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A Second Sporting Chance

March 16, 2017

After a long hiatus from posting to Explore Comms, we are finally back!

It was an article published just over 30 years ago in the Sydney Morning Herald that inspired me to write again. I came across the piece when I was doing some background research on Craig Elias – my business partner in a sporting venture that we are currently working on together.

Back in 1987, Craig was a promising new recruit who had just been signed on to a three-year deal with the Sydney Swans, one of our country’s leading Australian rules football (AFL) clubs.

(For those reading this outside Australia who don’t know the game, there’s a great explainer video on the AFL website.)

Unfortunately for Craig, serious injury cut short a promising career, but he’s managed to forge a successful business and family life post-footy.

In his younger days, Craig would have been the perfect candidate for a reality TV show concept that I think would be a huge hit if done the right way. In it, promising young sportspeople who have had their careers affected by injury, life circumstances or poor choices, are given a second chance to succeed in their chosen field. It would make great television to see these young people overcoming their challenges to rise back up to the top.

That idea only ever stayed at concept stage – but now we are developing something that will bring things full circle from a sporting perspective for Craig. We are approaching an exciting moment in the development of our venture, so watch this space for more news in the coming months!

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