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Simon Williams, former Australian Institute of Sport athlete and now award-winning filmmaker and musician, sits down with some of the most high-achieving and highly-skilled people on the planet.
In each episode, the conversation dives deep into the mind of both Simon and his guest to provide you with greater insights, tools and strategies to live your life ‘on purpose’ – one full of meaning, vitality and value.
Compassionately, no stone is left unturned.
If you love learning how to live a more inspired life, this is the podcast for you.





The reason I started this podcast was to take a trip into the treasure chest of high-performers – world-class athletes & coaches, international artists & seriously influential community leaders - to discover the strategies they use to achieve what they’ve achieved; how they were able to walk the valley of shadows & overcome these challenges; & how they stay on top of their own mental health & wellness in order to live their most inspired life. I have made sure that each conversation will offer you insights & tools to take-away & implement in your own life, for greater personal & professional achievement, happiness & fulfilment.

Resilience, Gratitude and Being A Good Human

ATHLETE | LEADER - Cooper Chapman

Cooper Chapman is a World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer who has represented Australia four-times at the Junior World Championships and has been selected as part of the Australian Olympic-Readiness Team.
Cooper has been at the peak of his surfing game for 15+ years; and, with a career-high ranking of 23rd, he was (and hopefully is) well on his way to becoming part of the World Championship Tour and the Olympic Games.
However, no matter how hard he trained or how often he achieved, he states “something was missing within”; and, after a journey into the depths of himself to discover the purpose he was put on this Earth to pursue, Cooper founded, The Good Human Factory – which aims to educate and inspire our youth to be good humans.
WHY? Because we can all be a little kinder and a little more of a good human if we work on it every day.
For this initiative, Cooper was recently instated as an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Lifeline Community Custodian.

Hear about this, and more about Cooper’s pursuit for personal greatness, with Cooper Chapman on The MAPPLIFE Podcast.

Adventure, Authenticity and Being Comfortable Outside Your Comfort Zone

ARTIST - Spencer Frost

Over the past few years Spencer has worked with a number of international brands, agencies and production companies including BBC Earth, RED BULL Media House, Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Ducati, Corona, P&O Cruises, BMW, Destination NSW, The North Face, Audi Australia, Nutrigrain, Powerade, and Destination Queenstown just to name a lot. Over the past 6 years, Spencer has travelled to some amazing locations around the world including Africa, Europe, Japan, Hawaii, Indonesia, South Pacific and to every state in Australia. Mentioning this, you can understand why he is so comfortable in uncomfortable climates and situations – skill and solution-based thinking.

In 2017, Spencer made his inaugural short film, Home; which went on to win the Fisher-Flicks Film Festival and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick.

In 2019, Spencer was selected by Redbull Media House as a part of their scene concept to create his short film - Dancing in the Dark- which went on to gather 3 MILLION YouTube views and was also awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick.

In 2019, Spencer was the Director of Photography (DOP) of the Australia Desert segment for a new BBC Earth Series by David Attenborough.

In 2019 and into 2020, Spencer completed his first feature length film, A Corner of the Earth, which has been screened all over the world AND WON HEAPS of AWARDS; one of which was being selected to be a part of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour and has recently been signed for distribution with Madman / Garage Films.
The epic, award-winning adventure film is available for you to watch in your very own home via iTunes or Vimeo.

Moving forward, Spencer is continuing to pursue a career in the commercial film while also planning the next adventure feature film - scheduled for 2021.

A true powerhouse on the cusp of greatness. It’s an absolute pleasure hanging out with Spencer, to see his creativity being acknowledged, and to call him a mate.

Hear about this, and more, with Spencer Frost on The MAPPLIFE Podcast.

