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Nick Holland on Sports Geek Podcast discussing career, Legend Game and men’s health

Following on from the success of the recent E.J. Whitten Legends Game, Nick Holland chatted with Sean Callanan on the Sports Geek Podcast. As part of the Sports Geek Podcast CEO Series, Nick and Sean chatted about about football, law, governance and blockbusters.

On this episode, you will learn about Nick’s background as a professional footballer and how he prepared for life after sport whilst still playing AFL by studying law. Nick’s experience post football including working in sports law on the Essendon case and in sports governance for Australian Sports Commission. Nick also chats about his involvement working on Nitro Athletics whilst at Athletics Australia and building a blockbuster event prior to joining the E.J.Whitten Foundation.

Nick shares with Sean what attracted him to joining the E.J. Whitten Foundation and his aim of raising awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health through big sporting events. Connect with Nick on Linkedin 

Thank you to Sean Callanan from Sports Geek for his assistance in promoting the E.J. Whitten Legends game, you can listen to Sports Geek Podcast on iTunes on all good podcast players and at SportsGeekHQ.com. The event not only was a fantastic night of entertainment but also our brand awareness, reach and donations well exceeded our expectations. We look forward to raising the bar on the event again next year.

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Looking to get into the Grand Final spirit?

Join us for our E.J.Whitten Foundation AFL Grand Final Lunch. This year’s Grand Final Lunch will be held on September 27, 2017 at the Atlantic, Docklands from 11:30am – 4.00pm. $295 p/p (incl GST) or $2950 (incl GST) for a table of 10.

Book your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on one of AFL Grand Final Week’s finest traditions.

Click here to secure your spot to the 2017 E.J. Whitten Foundation AFL Grand Final Lunch

Or just call Nick on 1300 Whitten to secure your table.

Roughead, Harvey, Bartel support Grand Final Lunch

Celebrate September with the E.J. Whitten Foundation

AFL stars Jarrod RougheadBrent HarveyJimmy Bartel and AFLW and Channel 7 Commentator Abbey Holmes are all premiership winning players who will provide the attendees of the lunch with a tremendous insight into what it is like for a player in the build up to a Grand Final. To add to this talent, we will also be joined by the hilarious Sam Kekovich, part of the famous Ron Barrassi coached 1975 North Melbourne Premiership team, and key note speaker George McNeil who was banned from running in the Olympics while he held the title of the “fastest man in the world!”

 

Book your AFL Grand Final Lunch Tickets Now

Book your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on one of AFL Grand Final Week’s finest traditions. 

Secure your spot to the 2017 E.J. Whitten Foundation AFL Grand Final Lunch now

Or call 1300 Whitten to secure your table now

Details of the lunch are:

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue: Atlantic, 161 Harbour Esplanade Docklands, Victoria

Individual Ticket  $ 295.00
Table of 10  $ 2,950.00

EJ Whitten Legends Game Boasts Biggest Names Yet

They’re lists that would be the envy of the Nation.  Featuring 2 Coleman Medallists, 3 Brownlow Medallists and a staggering 63 All Australian Jerseys between them, The EJ Whitten Legends Game is stacked with first class talent.

The game has brought together an elite group of recently retired AFL Players with Tim Watson coaching the ‘Big V’ and Wayne Carey The All Stars.

The Victorian Team, includes game heavyweights Jonathon Brown, Brad Johnson, Adam Yze, Scott West, Campbell Brown and many more.

Whilst the All-Stars includes Luke Darcy, Leon Davis, Kane Cornes , Andrew McLeod,  Simon Black, Alan Didak and Cameron Mooney.

Recently retired footballers such as Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo, Dustin Fletcher, Ted Richards, Brian Lake, Adam Cooney and Luke Ball add to the list of premiership players, brownlow medallists and club champions taking the field at Etihad Stadium on September 1st.

The game is an opportunity for several AFL players to reunite with the likes Nick Dal Santo and Luke Ball, Leon Davis and Alan Didak and Luke Power and Jonathon Brown running out under the same banner once more.

With Legends from almost every club, AFL fans all around the nation have a chance to re-ignite the rivalry once more with Victoria leading 11 games to 9 with one draw since the games inception in 1995.

The game is played in memory of AFL Hall of Fame Legend Ted Whitten and has pledged to raise money for the EJ Whitten Foundation which supports Men’s health and raises much needed funds for prostate cancer research and treatment.  

