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The Responsibilty of our Media 05 Oct 2014

Following on from my blog last week, Racism in Cricket, I was astonished to see the front page of The Bulletin (Gold Coast Newspaper) this week. Although it has a tiny readership and is an insignificant publication in international terms, I found their front page headline to be very disturbing! Tony Abbott, the current Australian Prime Minister, was pictured beside a burqa clad Muslim lady with the headline.....

Racism in Cricket 29 Sep 2014

It is an interesting fact that what we read in the media in some way shapes us. Our views are largely formed by the views of the media and how they present the information to us. For a long time I have sat by and listened to the uproar that the media creates every time a person is called a name pertaining to their race on a sports field. Straight away we all jump on it as racist and condemn the individual, electronically throwing rocks at them and herding them into a corner, when a response...

Andrew Flintoff Pro Debut by Adam Hollioake 29 Nov 2012

I must have been asked a thousand questions already about Andrew Flintoff turning professional at boxing. Is it a publicity stunt? Will he win? Will I fight him? Can he do it? Why are 2 cricketers turning pro at boxing? Did he copy you? I have barely answered one question and the next is fired at me….So I thought the best thing to do was write a blog that might help people understand the inner thoughts of athletes and what ma...

The Kevin Pieterson Debacle by Adam Hollioake 08 Oct 2012

I wrote on twitter last night and was bombarded with responses…way more than usual and this prompted me to write a blog. It was obvious that this was a topic that’s important to people and has wide & varying opinions.The topic of course is Kevin Pieterson and his omission from the England set up. The tweet I put out was that I felt Kevin Pieterson shouldn't be ...

Team vs Individual by Adam Hollioake 27 May 2012

I don’t feel qualified to talk about much in life…there are so many people out there with serious intelligence and qualifications in all manner of things that I cant even spell little own understand. However one thing I feel qualified to speak about is being a professional athlete….I am in the rare but fortunate position of  having been a professional...

Fighting Fit by Adam Hollioake 16 May 2012

For those of you who aren’t aware I have had a busy 6 months or so… I have turned professional at boxing and MMA and had my first fight on the 13th April….I snuck a win after my opponent was unable to continue…Unfortunately it wasn’t due to my awesome boxing skills, but rather my unfeasibly hard head…I was caught with a big right hand late in...

Clarity from Adversity by Adam Hollioake 23 Apr 2012

As a lot of you will have noticed in the media my family had some bad luck last week…My folks place was rolled last Tues night and pretty much every piece of England playing kit my brother had possessed was amongst the spoils…I received a phone call from my mother to inform me what had happened. Whilst being disappointed that my brother’s gear had been swiped, it was the pain in my mother...

Doing it For Me & the Old Boys by Adam Hollioake 24 Jan 2012

I am not sure if any of you are aware but I am starting a new career as an MMA fighter. I have told limited people so far and to be honest the reaction I have met has been anything but supportive. Why? Well MMA is an unknown activity for most people, they see people getting round with cuts and bruises and immediately think that it is an activity for thugs. Well I guess I’m in a fortunate position in having done several sports and this will be the 2nd that I have been professional at a...

Me and My Financial Position by Adam Hollioake 07 Dec 2011

For those of you not aware, recently I was declared bankrupt. Although if you happen to live on the Gold Coast the chances of you having missed this is virtually impossible. As exciting as the news is, I cant believe there was nothing better to put on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin on Christmas Day! All I will say is that I am trying to avoid a certain big fat dude with a white beard and red suit who may not be very happy about me stealing the limelight on his big day ;-)
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Save Test Cricket? Save Yourself! by Adam Hollioake 05 Dec 2011

I was asked recently to join a petition to try to save Test Cricket and whilst my initial reaction was “yes of course I will”, on deeper reflection I have come to the conclusion that “no I won’t”. I am sure this will have most of you up in arms. But before you burn me at the stake, hear me out.
Do I think Test Cricket is the best form of the game? Undoubtedly yes! Do I hope the game survives? “Absolutely” But….not in its current format....

Match Fixing...There is more to it by Adam Hollioake 06 Nov 2011

I have quietly observed the latest proceedings on match fixing over the last few weeks but have been doing so quite closely since 1997 where I was approached by an illegal bookmaker in Sharjah whilst captaining the England cricket team. Whilst my story has been written about, my thoughts on the whole matter remain solely in my head.
I am aware how strongly people feel about their sport and no one is more of a sport fanatic than myself...

Momentum by Adam Hollioake 27 Aug 2011

Whilst watching the recent test series between England and India and having watched and played cricket for 30 years I struggled to work out what was transpiring before me....Not the fact that England were winning, but more the way they were winning so easily... Here was one of the greatest batting line ups ever assembled in the history of test cricket, the number 1 team in the world and very recent winners of the 2011 World Cup, surely not even th...