Rites of Passage, Creativity and His Passion For Mentoring

ARTIST | LEADER - Tyler Richardson

Tyler Richardson is the lead singer/bass player of Tasmanian heroes, Luca Brasi.
From humble beginnings on the East Coast of Scamander, Tyler and his bandmates have become a foundation of the Tasmanian music scene, and a player in the Australian music scene. Playing every major festival and venue Australia has to offer, and subsequently tours around the world and racking up an ARIA Nomination and Top 10 album, Luca Brasi have proven that effort turns into longevity and loyalty.

Tyler also is a high school teacher in Materials Design and Technology at a Tasmanian High School, meaning he splits his time between the classroom, the studio and the stages of the world. We get into how he goes about wearing these different hats (and you'll notice I didn't say masks because Tyler is as authentic as they come), as well as, his keen interest in mentoring young people and furthering social causes.

Hear about this and more from Tyler Richardson on The MAPPLIFE Podcast.

Mentorship, Adaptability and The Greatest Day of His Life.

ATHLETE - Pat Cummins

Patrick James Cummins is an Australian international cricketer and one of the fastest bowlers in the history of the game. He has terrorised batsmen from all parts of the world with his incredible accuracy, pace and prowess and has consistently been awarded gongs for being one of the best cricketers to be playing the world game. But, what Pat is most famous for is the quality of person he is. Constantly and consistently being voted "Player's Player", he represents the kind of athlete all aspiring athletes should be aiming to become; and, in this interview, Pat outlines just how to do so.

Pat is currently the co-vice captain for the Australian national cricket team in all forms. He made his test debut for Australia at 18 - the second youngest in history. In 2020, Pat was named Test Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC), as well as, being awarded as one of the Cricketers of the Year for his epic Ashes performance in 2019 by Wisden, which we also discuss in this episode.

Please enjoy this inspiring conversation with Pat Cummins on The Mapplife Podcast.

Self-Worth, Empowerment and Cultivating Creative Intuition.

ARTIST - Michelle Grace Hander

Beginning her career in professional photography 9 years ago, Michelle Grace Hunder already has two separate portrait series in the National Sound and Film Archive of Australia and is considered one of the most revered Australian Music Photographers.

After the 2015 release of her highly anticipated photographic book, RISE, a detailed insight of her personal journey into the world of Australian Hip-Hop, Michelle has also spread her creativity across a number of different avenues, showing an agile versatility – from fashion, to film, to photography and international cultural events.

Her repertoire continues to grow, with Australian and international artists requesting her talents to photograph both live performances and portrait images, used for press, publicity and album covers.

Michelle has been invited as the official tour photographer for Ruel, Seth Sentry & Illy, and was the Official Festival Photographer for COME TOGETHER at Sydney's iconic Big Top at Luna Park for 4 consecutive years.

After shooting with literally every major player in the Australian Hip-Hip scene, Michelle then spent four years on a major personal project called, HER SOUND, HER STORY - celebrating Women in Australian Music, across all genres, with her project partner, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore. Michelle & Claudia worked with over 80 women, both artists and behind the scenes in the music industry, across all genres, shooting portraits and interviews for this highly ambitious project. The full-length documentary of HER SOUND, HER STORY premiered with huge industry acclaim in May of 2018.

It was my absolute pleasure to speak with Michelle. The insights, tools and strategies she offers in this episode cross more than just barriers, cultures & creative-realms – we outline one of the paths through the valley of shadows! A must-listen for anyone looking to overcome challenges to become the best version of themselves; for themselves and the world around them.

Please enjoy my epic conversation with artist, Michelle Grace Hunder on The MAPPLIFE Podcast.

Mission, Transition and Personal Best.


As a teenager Tom dreamed of playing cricket for Australia, and felt that he was moving in the right direction when in 2010, at the age of 22, he began a professional cricket career with Middlesex County Cricket Club in England, giving him the opportunity to learn from and play against some of the best players in the world. He was incredibly excited and felt like he'd ‘made it’.

However, three years later his world came crashing down when he was unexpectedly released from his contract, and decided to return to Perth. Devastated, and upon reflection, he soon came to the conclusion that psychologically he had not been up to the task; convinced that it was his mindset that prevented him from performing at his best, and going on to have a satisfying long-lasting successful professional cricketing career.

