Episode 52 — Martin Pickup

Photo courtesy of Martin Pickup

Today on SportsParenthood, this conversation has everything to do with the influence a parent has had on helping a child win at life. In this episode, journalist Martin Pickup reflects on what it’s like growing up with a parent who’s a well-known sportsperson: and the lessons, inspiration and perks that shaped his childhood. 

His dad, Tim Pickup, led an extraordinary life. He was a superstar of rugby league in the 1970s, when he played 11 Tests for the Kangaroos, as well as being a key player at both North Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown, where he captained the team. Wherever he went, people knew who he was.

In the year 2000, Tim was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Australian sport. He passed away earlier this year. Martin has such fond memories of his dad, who just loved sport.

Wherever you’re listening to the show, get ready for an episode packed with stories, tales told from a perspective we haven’t heard before on SportsParenthood, from a son who has a deep appreciation and sense of gratitude for the love and adventures he had with his dad

… and a legacy that’s helping him sports parent his own kids.



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