Rick Ladson is a retired AFL player who was selected at no. 16 in the 2001 AFL draft from the Bendigo Pioneers and played his whole professional career with the Hawthorn Football Club.
In 2008 Rick Ladson achieved what every footballer dreams of. He was part of Hawthorn’s Premiership team.
It was an unforgettable moment that Rick was able to spend with his teammates, friends and family.
In 2009 however Rick faced a number of serious challenges. He struggled with various injuries and managed just two matches for the season. Late in the year, he received the devastating news that his father and best mate Barry Ladson had passed away. The following years would prove to be the toughest of Rick’s life.
Ahead of this year’s Beyond Blue Cup between Hawthorn and Sydney, Rick Ladson opens up about the obstacles he had to overcome, including a difficult battle with depression.
He provides a first-hand insight into the challenges faced by athletes today dealing with the pressures of being part of a professional sporting environment, whilst facing heavy public and media scrutiny.
My Life As… Rick Ladson
In this episode of My Life As, we join Rick Ladson and his wonderful family (including pet bird Bluey) in his home town of Bendigo. Rick shares stories about his life on and off the field and the importance of the work beyondblue does to help Australians protect their mental health.
Episode Length: 5:58 minutes
Sport: Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions
Published on July 21, 2017