"Scolls", as he is affectionately known by his 125,000+ Instagram fans, then set out to create a business that would support nurture and develop aspiring young athletes into record-breaking professional athletes. He developed a program focused on his "6 Pillars of Success" and has not looked back! His students are amongst some of the highest performing athletes in Australian cricket.

What I love about Tom and his principles is that they can be applied across all sports, and life in general.

If you're looking to increase your results on your professional field or off the field in your personal life, this is the episode for you: Tom Scollay on Mission, Transition and Personal Best on The Mapplife Podcast.

Integrity, Family and Stories from The Road

LEADER | ARTIST - Marcus Catanzaro

Marcus Catanzaro is a 20-year veteran of the Music Industry. Throughout this time, he has been a touring session musician, Tour Manager, Guitar Tech and Creative Director for some of the biggest artists and record labels in the world. His current path places him in Los Angeles, based working with acts like Fleetwood Mac, Crowded House and Childish Gambino.

All sounds pretty glamourous, right?
When you are a man like Marcus, it is.

Sure, there are late nights, bright lights, tired eyes and come downs from dizzying heights; but if one has their foundations firmly rooted in integrity, family and personal best these are all just pieces in the puzzle of “the best job in the world”.

One more thing – Marcus is a father “to an incredible fourteen-year-old son” … And in this interview, Marcus digs deep to let us in on how he loves and what he’s lost on his quest for personal best.

This is an incredible episode with one of my long-time friends.
We’ve supported each other from very early on (even as early as teenagers playing in pop-punk bands) so please enjoy the depth and connection of this conversation:
Marcus Catanzaro on The Mapplife Podcast


The Value of Values, Sustainability & Riding Sideways.

LEADER - Dave Fraser

As the Founder and CEO of Sidelife Distribution, Mr Simple and Simple Watch Co., Dave looks over the creative and business direction of the business and has become one of Australia’s leading and most successful entrepreneurs. His ethos is grounded in the value of aligning your values on both a personal and professional level; which is what stands him out in an over-populated crowd. That, and his true, authentic and honest approach to sustainability.

Sidelife was founded in 2003 as a multi-brand retail and wholesale distribution company which in 2008 become the launching pad for Mr Simple clothing.

With a history in the snow, surf and skate industry David has a passion for the music, travel and board-sports culture which continues to influence his direction on a personal and professional level.

In this episode, Dave drops some serious knowledge bombs for budding business-minds, as well as, tells a few great stories about growing up, getting older and his desire for a legacy that matches his dedication to the planet and its people.

As Dave had to run off to a meeting before I could ask him over Zoom – here are his answers to our ‘Quick 5’ for you:

1. If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be and why?

Anthony Bourdain. The chance to discuss life, travel and food with Bourdain would of been amazing.

2. What is one of your favourite films and why?

I'm a Tarantino fan and I'm still loving Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The locations, dialogue, music and fashion of Tarantino films are what makes them so re-watchable. The soundtrack is on high rotation on the record player.

3. Name one of the greatest days of your life?

Outside of my family and kids it would be the day we opened The Lab on Brunswick St Fitzroy 17/02/2003. That opening day was so nerve-wracking, and I still remember the 1st sale. Taking that leap of faith to leave a job and go out on your own is scary, exciting and liberating.

4. What is something that riles up your blood/gets you angry?

People that can't merge into traffic is up there... Apart from that I'm pretty calm most of the time.

5. What is something that lights you up/inspires you?

Seeing other people doing amazing things fires me up to be more creative.

What a legend.
Please enjoy my very enjoyable conversation with my pal, Dave Fraser on The Mapplife Podcast.

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Dedication, Development and the Discovery of Freedom.

ATHLETE | ARTIST - Grace Carroll

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to stand centre stage, in front of thousands of people critiquing every step you take and every move you make down to the placement of a single fingertip?

