GAINcast Episode 213: The all-rounder (with Ellyse Perry)

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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Notes and quotes

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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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: