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There's no doubt it's been a tough and unpredictable journey for Australia's elite athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in July 2021. In this weekly podcast, brought to you by Optus, Olympian and journalist David Culbert will be joined by fellow Australian Olympians and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls as they share their unique, inspiring journeys and talk all things Olympics as we count down to the biggest sporting event in the world, starting on July 23, 2021. Join the journey to #TokyoTogether
 
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Jez & Damo speak to the undisputed GOAT of Aussie Marathon, Rob De Castella … Deeks! … the boys learn about his journey from boy to our fastest toughest marathon legend, how his mindset both motivated him but also cost him his Olympic dream, how his Indigenous Marathon Project is his proudest achievement and we finally hear the story one of our mos…
 
Michaelia Cash is known as one of the Liberal Party's most aggressive "attack dogs". But as Good Weekend's Jane Cadzow discovered when spending time with Cash in her home town of Perth, the newly-appointed Attorney-General is also a karaoke-singing, coffee-drinking workaholic who loves hugs. Cadzow and Shane Wright, The Sydney Morning Herald and Th…
 
Marketed as a clean, green superfood, farmed Atlantic salmon is a favourite on dinner plates across the globe. But as Gabriella Coslovich discovered, a growing number are questioning how ethically the fish is farmed in Tasmania, and what that's doing to the state's once-pristine waterways. Leading the charge to clean up the industry is Tasmania's m…
 
While the rich cavort in luxury compounds and investors negatively-gear their Airbnb properties, Byron Bay faces a chronic homelessness crisis. Former long-time resident and writer David Leser, together with his photographer daughter Hannah - who grew up there - discuss the forces that shaped Byron into one of Australia's most popular holiday desti…
 
Sam Stosur will make history as Australia’s first five-time Tennis Olympian at Tokyo 2020. The new mum relives her previous Olympic experiences – starting at Athens 2004 – and her most memorable Olympic moments. She shares her experiences navigating Covid and family life with her professional tennis career. Recoding this week’s episode from a tourn…
 
Neil & Geoff speak to bubbly 5000m superstar & Olympian Jenny Blundell in her first ever podcast interview, they learn how a full time exercise physiologist specialising in stroke & cardiac orthopaedic rehab finds time to qualify for the Olympics during COVID, how the complicated qualification process works & why she qualified even though she misse…
 
Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe discusses the story of 23-year-old Victorian court clerk Ashleigh Petrie, who died in late 2019 after news of her engagement to Rodney Higgins, a magistrate 45 years her senior, made front page news. A few weeks later, when away in East Gippsland with Higgins for the night, Petrie ran in front of a car. By ga…
 
37-years after his Olympic debut, equestrian rider Andrew Hoy will make history at Tokyo 2020, as Australia’s first 8x Olympian! The three-time Olympic Champion, who made his Olympic debut at Los Angeles 1984, relives his incredible Olympic career spanning almost four decades, including his experience as Flag Bearer at Atlanta 1996. He shares how h…
 
Julia Banks' July 3 feature story 'The party's over' is a candid recollection of her time as a federal Liberal MP, in which she was shocked to find sexism and backroom skulduggery running rife in Canberra. Julia is joined by chief political correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald David Crowe, with moderation from Good Weekend editor…
 
Marathon runner and mother of two Sinead Diver is the eldest member of the Australian Athletics Team for Tokyo 2020 at age 44 – and she’s considered a fairly newcomer to the gruelling sport. Melbourne-based Diver shares her unique story from growing up in a small country town in Ireland where sport was not encouraged for girls, to doing her first f…
 
Konrad Marshall's June 26 cover story 'Metre eater' profiles middle-distance running phenomenon Stewart McSweyn, who is breaking records in relative anonymity - yet will have to overcome long standing East African dominance to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Konrad is joined by senior sports writer for The Age Michael Gleeson with moderation fro…
 
Jez & Damo speak to Australia’s first individual Winter Olympic alpine skiing medalist turned barrister turned CrossFit ultra trail running independent Member of Parliament Zali Steggall! Find out what it’s like to live through 25 consecutive winters, to win / lose events by 100th / sec, wipeout at 110km/hr, how running helps her deal with a punish…
 
BMX Freestyle rider Logan Martin is set to make history at Tokyo 2020 when the sport makes its Olympic debut in the Japanese capital. He booked his ticket to Tokyo after winning the World Championships in France in June – becoming the first dual BMX Freestyle World Champion, after he won the inaugural crown back in 2017. He shares how he first got …
 
Tim Elliot's June 19 June cover story 'No way out' looks at father Kamalle Daboussy's fight to bring his daughter Mariam and her three children home after she married into a family of Islamic State sympathisers and then - willingly or unwittingly - crossed the border into Syria, where she has remained for the past six years. Tim is joined by The Ag…
 
