Americans might not recognize the name Ellyse Perry, but she is perhaps the most successful and versatile athlete in the world currently. She has made the World Cup in two different sports, and was recently named the top women’s cricketer in the world of the past decade. She shares an athlete’s perspective to this week’s podcast, discussion her own career path, approach to athletic development, and more.
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Ellyse Perry is an Australian athlete with the rare distinction of playing in both the cricket and soccer World Cups, making her debut for both national teams at age 16. More recently she has focused on cricket, where she has developed into one of the greatest female players ever.
- 0:00 – Introduction.
- 5:30 – Introducing Perry and her athletic background.
- 14:30 – Role Models, the influence of Tom Sermanni, and the value of teaching.
- 19:15 – Starting to work with Dean Benton and returning from hamstring injury: “Injury is opportunity.”
- 22:30 – The role of athleticism, evolution of the game, and integrating some Bosch concepts into training: “As the game continues to evolve, there isn’t as much of a place for skillful players that lack athletic ability.”
- 27:15 – Bowling technique, approach, and velocity.
- 30:30 – Perry’s current athletic development training.
- 34:00 – The Record documentary.
- 37:30 – What’s ahead, the growth of women’s sports, and advice for Vern’s granddaughter: “I think there’s probably no better time to be growing up as as a young girl and wanting to play sport and get into sport.”
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- You can follow Perry on Instagram (@ellyseperry) and Twitter (@ellyseperry). You can also learn a bit more about her background on her webpage.
- The recent documentary ‘The Record’ tells the story of the Australian team’s journey at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. You can watch the trailer here, or stream it on Amazon Prime.
- Perry has worked with Dean Benton recently. You can learn more from Benton on GAINcast 186. We’ve also done a couple of written interviews with him on rest, recovery and travel, tactical periodization, and using technology to integrate testing, training, and teaching.