Heavy, huh?

That is the world of classical ballet; and Grace Carroll is on the path to becoming one of the greatest ballerinas in the world.

In 2019, Australia’s Grace Carroll won the Senior Women’s category at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in New York - the most prestigious prize for emerging dancers from all over the world. She brought "effortless stage presence", "distinctive grace — in style and personality", "undeniable artistry" and "pure technique"… even under the cloudy cloak of a head cold.

As a former student of the Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney — under the direction and coaching of The Australian Ballet’s former Principal Ballerina Lucinda Dunn (OAM) and contemporary teacher Adam Blanch — her win presented her with full-year placements at; the San Francisco Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monaco, Joffrey Academy of Dance, and the opportunity to audition privately for a place at the Paris Opera Ballet School, in which she was accepted – an open door to a life-long goal.

After being offered an opportunity to transfer to the most prestigious ballet school on the planet - she now dances full-time at the Royal Ballet School in London.
Oh, and she is only 17 years old.

Yes, Grace is exceptionally talented but what I love most about her is the way is her holistic approach to the amalgamation of her personal and professional lives. You'd be hard pressed to find a more kind, mature, focused, yet, grounded young woman on the planet (especially one that grew up with undiagnosed ADHD); and it was my pleasure to discuss the tools and strategies she has implemented to excel in her life, and her love for it.

You might think that you're above taking life advice from an adolescent, however, let me tell you that this episode is for anyone who wants to learn how to get the most out of themselves, their potential and to live a life you love, every day.

Please enjoy my conversation with Grace Carroll on The Mapplife Podcast.

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Motivation, Performance and Personal Best

ATHLETE - Georgie Rowe

This week on The Mapplife Podcast is current 3 x Rowing World Record holder, Georgie Rowe.

A registered nurse, Georgie took up rowing in May 2017 after having taken part in the Australian Indoor Rowing Championships in 2016 and being crowned a national champion. Georgie is a prolific surfboat rower, along with paddling surf skis and kayaking but now counts 'flat-water' rowing as her favoured sport.

Georgie was selected to make her Australian Rowing Team debut in 2018, in the Women's Eight for the World Rowing Cups and World Rowing Championships. She went on to win two medals internationally, and then winning the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta.

Georgie currently holds World Records for the 5km, Marathon and 4 min max. metres on the Indoor Rowing ERG (that machine at the gym we all loathe because of the pain and suffering it puts us through). Georgie also held the World Record in the half marathon (21,000m) which was only just taken from her. At the national level, she holds the records for 2km, 1km, 500m, 5km, half and full marathon, and the 4 min max (some are unofficial).

To say that Georgie is one of the greats of the sport is an understatement – not only for her prowess in the boat but also, and most would say more importantly, out of it. Favoured amongst her teammates, you will come to understand why in this epic interview with Georgie Rowe on The Mapplife Podcast.

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Identity, Vulnerability, Mental Health and the Courage to Fail

ATHELETE - Moises Henriques

Moises Constantino Henriques is an Australian professional cricketer who currently plays for New South Wales; and was recently selected in the Australia A to play India after an incredible start to the 2020/21 season.

Moises is a leader. He is process-focused; which I love and support.

Born to a former Portuguese professional footballer, sport fast became how Moises’ formed his identity. However, in the years to follow, in the midst of a stellar international cricket career, he was diagnosed with clinical depression. Deciding he needed to step away from the game he loved to reassess his future, both on a professional and personal level, Moises had to rebuild himself from the ground up.

In this conversation, Moises provides incredible insight into the tools and strategies he used to resurface from the depths of depression and come back to his best – his ‘personal best’ - this time was going to be a labour of love over fear.

His approach is extremely valuable, consistent and replicable.

This episode is one for anyone looking to improve their mindset, performance and mental health.

Please enjoy my conversation with Moises Henriques on The Mapplife Podcast.

Adversity, Alignment and Finding Your Tribe.

