• Georgia Musolino

Top Movember sports stars who are men's health advocates

With November heralding both the beginning of the Spring Racing Carnival and of Movember, it is set to be, as always, a month of fashion extremes.

Every year, men and women around the world engage in activities aimed at raising awareness and money for the Movember Foundation. So far, Movember participants have raised more than $710 million towards over 1,200 initiatives focussed on men's health, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Many sporting bodies, including the AFL and Cricket Australia, are committed to supporting the Foundation, and some of the biggest and most infamous mos have come from famous sports stars.

Today, through PickStar, you can book many of these mustachioed athletes for your Movember event. Take your Movember campaign to the next level with an athlete ambassador. Find out how it works and start browsing stars.

Whether they're passionate about men's health, advocates for mental health or have battled cancer themselves, sports stars are guaranteed to elevate your Movember event or initiative.

Here's PickStar's top Movember athletes.

Top picks

Sam Rowe

St Kilda footballer Sam Rowe is a huge advocate in the men's health space, having missed his first senior football season with Collingwood in 2012 after being diagnosed and treated for testicular cancer. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and went on to debut in the AFL in 2013. Today, Sam is a Movember ambassador and extremely passionate about spreading awareness on maintaining good mental and physical health. He particularly stresses the importance of men taking the time to regularly check for any signs of testicular cancer.

Robbie Gray

Port Power superstar Robbie Gray was also diagnosed with testicular cancer at the end of 2017. However, the legend was determined to return in his usual top form, and made a full recovery to play again in 2018. This experience has lead to Robbie emerging as a leader in the promotion of men's health, with the star awarded the role of SA Health's Men's Health Ambassador in 2018. In this role Robbie provides a wealth of information and advice on fitness, nutrition, smoking, drinking responsibly, immunisation and more.

Athletes who have overcome cancer

Matthew Wade

The international cricket sensation is a testament to the power of self-belief and resilience. After a knock to his groin to a football match, a doctor's visit lead to Matthew being diagnosed with testicular cancer. At 16, Matthew underwent two cycles of chemotherapy to tackle the illness and came back stronger than ever.

Tyson Edwards

In November 2009, former AFL star and 300-gamer Tyson Edwards was diagnosed with testicular cancer. However, it wasn't until March 2011 that Tyson revealed his battle publicly. After surgery to remove the tumour, Tyson faced a huge physical and mental battle. He described his final year with the Adelaide Crows as his 'year from hell', which ultimately lead to him retiring from AFL halfway through the 2010 season. He has since worked on raising awareness of testicular cancer amongst men and boys.

Advocates for men's health

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is one of Australia's leading accredited exercise physiologists and men's health professionals. He has previously been heavily involved in the Movember Foundation, along with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Leukaemia Foundation, Beyond Blue, Top Blokes Foundation and Black Dog Institute! To top off his long list of achievements, Joshua has also founded two community men's health initiatives, 'It's a Blokes Lunch' and 'Blokes Health Australia'.

Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei

Soa Palelei has become a notable spokesperson on men's mental health, having overcome his own mental health challenges across his career. The mixed martial artist and former UFC heavyweight is now a regular guest speaker who aims to break the stigma around men's mental health and explore how working away from home can affect one's mental wellbeing. He is also a mental health ambassador for mining contractor Macmahon Holdings.

Dane Bird-Smith

Dane Bird-Smith is heavily involved in mental health, being a passionate Lifeline Mental Health Ambassador and one of 21 elite athletes who are Lifeline Community Custodians. These roles intend to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of suicide and mental illness to encourage vulnerable people to seek help. The Track and Field Olympian achieves this through attending community events and sharing his insights and stories on mental health, resilience, and hope.

Male athletes who are official Movember Ambassadors for 2019

PickStar's marketplace also includes 8 other 2019 Movember Ambassadors who would be perfect for a Movember-related event or opportunity! These include:

Sam Rowe and Adam Tomlinson with David Myers, Joshua Bruce and Kamdyn McIntosh at the 2018 launch of Movember (source: Instagram, @myersy23)

Now is the time to book a sports star for Movember!

In additional to these athletes PickStar has over 1000 other male athletes on its marketplace, so the perect fit won't be hard to find.

PickStar is easy, fast and works with ANY idea, ANY budget, ANYWHERE in Australia! Get started here. Article originally published October 21, 2019.

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