Sophie Devine | Managing Diabetes, Mental Health and Leadership

The Inside Edge

01-10-2020 • 49 mins

Our guest this week is the captain of the White Ferns and #1 ranked t20 player, Sophie Devine. She has close to 200 international caps, broken numerous records and is arguably the most sought after player in franchise cricket. To top it off, she has also represented the NZ women's hockey team and was extremely close to playing for them at the Olympics. The list of accolades could go on forever, however, Sophie's story so far is filled with some significant challenges, including getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, giving up cricket to chase an Olympic dream, only to miss out oat the last moment and battling a serious bout of depression. Through her journey she has learned some valuable lessons and continues to use tools such as yoga and meditation to help her both on and off the field.

In this podcast:

  • The dangers of early specialization and how playing a wide range of sport make a huge difference to her skillset now
  • Getting Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes - thinking she was never going to play sport again and the role her support network played in getting her back on track
  • Making the decision to step away from cricket to chase an Olympic dream
  • Experiencing the professionalism of the Balck Sticks and how that had a significant effect on how she operated as an athlete
  • Professionalism vs perfectionism
  • How Sophie maintains focus on her natural strengths when she is under pressure
  • Yoga and mindfulness practice leading to ease and peace at the crease and in life
  • Dealing with clinical depression and anxiety where Sophie could not get out of bed or go onto the cricket field without breaking down
  • How the White Ferns are integrating purpose mindset into their culture
  • How Sophie has changed how she values herself
  • What Sophie hopes the next generation gets right

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