LEADER - Steph Pringle

Stephanie Pringle is Australia’s most dynamic casting director. With credits spanning across film, tv and big brand advertising, her focus is on emerging talent and advocating for inclusion and authentic representation on screen and stage.

In the advertising space, Stephanie cut her teeth on big brand campaigns with international directors such as David Fincher (Se7ven, The Social Network), Jean Pierre Jeunet (BAFTA award winner) and Bobby Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) and big name locals like David Deneen (AFI award winner), Paul Middleditch (4 x Gold Cannes Lions) and Rey Carlson (AFI award winner).

She is on the Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) Core Committee, finding ways to create gender parity within our industry and in 2018 was the first Casting Director to win B&T’s 30 under 30 Award. She is a proud member of the Casting Guild of Australia, sitting on their Diversity Committee.

She co-found Chicken and Chips Casting with Alison Fowler in 2015 and is mentored by Casting Director and her former colleague, Fiona Dann.

Chicken and Chips Casting have also just been nominated for 3 x CGA awards (which is MASSIVE news!)

Stephanie enjoys casting unique and authentic characters and prides herself on being Australia’s most diverse Casting Director. She is drawn to scripts that allow her to cast blindly and authentically - and, her strike rate speaks for itself.

Enjoy my conversation with my long-time friend, Steph Pringle on The Mapplife Podcast.

Precision, Progress and Aligning with the Process

ATHLETE | ARTIST - Chloe Leong

Chloe started dancing at the age of six at Sydney’s Brent Street Studios, and later studied at Lindfield’s Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre. In 2010 she completed three years training at London’s Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Chloe moved to Barcelona in 2012 to join the junior contemporary company IT Dansa under the direction of Catherine Allard. During her two years with the Company, she performed works by Rafael Bonachela, Alexander Ekman, Ohad Naharin and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Chloe joined Sydney Dance Company in 2015 and in the same year, won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Female Dancer’ for her performance in Willam Forsythe’s Quintett.

Chloe currently teaches body conditioning pilates classes in the Sydney Dance Company Virtual Studio and features in Rafael Bonachela’s latest online work Cuatro, a collaboration with Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Chloe makes her choreographic debut with Sydney Dance Company in New Breed 2020.
Chloe is an exceptional athlete, artist and leader; and, it was my absolute pleasure to discuss mindset, performance & mental health with such an amazing woman.

Enjoy my insightful, revelatory conversation with Chloe Leong on The Mapplife Podcast.

Priming, Pressure and His Passion for Process


Ed Cowan made his Test cricket debut for Australia in the 2011 Boxing Day Test against India (which I flew down to Melbourne to witness first hand); and in him doing so, became the 18th Australian opening batsman to score a half-century (68) on debut.

His maiden Test century came on 12 November 2012, a year to the day after the death of his mentor and former teacher Peter Roebuck; Cowan dedicated the century to Roebuck's memory.

Cowan was selected for the Ashes Tour of England that followed – again, I was a first-hand witness.

In reflection, I was at his first and last game for the green and gold. Remarkable. What a privilege.

Since retiring from all forms of cricket, Eddie has launched a thriving compostable coffee capsule company – Tripod Coffee – becoming Australia's most sustainable Nespresso® compatible coffee pods - 100% compostable and biodegradable. He also works as an Investor for TDM Growth Partners.

Ed is a remarkable man whom I’ve had the pleasure of ‘growing up’ with.

To help you further understand the quality of his character:

When he was called from the SCG Members bar in 2005 to field as the 13th man for Australia against Pakistan for five minutes, he refused to keep the gear he was offered because Cowan did not believe he’d earned it. Then, when NSW prematurely presented him with his baggy blue after he was picked as 12th man for the state's one-day team, he walked into Cricket NSW boss Dave Gilbert's office and handed it back, stating that he would accept it when he’d earnt it.

Please enjoy my conversation with my long-time pal, Ed Cowan on The Mapplife Podcast.

Application, Analysis Paralysis and his Love for the Process (including his Four Pillars for High-Performance).

