Kicking the Stigma: Jackson Clark on The World In Social

Staff Writer

Northern Territory radio presenter and freelance sports journalist Jackson Clark was a special guest on the ninth episode of The World In Social podcast with Chris Rieger.

The Mix 104.9 Darwin host is on a mission to play at least one game of football in each state in the one season as part of the #itaintweaktospeak campaign – an initiative raising awareness around mental health issues.

The 23-year-old has conducted social media campaigns throughout his journey to encourage coaches, players and supporters of football clubs to seek help when they’re in a funk.

“I’ve had a fair bit of interest from football clubs that’ve seen what I’ve been doing on social media,” Clark told Rieger. “It has taken quite a bit of organisation but most of the hard stuff is over.”

So far, Clark has pulled on the jumpers of three separate teams across three states and territories: Coolangatta Blues in QLD, Coffs Breakers in NSW and Gungahlin Jets in the AFL Canberra competition.

“The beauty of involving football clubs in this project is that we are able to reach such a broad demographic of people – both genders, all ages and different cultural backgrounds – in what is stereotypically a macho environment.”

Former Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff and several other high-profile professional athletes including UFC Middleweight fighter Rob Whittaker are actively supporting the campaign, with many others taking to social media to promote the cause.

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