Protect Your Kids!!! 30 Jun 2011

Recently I had a huge shock when my eldest child Bennaya came to me with her computer (a requirement for school) and asked what was going on with this man who was quite clearly having sexual intercourse with a woman on the computer screen. To say I was embarrassed and angry would be an understatement. I have relayed this story to my friends and most have their own horror stories involving the internet and gaming and social media sites, probably the most disturbin...

It's Another Crazy Bet 01 Jun 2011

I have made some ridiculous bets in my time, most of the time it is not monetary bets. Monetary bets don't have the same appeal as a sacrifice. Back in 2004 I had a bet with Nadeem Shahid that I would score a 100 before he would... We agreed to grow moustaches which couldn't be shaved off until we had completed a hundred. I have been known to be very calculating with my gambling and am quite renowned for taking o...

My Fight Night by Adam Hollioake 31 May 2011

Hi guys as you will be aware I had a fight last Saturday night, I had been in hard training (well as hard as an unfit 40 year old can train anyway) for nearly 8 weeks. I have been asked on almost too many occasions to count, "Why would you want to fight?" Well there is a very simple answer and a whole host of deep answers to this. Firstly and most simply I love fighting, I am not sure why or how this came about ...

Adam Hollioake Creator of TV Series "Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete" 29 May 2011

Adam Hollioake Creator of TV Series "Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete"


When I am asked what have I done since retiring there are a couple of things I have spent my time on, namely from a charitable front the properties Cricket Challenge and Battle of the Stars, both which were created to help local charities in Queensland. However the one thing very few people are aware of is that I was the creator of Australia's Greatest Athlete that airs on channel ...

Adam Hollioake Social Media Links 20 May 2011

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Splitting Captains Part 1 By Adam Hollioake 15 May 2011

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I have made some ridiculous bets in my time, most of the time it is not monetary bets. Monetary bets don't have the same appeal as a sacrifice. Back in 2004 I had a bet with Nadeem Shahid that I would score a 100 before he would... We agreed to grow moustaches which couldn't be shaved off until we had completed a hundred. I have been known to be very calculating with my gambling and am quite renowned for taking on bets that I know I can win. In 2004 I have to admit to having had a cheeky look at the fixture list and I saw we were up against Oxford University first game of the season, I felt comfortable that I would get a 100 and that was my reason for taking the bet....Well things didn't go quite as I had hoped and my early season form could only be described as terrible! I didn't get my 100 against Oxford and the pressure mounted....Well I was in a bad way but poor Nadeem Shahid couldn't even get a game, the 2nd XI kept getting called off for rain and other reasons prevented him from even getting a bat. Well press day is annually at the end of April and I was sure I would have gotten rid of my moustache by then, well history will show that I hadn't

 

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Adam Hollioake with magnificent Moustache

 

Eventually I came up against Middlesex and actually played fairly well.....until I got to 90......I have to say I was not someone who normally suffered from the nervous 90s but this wasn't a normal situation, my vanity was at stake! I took about an hour to get from 90 to 100 and when I finally did my celebrations were reminiscent of Michael Slater's when he scored his memorable hundred at Lords! I wasn't usually a big celebrator but I have to say that I hammed it up that day!


So what of Nadeem? Well poor guy, he kept his til June and I even had phone calls from his wife begging me to call the bet off, she reckons he was getting funny looks walking down the street and it was affecting his confidence....Unfortunately a bet is a bet and you always pay up, so unfortunately for Nadeem his moustache was right up there with Magnum PI and David Boons by the time he eventually got to shave it off!


Well I have been at it again and have taken on the bet of getting down to 90kgs. I started at 106kgs and got down to 99kgs for my fight. So basically I have got to lose the lions share of 10kg in 2 weeks! Who are my betting pals? Well Stephen Ng the owner of Matrix Boxing Gym in Southport (on the Gold Coast) is also my trainer and the Southport's equivalent of myself when it comes to making ridiculous bets! Well he has picked on myself and Jason Roebig the owner of Axis Gym (which shares the same building as Matrix) Jason is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master and is a student of Rickson Gracie arguably the greatest exponent of the art of all time.

Stephen has set the weights, Stephen and Jason have to get down to 77kgs, which is a tough ask as they are both solid guys who walk around in the mid eighty's. My goal is also tough and as we speak I can see that they think I am not going to make the weight......I told them tonight, you don't know me yet, I will never give up...But I have to admit to being slightly concerned by having to drop this weight.

Why am I so concerned, well when you hear the forfeit you will understand why! Anyone who doesn't make their weight has to shave an eyebrow off! Wow that is bad! I have had both my eyebrows all my life and can't imagine what it would be like to only have 1! The ribbing and mind games have started! I just need to find the old Adam Hollioake and get training hard!


I will keep you informed and will definitely post photos if one of the boys loses an eyebrow, and will go on a holiday for about long enough as it takes an eyebrow to grow ;-)

 

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Adam Hollioake