Episode 8: Joel Thompson on the power of redemption, giving back to community and being proudly “old school” in the NRL.

Yaama and welcome to our podcast “A Cuppa and a Yarn” with NRL star, back-rower Joel Thompson. In this episode, Joel discusses his childhood in Ivanhoe, growing up rough, and the positive impact of his grandmother. Joel tells Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove that his nan helped him turn his life around from an angry young boy, to the man he is today.

This episode was recorded live in front of an audience in the NSW Aboriginal Land Council’s Speaker’s Tent at the 49th annual Koori Knockout at the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex. Joel also answers questions from the audience about life with Manly, recovering from a broken arm, and his focused preparations for the 2020 season.