Episodes
Season 5 Episode 9 (Part 2), we continue our chat with 4 time Australian coach of the year, and one of the best in the business Stephan Widmer. In this part one podcast Stephan talks to us about some of the amazing swimmers he has had the pleasure of working with like Libby Trickett, Christian Sprenger, Melanie Schlanger and Jess Schipper among many others. We also get into his time with Swimming Queensland and helping mentor coaches, as well as many other great pieces of advice from one of...
Published 05/05/22
Published 04/15/22
Season 5 Episode 8 (Part 1), we chat with 4 time Australian coach of the year, and one of the best in the business Stephan Widmer. In this part one podcast Stephan talks to us about last years Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and how he saw the swimming in the pool, as well as Joseph Schoolings performance following his Gold medal in 2016. We go through his early days in Switzerland as a swimmer and then transitioning into a coach and how his thirst for knowledge and competitive nature lead him to...
Published 04/15/22
Season 5 Episode 7, we chat to Australia 2020 Tokyo Olympian for the 10km Marathon Swim, Kai Edwards In this podcast we chat to Kai about his move down Sydney to train with long-time coach Chris Nesbit at Carlile. We discuss the Tokyo hangover after the games and what lead to his decision to come to Sydney from the Gold Coast. We also discuss his Tokyo experience from his first Olympic games, the atmosphere, the conditions, the flying fish and how he handled it all. As well as some of his...
Published 03/31/22
Season 5 Episode 6, we chat we Olympic Gold Medallist from Tokyo 2020 from the Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay, and Australian Champion Chelsea Hodges. In this podcast we chat with Chelsea about where she is at right now with World Champ and Comm Games trials now just over a month away, and discuss her success at the recent NSW State Open Champs in Sydney. Chelsea takes us back to her beginnings in the pool and we hear the amazing story of the adversities she has had to overcome through her...
Published 03/18/22
Season 5 Ep 5, we head over to the US and chat with 3 very talented young Aussie stars who are in college competing right now for their respective teams, we have Charlie Hawke with Alabama University, Charli Brown with Arizona State and Alex Quach with Ohio State. In this podcast the 3 young stars give us their unique insight into training and competing over in the US college programs. How are they different from where they have come from, and what they have learned so far from their...
Published 03/03/22
Season 5 Episode 4, we chat to Aussie young gun and record breaker from Bond University Flynn Southam. In this podcast we discuss Flynn’s, success in the pool at such a young age and goals he and his coaches Kyle Samuelson and Chris Mooney have for the next few years and beyond. We also discuss his coaches influence on his swimming so far particularly Kyle, and what he has learnt since Olympic Gold medal winning coach Chris Mooney has come to Bond. We discuss the ups and downs, and...
Published 02/17/22
Season 5 Ep 3, We sit down with the World Record Holder and now 2 time Olympic Champion in the Men‘s 100 Breaststroke, the man with a new book out right now ”The Gladiator Mindset” Mr Adam Peaty. In this podcast we discuss his success in Tokyo and the challenges he faced this time around with Covid, a new family and now having the big responsibility on his shoulders of being the defending champion. We of course discuss his NEW BOOK ”The Gladiator Mindset” and how it came about. We go...
Published 12/16/21
Season 5 Ep 2, We chat with new Bond Head Coach and 2 time Olympic coach for Australia Chris Mooney. In this podcast we discuss the big move down south to Bond University following what was an amazing 2020 Tokyo Olympic experience. What brought the move about, and what excited him about the future down on the Gold Coast. We of course get stuck into the Tokyo Olympic experience including Kaylee McKeown‘s phenomenal performances, rooming with Dean Boxall and the tremendous Australian Team...
Published 12/10/21
Welcome to the season 5 premier of Off The Blocks Swimming Podcast, and todays special guest is World Champ and Comm Games Gold medallist Shayna Jack. In this podcast, Shayna tells us how she has been feeling since being cleared to return to the pool a few months ago, and what goals she and coach Dean Boxall have set for the future now she is free to compete. We discuss her ban from 2019, how it came about, how she heard about it and the struggles she went through trying to process what she...
Published 11/19/21
Season 4 Ep 40, Welcome to the 2021 Off The Blocks Swimming Awards Today we celebrate an amazing year of swimming not just here in Australia but from around the world, from the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to some of the individual performances from our superstars this year it has been a year like no other and what better what to recap and pay tribute than with an awards show. Joining me to help announce the award winners are OTB Crew stars Lani Pallister and Lachlan Carter along...
Published 10/29/21
Season 4 Ep 39, we are finishing season 4 with a bang as our last interview for the season is with the greatest ever female athlete from an Olympic games, Australian and London Roar superstar Emma McKeon In this chat we get a tremendous insight into Emma‘s training and mindset leading up to Tokyo 2020, including her work with coach and mentor Michael Bohl. Emma tells us some of the things she focused on in preparation for the games both in and out of the pool. We go through her historic...
Published 10/17/21
Season 4 Ep 38, we sit down and chat with two time Olympian and Olympic medallist for Canada Sydney Pickrem. In this podcast Sydney and i go through all things ISL and the team she captains London Roar. We discuss what she loves about the Roar team in particular her teammates and racing for them. We even ask if she would change any of the rules in ISL if she was boss for the day, and ask her her prediction of who will be Season 3 champions, spoiler alert its London Roar all the way. Sydney...
