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AUS Rugby League Player in UK

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About me

  • Rugby league
  • Rugby
  • Manly Sea Eagles
  • St Helens R.F.C.
  • Indigenous All Stars
  • Canberra Raiders
  • St George Illawarra Dragons


You can book Joel for Virtual Appearances, Workshops, Skills Clinics or Guest Speaking for Schools, Community or Corporates from anywhere in the world. 

He’s also available for requests for Brand Ambassadorships, Marketing Campaigns and more in Great Britain & Australia.


Joel Thompson is an accomplished and highly respected Australian professional rugby league footballer having played 12 years in the National Rugby League (NRL). 

Joel signed (October 2020) a two year contract with 2020 Championship Winners, St Helens R.F.C. in the Betfred Super League which is the highest the top tier competition for rugby league in Great Britain.

The last club he played for in Australia was the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League and he also represented the National Indigenous All-Stars from 2010-2020, having the honour of captaining the team in 2020.


Joel developed the Mindset Project in 2012 after discovering his passion in helping others through his own journey and transformation, beginning with his first workshops for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre in Canberra and growing into delivering countless more throughout regional and metro corporates and schools.

He’s also got a very engaged social media following on Instagram but has worked hard and is now seen as an inspirational thought leader in the mental health space on LinkedIn.


Having grown-up in a remote community in NSW around domestic violence, unstable housing, and drug and alcohol abuse, his resulting self-destructive behaviour threatened to destroy his professional rugby career and personal relationships. He found himself struggling with his mental health over the years, even at the height of his success.

After a breakdown in 2011, Joel finally sought professional help. Taking the opportunity to address his demons, and through a lot of personal development work, he managed to develop the mindset he needed to reshape his own path, and the resilience to deal with setbacks. As a result of his hard work, his passion to help, and his personal understanding of a tough upbringing, Joel has been invited to share his journey with many schools, sports clubs, cultural and business organisations over the last 8 years.

Through these speaking experiences, Joel has developed his inspiring Mindset Project. The Mindset Project is a mental-health and motivational initiative started by Thompson, which aims to help people develop a positive view of their potential and make life choices that promote growth and wellbeing. 

In the words of the Mindset Project: We call it the Mindset Project because together, we work to break down what creates a mindset and develop strategies to build a healthier one for the future. And like any project, people need to be equipped with the skills and techniques required to take on challenges, work harder and develop resilience.


Based in

  • North West

Available in

  • North West
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Australia

Available for

  • Birthday party appearance
  • Attend an event
  • Record a video message
  • Deliver a speech
  • Team announcement (captain, awards etc.)
  • Message for specific person
  • Club or event promotion
  • Video Q&A
  • Guest speaking
  • Product launch


On Saturday night, I booked Joel Thompson for my headspace Charity Dinner Event. Joel was AMAZING and was the talk of the room due to his speech, which was totally unscripted and without notes. I had almost every person in the room coming up to me throughout the night and afterwards to let me know how well they felt he did. He honestly assisted the night very well. Joel exceeded expectations and would love to use him for future events I organise.
Jake - Headspace Charity