Sydney Swans great Tadhg Kennelly is coming to Geelong for a special Men’s Health Week Evening

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Sydney Swans great Tadhg Kennelly is coming to Geelong for a special Men’s Health Week Evening

Saint Ignatius College will welcome Tadhg Kennelly as this year's keynote speaker for 'Men's Health Week'.

Celebrated around the world, Men’s Health Week (June 12-18 2023) seeks to highlight the importance of men’s health, and to promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities. The theme of Men’s Health Week 2023 is Healthy Habits – focusing on encouraging men and boys to build healthy habits by identifying small changes they can make that benefit their health and wellbeing.

With the importance of men looking after their health, and being encouraged to do so, greater than ever, Saint Ignatius College in Geelong is hosting an annual Men’s Health Evening, whereby they welcome members of the College Community to listen to a keynote speaker focusing on men’s health.

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Taking place on Wednesday 14 June at 7pm, Saint Ignatius College will welcome Sydney Swans great Tadhg Kennelly as this year’s keynote speaker for ‘Men’s Health Week’.

The Irish-Australian sportsperson is known for his top-level careers in both Gaelic football and AFL. Kennelly played 197 games for the Swans over 10 seasons in the red and white, including the 2005 premiership, and impressively, is the only holder of both an AFL Premiership medallion and a Senior All-Ireland Championship medal, the highest possible team-based achievement in both sports.

Alongside his sporting achievements and career progression, previous work with international recruitment and his role within the education system, Tadhg is the co-founder of a men’s health group called WNOW (When no ones watching) – a group helping men be better which inevitably will make them better fathers, husbands, brothers, friends. The group is well known for its motto of “dropping your body armour”.


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“Life after football was a challenge. Coming from having everything done for you to finding your own two feet. It certainly took me a while to adjust but unbeknown to myself the lessons I learnt while playing have really stood to me in life after football. Really without knowing it, I have a real drive/determination to set goals and reach them, something which was very much a part of my day to day life as a footballer,” Kennelly says.

“The one thing I miss from living as a professional footballer is the constant feedback you receive good or bad. This was how you improved as an athlete and certainly today it is something in which I have to go and chase up.”

“I am so fortunate to have a life which involves sport and everyday I count my lucky stars that I’m involved in something i love doing like providing opportunities and life lessons to the next generation.”

Kennelly’s work in the mental health space is phenomenal and has touched and helping 1,000’s of men he is the ideal person to present on the challenges that men face today from anxiety, stress, to trying to keep up appearances, the challenges of been a man today, social media influences.

With a swathe of experience in sports and coaching all over the world, Kennelly is the ideal expert on a number of topics based on the philosophy of coaching, principles of strategy, tactic and people management, teamwork and culture.

2023 Men’s Health Week Evening takes place on 14 June. Tickets are free but you can register your attendance here.