Stroke of Luck

Stroke of Luck

Hosted by Paul Fink - a stroke survivor with speech difficulty called Aphasia - Stroke of Luck is a podcast about overcoming adversity, and learning from others about the challenges that life has thrown at them.


December 20, 2021 72 mins

“A great little crack around the ears that I needed”.

Don Elgin is a triple Paralympian, larrikin raconteur, motivational speaker and proud family man. He uses his life experience and dealing with physical disability - he had part of his left leg amputated after birth - to inspire and motivate people to “have a crack.’

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‘To work harder, to want more, is a natural occurrence of me doing something so extreme.”

Find out why ultra-marathon runner, motivational speaker, and world record-breaker Tristan Miller set a running task that almost broke him - and what he learned about himself and giving in the process.

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“The Maxwell motto is Reviresco, which means ‘I rise up”.

Jim Maxwell is a veteran sports broadcaster and cricket author. He suffered a stroke live on air while covering the 2016 Olympics. Jim talks to Paul about his positive mindset and sense of humour, which aided his return to the microphone.

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“Gambling for me was a bandaid for a lot of hurt that I was suffering.”

David Schwarz is a former AFL footballer, reformed gambler and radio host. He talks openly about the tragic death of his father when David was a boy, a series of serious knee injuries, and overcoming his gambling addiction.

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“I can see green shoots of progress, but really we have a long way to go”.

Graeme Innes is a lawyer, company director and is the former Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner. In episode 3 of Stroke of Luck, he discusses his passion for people not being limited by their diversity and his lifelong work towards a fairer society.

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“The 18th of December 2017 … it changed our life forever.”

Michael Klinger is a retired Australian cricketer who played at the highest level for two decades. Off the field, his life was touched by adversity. He speaks about his wife’s health battles, losing his mum and how those challenges compare to life on the sporting field.

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November 8, 2021 74 mins

“I can’t advocate enough for the power of the mind.”

Alisa Camplin is Australia's first female Winter Olympic gold medallist. In this first episode of Stroke of Luck, she shares insights about resilience learned from her sporting career, business and after the loss of her first son Finnan.

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November 2, 2021 2 mins

In Stroke of Luck, host and stroke survivor Paul Fink is on a mission to learn about how we overcome adversity. He knows a thing or two about it. In 2014, he had a serious stroke that left him on life support. Now, the father-of-three wants to know how others cope with the challenges life puts in front of them and how they are shaped by adversity.

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