Tickets for the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game are available to purchase via ticketmaster.com.au or afl.com.au/legendsgame or to donate simply click here to donate now.

Who is playing from your club?

The EJ Whitten Legends Game to be played on September 1st at Etihad Stadium boasts one of its best and most talented lists ever.

With AFL Hall of Famers, rising star award winner, Premiership Players and Games record holders the EJ Whitten legends games puts recently retired champions back onto the field for everyone to see.

This season’s game host plenty of award winning players but who will be donning the Big V or the All Star Guernsey from your club?

Adelaide– Andrew McLeod

Brisbane–  Jonathon Brown, Luke Power, Simon Black, Chris Johnson, Ash McGrath, Martin Pike, Richard Champion, Adrian Fletcher, Clarke Keating, Brent Staker

Carlton– Heath Scotland, Anthony Koutoufides, Daniel Harford

Collingwood– Ben Johnson, Heath Scotland, Damien Monkhorst, Paul Licuria , Leon Davis, Alan Didak, Scott Cummings.

Essendon– Tim Watson (coach), Dustin Fletcher, Adam Cooney, Scott Cummings, Mark Williams, Ted Richards

Fremantle– Paul Hasleby, Peter Bell, Shaun McManus, Adrian Fletcher

Geelong– Cameron Mooney, Jimmy Bartel, Adrian Fletcher,  

Gold Coast– Campbell Brown

Greater Western Sydney– Luke Power

Hawthorn– Campbell Brown, Joel Smith, Mark Graham, Daniel Harford,  Matt Spangher, Dipper (coach), Brian Lake, Mark Williams,

Melbourne– Adam Yze, Shaun Smith, Martin Pike, Ben Holland

North Melbourne– Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo, Wayne Schwass,  Wayne Carey (coach), Martin Pike, Peter Bell, Cameron Mooney, Shaun Smith

Port Adelaide– Kane Cornes, Scott Cummings, Troy Chaplin, Brent Montgomery

Richmond– Chris Newman, Ben Holland, Troy Chaplin, Mark Graham

St Kilda– Andrew Thompson, Austin Jones, Danny Frawley (coach), Sam Fisher, Adam Schneider, Nick Dal Santo, Luke Ball, Adrian Fletcher, Damian Monkhorst, Joel Smith, Tony Brown.

Sydney– Ted Richards, Jude Bolton, Tadhg Kennelly, Troy Luff,  Adam Schneider, Matt Spangher, Wayne Schwass

West Coast– Brent Staker, Karl Langdon, Andrew Embley, Phil Matera, Glen Jakovich (coach), Scott Cummings, Matt Spangher

Western Bulldogs – Luke Darcy, Brent Montgomery, Lindsay Gilbee, Paul Dimattina, Scott West, Brad Johnson, Daniel Southern.

Tickets for the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game are available to purchase via ticketmaster.com.au or afl.com.au/legendsgame or to donate simply click here to donate now.

EJ Whitten Legends Squads

Victoria

Jonathon Brown (capt), Ben Johnson, Brent Montgomery, Campbell Brown, Chris Johnson, Chris Newman, Dustin Fletcher, Heath Scotland, Joel Smith, Lindsay Gilbee, Mark Graham, Ted Richards, Andrew Thompson, Anthony Koutoufides, Austin Jones, Brent Harvey, Damian Monkhorst, Daniel Harford, Jimmy Bartel, Jude Bolton, Luke Ball, Luke Power, Nick Dal Santo, Paul Dimattina, Paul Licuria, Scott West, Wayne Schwass, Adem Yze, Brad Johnson, Matt Spangher, Tony Brown.

Coaches: Tim Watson, Danny Frawley, Robert DiPierdomenico Runner: Mark Beretta

All Stars

Luke Darcy (capt), Ash McGrath, Ben Holland, Brent Staker, Brian Lake, Daniel Southern, Karl Langdon, Martin Pike, Richard Champion, Sam Fisher, Tadhg Kennelly, Troy Luff, Adam Cooney, Adam Schneider, Adrian Fletcher, Alan Didak, Andrew Embley, Andrew McLeod, Clark Keating, Kane Cornes, Paul Hasleby, Peter Bell, Shaun McManus, Simon Black, Cameron Mooney, Leon Davis, Mark Williams, Phil Matera, Scott Cummings, Shaun Smith, Troy Chaplin.

Tickets for the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game are available to purchase via ticketmaster.com.au or afl.com.au/legendsgame or to donate simply click here to donate now.

