Ashton was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and has been a professional cricketer since 2012. Having represented Australia in both T20 and One-Day International cricket he has experienced some of the sports intoxicating highs but also some of its crippling lows. Four major shoulder reconstructions and the unenviable world record for most consecutive ducks in T20 history (5) has provided invaluable learning opportunities. It’s through this adversity that Ashton has learnt many life lessons. He now wishes to share the skills he acquired with the broader community.
As the current Vice-Captain of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers, Ashton has a passion for helping others get the best out of themselves. But it wasn’t until he suffered near career-ending injuries and a severe loss of on-field form that Ashton turned to the mental health and wellbeing space for a change in fortunes. As a person who has historically never engaged in any mindful practices, he feels that his change of perspective can be a great lesson and he hopes to carve a path for others to follow.
Cameron has an extremely powerful story. During the summer of 2018 he was playing test cricket for Australia before he made a mistake which changed his life. Tampering with sandpaper on a ball, breaking the rules and being ridiculed by millions of people around the world was devastating as it would be for anyone. Like all challenges thrown by life, every setback creates an opportunity for growth. That is how Cameron embraced the next 9 months where he was banned from all professional cricket. What that journey taught him was the impact mental health and wellbeing has on a person.
Cameron’s interest in mental health and wellbeing stems further back than the 9 month ban he served in 2018. He started practicing meditation in his early 20’s to help deal with the stress of professional sport. Straight away he noticed that through the practices of meditation he could reduce the chatter of the mind helping to improve his overall wellbeing but most importantly his sport performance.
In 2016 he completed an Advanced Diploma in Meditation and Holistic Counselling and in 2018 completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course to further feed his hunger for improving one's own mental health and wellbeing. Recovering from setbacks is a part of life Cameron hopes to connect with people through his experience and passions for yoga and meditation.
Simon grew up in Tammin, a small country town located 200 kms east of Perth. He played professional cricket from 2012-2019 with Western Australia and developed a keen interest in player wellbeing throughout that time. His education background consists of Elite Athlete Wellbeing Management and Primary School Education. This combined with his innate desire to help others has led to a career in the health and wellbeing space. Simon balanced a variety of roles throughout a playing career including coaching, media and education and is continually looking to evolve and develop not only himself but also those around him.
Simon currently resides in Melbourne. He has multiple roles at Melbourne University Cricket Club as a player, Assistant Coach and Player Welfare and Development Manager. This is a reflection of Simon’s desire to continually seek new challenges and approach these challenges with positivity and optimism.