ATHLETE | LEADER - Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll is best known as one of the world’s greatest ever surfers and sportsmen. He holds two world professional surfing championships and three wins at Hawaii’s mega-challenging Pipeline. However, and more importantly, he envisioned and pioneered for surfing to become professional; and, if you’ve seen the state of surfing of late, he succeeded.

Tom is also a man who has lived, and learned, and lived and learned again. A man of his stature and nature has endured and processed the many ebbs and flows of life. What’s absolutely alluring about Tom is the sparkle in his eye for fun and joyous expression has never ceased as he continues to climb the metaphorical mountains of mindset and performance.

On a personal note, I have spent a lot of time talking to and learning from Tom over the last few years. I appreciate many things about him – his ability to give you focused attention when talking about topics of interest; his kind and caring nature for not only his closest circle but for anyone whom he meets – new friends or old fans; his love and dedication for the sustainability of our beloved ocean and the planet; and his drive and determination to continue to pursue personal greatness and personal best.

We all would know Tom as an athlete but these days, Tom holds various roles in a diverse range of businesses and surf-inspired charities, as well as, coaching and as a trained and certified Vedic meditation teacher.

Please enjoy my conversation with the effervescent, Tom Carrol on The Mapplife Podcast.

* 'Tune in’ with Tom for free Stage 1 meditation on IG Live @ 5:50am (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
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Preparation, Passion and Fighting for What's Right.

ARTIST - Luke Duggleby

N.B. A few key names have been blanked out of this episode in order to publish it.

Luke Duggleby is an award-winning documentary photographer from England who now resides in Thailand as he continues his quest to champion human rights defenders, some of whom have been assassinated during their struggle.

Luke’s life work has become the preservation of their impact, legacy and memory – for both the progress of remote communities and their respective families.

Luke is in development with an international N.G.O., Protection International, to provide Thailand (and eventually further afield regionally and even perhaps globally) with an online platform for human rights defenders, community leaders and documentary storytellers to expose human and environmental rights abusers and bring to justice the corruption that is plaguing the progression of the free world.

In this episode, Luke and I go deep into specific quests he has been documenting and the darkness that suffocates the light in the eyes of local human rights defenders and communities. We also discuss his ideas for a potential ‘way forward' and he offers some incredible insights for creativity and emerging photographers.

It is an episode not to be missed.

I believe we are all awakening to the global "monsters under the bed" - those who have been suffocating and depleting the planet and its people for decades. It is champions like Luke that give me hope for the future – one in which human and environmental rights are upheld for all and one that is not corrupted by the need for excess and the greed of globalisation.

Find Luke here:

Instagram - @lukedugglebyphoto

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Goal Setting, Leadership and the Counter-Productivity of Worry.

LEADER - Tim Cruickshank

Two of the most important and impactful lessons you’re ever likely to be influenced by are:

1. How to set, strategize and achieve a vision;
2. How to navigate a life, career or relationship transition.

Tim Cruickshank is a former NSW Blues & Sydney Thunder representative; holds the all-time leading run scorer record for his former club in the world-renowned SCA competition; has spent time as a media personality; and, is currently the Head of Commercial and Strategic Projects for the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

Tim completely understands leadership and how to lead a team, to both victory and improvement. He understands how to extract the best out of individuals for both personal and professional betterment. Tim is someone that has gone from strength to strength in his career and personal life that it would be remiss if you missed absorbing his take-away strategies for personal and professional best.

If you desire to take your performance on and off the field to the next-level – this is one episode you will love - Tim Cruickshank on The Mapplife Podcast.

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B. Health Sciences
B. Education
SMART Trained
Trauma Informed
Accidental Counsellor
Child Protection
Child Mental Health


Personal Coach.
Australian Institute of Sport
NSW Institute of Sport
Youth Mentor.
Award-Winning Filmmaker.
Published Writer.
Exhibited Photographer.
Commissioned Musician.