All Stars Coach Wayne Carey looking for every inch of advantage in the E.J. Whitten Legends Game

All Stars Coach Wayne Carey has turned to Hollywood for inspiration ahead of his coaching role in the E.J. Whitten Legends Game.

Carey, a dual Premiership Captain and 7 time All-Australian has been warned by All Star Captain Luke Darcy to “dial-back” the intensity ahead of this Friday’s game at Etihad Stadium. But Carey’s ‘Shinboner’ Spirit has taken over, and he has been drawing on the performance of Hollywood legend Al Pacino in “Any Given Sunday” to assist him in delivering his motivational orations to his All Stars team.

North Melbourne has produced a long line of motivational coaches including Barrassi, Kennedy, Blight and Pagan.

The E.J. Whitten Legends Game will be played at Etihad Stadium on Friday 1 September and is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the E.J. Whitten Foundation.

Tickets for the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game are available to purchase via ticketmaster.com.au or afl.com.au/legendsgame or to donate simply click on the donate button on our home page.

  

Brent ‘Boomer” Harvey to join strong Roos contingent in EJ Whitten Legends Game

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos thanks fans after his final Melbourne game.

AFL games record holder Brent “Boomer” Harvey will join a strong contingent of North Melbourne champions lining up in a star-studded EJ Whitten Legends Game on Friday night.
While Wayne Schwass and Martin Pike have played in the charity match previously, all eyes will be on Brent Harvey who returns to Etihad Stadium, where he dominated across 169 outings during his career.
Harvey and Schwass are in the Victorian team, alongside Nick Dal Santo, while Pike is among an All-Stars squad featuring Peter Bell, Cameron Mooney and coach Wayne Carey.

 

EJ Whitten Legends Corporate VIP Event

Join us to celebrate the life of the legendary Ted Whitten and help raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Watch the Legends Game in style on 1 September 2017 by getting tickets to our corporate VIP cocktail pre-game event.

$160 per person

Package includes

  • Premium canapés and drinks
  • Mingle with AFL Legends before the game
  • Live entertainment
  • Reserved seats
  • Smart casual attire, no need for suit & tie
  • Individual tickets available for $160
  • 6pm start, Etihad Stadium, Victory Room

Book now to avoid disappointment

Catch up with your mates before the AFL Finals!  

You have a mate who organises your group, get yourself organised for a fun Friday night out.

Donations to the E.J. Whitten Foundation can save lives

With 3 days remaining until the end of the 2016-17 financial year, you can contribute to the health and well-being of Australian men and Australian families in general by making a tax deductible donation to the E.J. Whitten Foundation.

The Foundation supports men’s health through awareness programs and raising funds towards prostate cancer research and treatment.

Donations to the E.J. Whitten Foundation of $2 or more are tax deductible and any donations made this week can be claimed immediately by donors in their 2016-17 tax return.

Men’s health is an important issue with many men being reluctant to talk about health issues or get a simple health check that includes a check for diabetes, cholesterol level, blood pressure and prostate cancer.

Hundreds of men’s lives have been saved as a result of attending an E.J. Whitten Foundation event and subsequently getting a health check. This has identified a health issue and allowed the men to treat it early and continue to lead a healthy and active life to the fullest extent.

Men have a higher incidence and mortality from all 10 leading cancers that affect both sexes but still men are reluctant to get a simple health check. The Foundation continues to grow awareness and raise funds for research and your help will greatly assist us.

We are calling on philanthropists, corporates, mums and dads to make a tax deductible donation this week to help raise funds for awareness campaigns and research. The beneficiaries will not only be those men whose lives are potentially saved but the kids, partners, family and friends of the men who lead a healthier lifestyle as a consequence.

The E.J. Whitten Foundation has raised over $11 million for men’s health and prostate cancer research. With your help we can grow the Foundation and continue our work on building awareness of men’s health and raising funds for research with the ultimate aim of saving lives and getting Australian men to lead a healthy and full life.

To donate please visit our website www.ejwhittenfoundation.com.au and click on DONATE.

 

Even if you cannot donate at this time, we ask that you use the EOFY as an opportunity to book in an annual health check at your local GP.

For further information please contact the E.J. Whitten Foundation at info@1300whitten.com.au

New ‘magic bullet’ prostate cancer therapy delivers promising results

Gabriella Rogers

Australian doctors are witnessing promising results of a new therapy for men with prostate cancer who’ve tried everything to stop their disease from spreading.