When the Toyo 2020 Olympics were postponed, dual rowing Olympian Josh Booth had to make the tough decision to step away from training for a third Games, to work as a doctor on the frontline of the COVID pandemic. With state-wide lockdowns, no access to a rowing boat, and being away from his teammates during most of 2020 – all while working long hou…
 
Geoff & Neil talk to recent UTA 100 km women’s winner Cecilia Mattas, learn how a background in Finnish football and swim/run events between islands back home set the scene for her recent burst on to the Aussie trail running scene, her take on why strength work & sleeping keep you injury free and how BSL saved her race day with a spare pair of glov…
 
Stuart Rintoul's June 12 cover story 'Debunking Dark Emu' argues Bruce Pascoe’s best selling book, Dark Emu, devalues pre-colonial Aboriginal peoples by suggesting they were farmers, irrigators and builders when there is no substantial evidence to prove this. Rintoul interviews veteran anthropologist Peter Sutton and archaeologist Keryn Walsche, wh…
 
Beijing 2008 softball Olympic bronze medallist Justine Smethurst has had to wait 13 years for another shot at an Olympic appearance. Now, that opportunity is closer than ever with the pitcher landing in Japan last week with the 23-player Aussie Spirit Softball Australia squad. The team were the very first international athletes from any country or …
 
Michael Harry's June 5 Food & Drinks issue feature story 'True Brew' explores the burgeoning world of boutique booze brands with low or no alcohol. Joining Harry on the podcast – with moderation from Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland - is freelance writer Brook Turner, who wrote a 2018 Good Weekend cover story 'Hi, sobriety: Our changing relat…
 
Dual track cycling Olympian and three-time World Champion Annette Edmondson had just been selected for her third Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 when the news came that the Games were being postponed. It shattered her world. She shares just how challenging those few months after the postponement announcement were. After taking a break from the track an…
 
Kate Holden's May 29 story is an excerpt from her book 'The Winter Road' about the killing of environmental compliance officer Glen Turner in northwest New South Wales, for which farmer Ian Turnbull was later sentenced to 35 years in prison. Kate joins Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan to explain how the murder of Turner has been described …
 
Tokyo 2020 selected Boxer Caitlin Parker shares her journey from learning self-defence as a kid to qualifying for her debut Olympic Games. The 24-year-old seven time Australian Champion, Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, shares her reaction to hearing the Tokyo Games were postponed, and how she’s navigate…
 
The statement “not many people can say” was designed for Marshall Ulrich … his running, climbing & adventure racing achievements are beyond next level, beyond epic, even legendary seems a bit weak … he’s completed 120+ ultra’s, holds the record for crossing Death Valley 20+ times, loves the gruelling 146-mile Badwater race so much that he once comp…
 
Fenella Souter's May 22 feature story 'Breaking Bad' explores honesty in medicine, and the varying opinions on how doctors should deliver a terminal diagnosis. Joining Fenella is Professor Fran Boyle - an oncologist whose "daily bread" is delivering bad news. Moderated by Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan, the discussion covers how doctors …
 
Peter Hartcher's May 22 feature story 'Access Denied' and Bill Birtles' April 30 feature story 'A Day to Pack Our Lives and Get Out' examine Australia's tenuous relationship with China from different perspectives. Moderated by Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan, the discussion covers everything from Huawei's threat to national security, Pres…
 
It's been a year since our last episode, and what a year it's been... Three-time Olympian Cate Campbell shares her journey over the past year where the world turned upside down due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the postponement of the Olympic Games, and not being able to train in the pool for extended periods of time, Cate shares how she ma…
 
Natassia Chrysanthos and David Leser's May 15 cover story 'Boys to Menace' looks at how a wave of sexual assault allegations involving students from some of the country's top private schools underlines the need to foster a healthier brand of manhood. Moderated by Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland, Natassia and David cover everything from the i…
 
A 500 km out & back FKT on NSW’s GNW trail, again?!? … a martial arts specialist turned ultra-ultra-runner that refuses to wear a shirt unless it’s -2 degrees, a man who started his running journey in a pair of dunlop volleys & until last year hadn’t finished a big run without a moon-boot. The boys talk to Black Dog Institute mental health advocate…
 
Melissa Fyfe's May 8 cover story 'New Tricks' looks at the influence of cartoon TV show Bluey, a global success that is as popular with adults as it is with kids. Joining Melissa is Marc de Rosnay, professor of child development at the University of Wollongong, who says Bluey is rewriting the rules on how to parent four to six-year-olds. Moderated …
 
Jordan Baker's May 1 cover story 'Survival of the fittest' profiles fitness celebrity Michelle Bridges after a devastating relationship break-up and drink-driving charge. Bridges – the woman who made millions spruiking “body transformation” – was brought low by personal dramas, but is now embracing a different kind of life overhaul, which may yet r…
 
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