Best of Series: Ric Charlesworth

Our Great Coach on this show is Ric Charlesworth.

Ric is an Australian sports coach and former politician. He played first-class cricket for Western Australia and international field hockey for Australia winning a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He also served as a federal member of parliament from 1983 to 1993.

He was appointed coach of the Australian Womens Hockey team in 1993 leading them to Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000.

He later coached the Australian Men’s Hockey Team leading them to win the World Championship and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

He has also worked in consulting roles with the New Zealand national cricket team, the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Fremantle Football Club.

Ric has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1987 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). And just to top it off was awarded the Australian Team Coach of the Year 1994, 1996, 1997,1998,1999,2000.

Ric is an icon of coaching in Australia and it was an honor to interview him. There are many, many nuggets of insight that he shares; but it was his thoughts on mining for and managing conflict and homosexuality in female versus male sport that resonated the most.

I hope you enjoy it.

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