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Episode 116 - Grant Atkins

January 18, 2019

 

My special guest is Grant Atkins. Grant is an NRL referee who has officiated in over 200 NRL first grade games. He has been to two World Cups in 2013 and 2017, was a touch judge in State of Origin in 2013 while he also hosts The View from the Middle Podcast which features the stories of sports officials from around Australia.

 

 

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TIME STAMPS & TOPICS
4:23 – Welcome Grant Atkins

5:18 – Insights into the NRL offseason

5:58 – Self development

6:51 – NRL debut ages

8:18 – Social media

9:24 – Culture of Rugby League vs Rugby Union

13:45 – Abuse of officials

14:28 – Backstory of the Atkins & the Parramatta Eels

16:55 – Graeme Atkins & the 1981 Grand Final

18:10 – How he found refereeing

20:33 – Stepping outside his comfort zone

21:59 – Memories from his first State of Origin

24:22 – Dealing with the criticism

26:14 – Rewards of the job

27:30 – Advice from the Gavin Badger

28:42 – Coaching

29:26 – Development through the grades

31:23 – Changes to his work ethic

36:12 – Michael Maguire

38:50 – Rebounding from a bad game in Brisbane

42:33 – Accessing your performance

44:21 – Setting your goal as a referee in an individual pursuit

46:10 – The leadership group in the NRL refs

47:35 – Lessons from Ben Cummins

50:15 – Gavin Reynolds

51:25 – Being a role model

53:33 – What made him do extra study at Uni

56:17 – NRL touch judge first grade debut in Canberra

59:42 – First NRL refereeing game and his connection to Parramatta

1:02:18 – World Cup 2013

1:10:10 – First head ref – Sharks vs Panthers

1:13:39 – Examples of training specifics under fatigue

1:16:00 – Preparation for a game

1:18:23 – Meditation

1:21:29 – Why they call him Joey

1:22:51 – Best referee outside of the current squad his seen

1:25:17 – Biggest influence on his career

1:27:09 – Favourite ground to referee at

1:31:57 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

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