EP 49 – Sam & Ben O’Dea – NZ’s Beach Volleyball Brothers


“Right from the start mum has always felt that cooking good food for us is something she could do to make a big difference… and it has.”

My guests on the show today are Sam (@sammysawce) and Ben (@benodeaa) O’Dea, New Zealand’s top beach volleyball team, and fresh off a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. The boys also grabbed a third place at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Shepparton, Australia, in 2017.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Intermittent fasting and the benefits for elite athletes travelling the world
  • Why the boys love to cook
  • The job of the sporting mum
  • Sibling rivalry and growing up in the country
  • Life without a dad
  • What the boys see as each other’s strengths
  • The roots of their beach volleyball journey
  • Self-awareness and how it leads to better learning
  • Growing quickly
  • The importance of training culture
  • Physical preparation
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Sam and Ben’s future goals and what it’s going to take to get there

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