Joe Williams – From NRL to changing the lives of First Nations youth 

Episode 16

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this episode, Caroline is joined by proud Wiradjuri and Wolgalu man, Joe Williams. Joe has played sport professionally for over 15 years, playing rugby league

before switching to professional boxing. Although forging a successful professional sporting career, he felt his true purpose was helping people who struggled with mental illness, after overcoming his own battles with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder.

In this episode, Caroline and Joe yarn about Joe’s early life and what it was like for Joe stepping into the sporting arena at 13 years old. They talk about his autobiography ‘Defying the Enemy within’. And, Both Caroline and Joe are candid in sharing their struggles with mental health and what led them both sobriety.

To learn more about Joe and his work, follow him on Instagram @joewilliams_tew

and visit his website here. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and don’t forget to follow the show!

Link to Joe’s autobiography here.

Follow Caroline on Instagram @blak_wattle_coaching and learn more about working with Caroline here!

We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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Yarning Up with Caroline KellEpisode 16