Jason ’Dizzy’ Gillespie – Former Aus. Cricketer, Sussex and South Aus. Redbacks Head Coach

September 21, 2020

A fantastic insight into the cricketing story of Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie. From the cricket obsessed young boy in Sydney right the way through to leaving his mark on English county cricket and returning to be Head Coach back in South Australia.

Dizzy shares some brilliant insights into how he became the cricketer he did, the key influences along the way and how and why they helped him and also the approach and philosophy he now takes as a Head Coach into building performance teams and cultures in cricket.

True to form Jason shares his story in the most genuine and humble way – yet with a real steeliness, determination, and ambition.

This is a must listen to conversation if you are parent, coach, sports fan or even a business leader interested in performance and learning environments. There is something in here for everyone!

Beware – there is no mention of that extremely high batting score he made as a night watchman in his final test!


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Success Quote or sayings:

  • Give yourself the best chance
  • When injured or down, plan the pathway back
  • Leave no stone unturned
  • Give myself the very best chance
  • All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough
  • Hard work and smart work never goes away
  • If you are going to do something g – do it properly
  • Make the best decisions you can as often as you can


Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Two Lengths of the Pool: Sometimes the simplest ideas have the greatest impact by Simon Hartley 


3 ingredients for a top performing culture

Open to learning and being adaptable


No whinging


How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Have a plan – prepare physically as this helps you prepare mentally

Build up a bank of evidence by preparing to the best of my ability


Who has made a big impact on you?

My late farther (his work ethic, his positivity)

Jeff Hammond

John Buchanan

Mark Taylor

Steve Waugh

Glen Mcgrath (matter of fact and his self belief)


Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Roger Federer


Coaching questions I would like to pose:


Who is the person or persons in your life that have or currently show unwavering belief in you – how do they do this?


The theme of importance of trust came through in the conversation…

What is your relationship with ‘trust’? Do you trust others until it is broken or do people have to earn your trust in advance?


Contact info:

Contact hello@sportstories247.com if you would like to make contact with Jason or contact him via the following

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