Episode 68 — Dylan Walker

Dylan Walker, rugby league
Photo courtesy Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

In this episode of SportsParenthood, what happens when young sportspeople are thrust into the spotlight, without the maturity and skills to handle the situation? For most of us, we have no first-hand experience of what it’s like, how it feels, and much less the scrutiny involved.

Still, it would be fair to say that when it comes to the football codes, in particular, many of us are quick to judge the behaviour of these young players — and find it frustrating when they make headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s easy to think they should know better.

Are our expectations too high? Today, we’re bringing you a perspective from a rugby league player who has walked this path — who went from obscurity to the next-big-thing way faster than he ever imagined.

And, readily admits he didn’t know how to deal with the pressure of it all.

This week, we’re not making excuses — and neither is our guest. Instead, this conversation is about understanding how it can happen. 

You’ll hear from Dylan Walker, premiership winner, state of origin player and current first-grade player with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League, in an honest and vulnerable account of his childhood and career in the goldfish bowl of professional sport, including the role of FOMO and ego. 

Plus, how he has turned it all around. And, listen out for a really funny story about his mum!



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