podium podcast features some of the world's leading sports stars as they navigate work life after a career in a professional sport. Through honest and open conversation, we’ll discuss their white collar world beyond the field of sport and explore how the characteristics and methods that shaped them as a successful sports person helps, or hinders, life in the boardroom.


Towards the end of Podium Podcast, we ask the same set of quick-fire questions, including: Q: “Aside from sports, was there another vocation that took your interest?” A: “Viking”, replied this week’s guest, South African Rugby Union (SA Rugby) and Toulon rugby legend: Joe van Niekerk. There’s no doubting Joe’s physical attributes would stand him in good stead for the role, but the once rampaging number 8, who established an organic farm and wellness retreat in Costa Rica on his retirement in 2014, may find the bloodshed and violence a little more challenging these days. It’s a mad chat with a genuinely lovely bloke.


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Meet your Hosts...


SIMON is one of the UK’s leading performance coaches and sports psychology consultants. Through extensive work with multiple Olympians to championship-winning teams, Simon brings a unique understanding of elite sports across multiple disciplines.


TOM is a former England rugby international. He hung up his boots in 2015, but not before amassing more than 350 first-class club games with some of Europe’s finest teams, including Toulon & Northampton Saints. Tom’s love of rugby and elite sport continues today through his work as a media analyst.

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