S2:E34 | Libby Trickett: Mental Health Challenges As A Professional Athlete

 S2:E34 | Libby Trickett: Mental Health Challenges As A Professional Athlete

This week, we are proud to announce our newest association ambassador, Libby Trickett.

A former Australian swimmer, Libby collected 24 gold medals on the international stage across Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championships events. This included eight long course and seven short course world titles, five Commonwealth Games and four Olympic gold medals which were won at three consecutive Olympic Games.

After her retirement and following the birth of her first-born child, Libby suffered from post-natal depression, which was further exacerbated by the loss of a rigid training support structure.

Since retiring Libby has dabbled in TV, a sales and marketing role for a technology company, and worked as a radio announcer for Triple M in Brisbane. She is also committed to pursuing her work in mental health, publishing her memoirBeneath the Surface, as well as taking care of her three young daughters, Poppy, Edwina and Bronte.

Listen in this week as Libby and I discuss her career highs, as well as the mental challenges around being a professional athlete, her transition into retirement, challenges with motherhood, her experience with post-natal depression, and the steps she has taken (and plans to take) to prioritise her mental health.