 

The treatment, known as theranostics, offers a more targeted way of mapping and killing cancer cells.

Pivotal to the emerging science is the German discovery of small molecules that are able to latch onto the surface of prostate cancer cells called prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) receptors.

“I call it a tsunami of change for prostate cancer,” Associate Professor Louise Emmett, a nuclear medicine specialist at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Public Hospital, said.

“It has completely changed the way we diagnose prostate cancer in a lot of men and now it’s changing the way we treat them at this very end stage of the disease.”

Boris Kogan, 76, exhausted all treatments, including chemotherapy, after the disease spread to his liver and lungs.

Mr Kogan was eligible for the trial and received injections of a radioactive agent called Lutetium 177, which is bound to a PSMA molecule. This allows it to seek and destroy prostate tumours.

Highly specific PET imaging then gives doctors a birds-eye view of the results.

Mr Kogan’s son-in-law Arthur said the tumours were “disappearing in front of our eyes, it was like science fiction”.

Doctors are equally impressed by the results.

“It’s like a magic bullet,” Dr Emmett said.

“It goes for the target and it stays there, concentrates there and kills those cells.

“Half of the men who get this treatment have a very good response.”

St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre are collaborating on trials for the new therapy.

Dr Emmett and her colleagues recently published a review of the current evidence in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

She said a third of patients on the therapy will get a dry mouth, while some experience nausea.

Mr Kogan said he experienced no issues with the treatment, compared to the gruelling side-effects of chemotherapy.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the western world and it accounts for about 25 percent of all new male cancer cases in Australia.

Dr Emmett said the future of theranostics was bright and she was confident the technology could be used on patients with other cancers.

“We’d definitely be moving with this technology into other cancers, once we find the appropriate receptor,” Dr Emmett said.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/health/2017/05/17/19/29/new-prostate-cancer-therapy-delivers-promising-results#WtBRuLRPRly1yqOR.99

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EJ Whitten Foundation announces new CEO Nick Holland

The EJ Whitten Foundation is proud to announce Nick Holland as our new CEO effective May 1, 2017.

Chairman Peter Burnett said, “we are extremely pleased to have someone of Nick’s calibre join the Foundation as our CEO. Nick brings with him a breadth of sports and professional expertise from his elite playing days with Hawthorn FC, governance, legal, business capability and integrity roles with the Australian Sports Commission and most recently his executive position at Athletics Australia”.

Nick successfully transitioned into a professional career in sports administration following his retirement from AFL in 2005. Most recently Nick has been the Legal Compliance, Governance and Integrity Manager at Athletics Australia and prior to this Manager, Sports Governance & Business Capability at the AIS (Australian Sports Commission). Nick said, “I have been involved with the Foundation and its men’s health awareness promotion for a long time. I am passionate about working with the EJWF team to be the leader in men’s health preventative promotion”.

Ted Whitten said, “I am delighted with Nicks appointment and look forward to working closely with him to take the Foundation to the next level as the leading provider of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness to inspire men and save lives”.

Background
Originally from South Australia, Nick Holland is a former professional AFL player who played 179 games for Hawthorn between 1994 and 2005, serving as Vice Captain between 1999 and 2003. Nick’s connection to the Foundation stems back to his elite playing days and participation in the Legends game on several occasions. His professional credits include;

• Athletics Australia (Jan 2015 – present) – Manager, Legal Compliance, Governance, and Integrity
• Hawthorn Football Club (June 2012 – present) – Committee Member
• Australian Sports Commission (Jul 2013 – Jan 2016) – Manager, Sports Governance & Business Capability at the Australian Sports Commission
• Senior Lawyer, Holding Redlich and Sports lawyer 2007 – 2013

Nick completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sport course at Harvard Business School in 2015, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a Monash University Law Graduate (2006).

The EJ Whitten Foundation (EJWF) was established in 1995 after the early passing of Mr. Football (Ted Whitten Senior) after his long and public battle with Prostate Cancer. The Foundation’s ambition is to be the leader of men’s health awareness, supporting prostate cancer. Our vision is, to inspire men to save lives. This year the Foundation is celebrating its 22-year anniversary and has played a key role in promoting men’s health with more than $11m raised to date. Our origins are rich in the Victorian landscape with the Foundation’s inspiration coming from the great Ted Whitten, who was one of the first high profile males to give a public voice to prostate cancer awareness. Since 1995 the Foundation has passionately raising funds for men’s health and prostate cancer awareness and research.

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