Published 10/14/21
Season 4 Ep 37, we chat with NSW and Australian swimming rising star Josh Collett. In this podcast we chat with the young Knox Pymble speedster about his recent training and competing up in QLD due to lockdowns in Sydney. We discuss Josh‘s coach Dobbo and how much he has helped his swimming both physically and mentally. Josh gives us an insight into what makes Knox Pymble so successful as a club. We also get into his very successful 2021 Australian Age Champs on the Gold Coast this year,...
Published 10/04/21
Season 4 Ep 36, we chat with Junior Australian Team member, multiple Australian Age Medallist and St Peters Western rising star Robert Thorpe. In this chat we discuss his move to QLD and the St Peters program coming from NSW. Being selected on the Junior Australian team this year and how hard he had worked to put himself on the list. Open water racing as well as distance swimming in the pool, and what goals he has set himself for the future. We also go through his amazing 2021 Australian...
Published 10/01/21
Expert Analyst Bobby Hurley and I cover all things Season 3 of the ISL this week including the Death Match which saw DC Tridents, NY Breakers, Iron and Tokyo Frog Kings all racing for a spot in the playoffs come November. We also discuss Aussie breakout star Brendon Smith and how his stocks have continued to rise following his Olympic medal in Tokyo, as well as whether Brett Hawke is right and swimmers are lacking character these days and the ability to get viewers to want to watch the ISL...
Published 10/01/21
Season 4 Ep 35, we chat with New Zealand Olympic and World Championship medallist coach Gary Hollywood. In this awesome podcast we chat to Gary about his amazing Tokyo Olympic experience with the NZ team and his superstar athlete Lewis Clareburt. Gary tells us what an enjoyable experience the games were for him and what lessons he took away. We also discuss Polyvagel, what it means and how it has been helping Gary become a better coach and what advice he has for other coaches out there who...
Published 09/29/21
Season 4 Ep 34, We chat with duel Olympian, 3 time Olympic Medallist for Australia from Tokyo and London Roar Superstar Kyle Chalmers. Despite our horrible WIFI, we managed to have a great chat about all things ISL Season 3 and how much he is loving being back in the Roar team this year. Especially when the team have changed their hair colour lol. We discuss the Aussie‘s success in Tokyo and what makes the dolphins culture right now so good.  And of course we get into one of the most...
Published 09/23/21
Season 4 Ep 33, we chat with 5 time Olympian for Jamaica and World Record Holder Alia Atkinson. In this podcast Alia talks to us about Season 3 of the ISL and racing for her team London Roar, how much fun she is having and focusing on being sharp for the finals as the competition moves towards the pointy end. We also go through her amazing career talking about her 5 Olympic appearances, and becoming the world record holder on multiple occasions. Alia talks to us about how important it was...
Published 09/23/21
Season 4 Ep 32, we chat with one of New Zealand Swimming‘s rising stars of the pool and national medallist Phoebe Harris. In this podcast we discuss Phoebe‘s training through lockdown and motivated she is to be back in the pool training with her squad again. We go through how she got started in swimming, and talk about some of the adversities she has faced as a young swimmer in her career so far. Phoebe shares the disappointment of not being able to join US college Florida International...
Published 09/22/21
Expert Analyst and former world record holder Bobby Hurley joins me again to go through all things season 3 of the ISL from the last 4 matches. We discuss the Jackpot rule and skins events and do they help anyone other than the already strong teams? We go through each match and give our stand out performers from the teams. Could we entice some big names to come back to swimming and be a part of the ISL in the future? All that and a whole lot more ISL chat, don‘t miss it
Published 09/22/21
Season 4 Ep 31, We chat with 2 time Olympic Gold Medallist for Team GB Tom Dean. In this podcast we discuss Tom‘s ISL team London Roar and when we can expect the Olympic Champion in action for Season 3 over in Italy. We go through his incredibly tough lead up to Tokyo having to overcome Covid not once but twice, which took it‘s toll on Tom, and he tells up how he got through it all and stayed focused. Tom takes us inside his amazing 200 Freestyle for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he won...
Published 09/16/21
Season 4 Ep 30, we chat with 2 time Olympic medallist from Tokyo for Team GB Luke Greenbank. In this podcast we discuss Season 3 of the ISL and competing for Luke‘s team the London Roar. We get into making his first Olympic Team for Tokyo, and his games experience. As well of course his amazing success in the Men‘s 200 Backstroke winning Bronze, and being a part of the Men‘s 4x100 Medley Relay team for GB that brought home a Silver medal as well. We talk about the success of his coach Mel...
Published 09/15/21
Season 4 Ep 29, We chat with Olympian and two time Olympic medallist Aussie Speed machine and NY Breaker, Matt Temple. In This Podcast we discuss his time over in Italy so far competing in Season 3 of the ISL with his team the NY Breakers, and how much Europe are loving the mullet. We also get into making his first Olympic team and how special that was with his teammate and fellow Olympic medallist Brendon Smith. We go through his experience in Tokyo and how much he loved being a part of...
Published 09/14/21
Season 4 Ep 28, we are joined by owner and founder of one of the best dryland exercise programs in the country helping combine gymnastics core principals with swimming movements and fundamentals called Swimnastics, Kirsten Norden. In this podcast Kirsten explains to us all about SwimNastics and it‘s origins, which is doing such tremendous work in the swimming community right now all around the world. We go through all the pro‘s for swimmers and coaches who are using  SwimNastics as a part of...
Published 09/13/21