Steph Cooke

2024 Fair Dinkum Men's Retreat At Wyangala Dam With Dr John Best

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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The exciting annual Fair Dinkum Men’s retreat at Wyangala dam is taking place from 22-24th March, 2024.

This year, the speaker will be Dr John Best (15 years as Wallabies and NRL physician to elite athletes). John will be talking from a Christian perspective about the interplay between our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

John enjoys a number of areas in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He has considerable experience working with elite athletes. This includes almost 15 years involvement with the Australian Rugby Union, incorporating a decade serving as the Australian Team (Wallabies) team physician, which included the victorious 1999 Rugby World Cup. His other roles with Australian Rugby included Medical Director, Sports Science Consultant (High-Performance Unit), Tournament Medical Officer for Rugby World Cup 2003 and Australian representative on International Rugby Board’s Medical Advisory and Anti-doping Committees addressing player safety and well-being.

John and his family completed a working sabbatical in London which involved working with professional sports clubs. This included the English Premier League Football, Professional Rugby Union and Super-League teams. It also included medical care of the victorious Southern Hemisphere Rugby Team.

John has served on Football Australasia’s High-Performance Committee and is currently on the National Rugby League’s (NRL) Medical Advisory Panel. He was Tournament Medical Officer for the 2020 NRL ‘Nines’. He also acts as a medical consultant for the Australian Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

John is especially passionate about helping men be better through the interplay between our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Date of retreat: FRI 22 – SUN 24 MARCH, AT WYANGALA DAM
Cost and accommodation: Information will be on the website

More information and to register go to to ensure your place.

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