Paul hid his epilepsy for years as he moved on to work as a soccer commentator. But his secret was revealed in the most public way possible – he had a seizure while broadcasting a live interview in 2001. Shortly after he underwent brain surgery to stop the seizures. The invasive treatment involved removing a piece of Paul’s brain the size of two matchboxes. Since the successful operation, he hasn’t had a seizure, although his short-term memory has been affected. Paul who now works as a motivational speaker and sports commentator, credits Epilepsy Action Australia with providing invaluable support through his ordeal. He takes every opportunity to raise the profile of epilepsy and our organisation.
Mia has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, Mossman Prize, Portia Geach, Waverley Art Prize, and Salon Des Refuses. Her work has been exhibited and collected enthusiastically Australia-wide and internationally. She hopes as an Epilepsy Action Australia ambassador to bring about more awareness and break down some of the existing stigmas.
She has received many awards including from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Australasian Neuroscience Society, as well as holding a NARSAD Young Investigator award. In 2015 Caitlin joined the New York Academy of Sciences as a Program Manager for the Life Sciences Discussion Groups and is still employed there today. Caitlin is an advocate of Epilepsy Action Australia and an ambassador for people living with epilepsy. She has contributed directly to EAA as a Director of its Board from March 2008 until October 2011 and is currently our representative and ambassador in New York.
At 16, she began having generalised seizures after suffering a blow to the head while playing basketball. Now 27, she has been seizure-free for 11 years. Shelby is passionate about Mental Health and Wellbeing and having a positive impact on Mental Health in today’s society. She is also a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, an Accredited Extended DISC Consultant and Trainer, and a Mindset & Self Leadership Specialist who coaches and mentors individual clients and teams through 1:1 Coaching, Team Training Seminars and Workshops.
Jyotsana describes herself as motivated and determined, consistently striving towards goals in her life not only as an athlete, but also in her previous work as an interior architect. In 2016, she decided to follow another goal and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science specialising in osteopathic medicine at Victoria University. Over the years Jyotsana has competed in triathlon and ironman events, and in 2014 was selected to represent Australia at the ITU World Championship Long Course Triathlon in Weihai, China. Jyotsana has recently embarked on some overseas cycling trips to Europe, New Zealand, Mauritius and Vietnam, where she’s travelled solo with just a backpack on her back. Whilst juggling university with a pretty strict training regime, Jyotsana enjoys squeezing in time for family and friends, and some of Melbourne’s finest art, design and food!
Mark is a former Penrith second row forward, and a state and national representative player. Since retiring from the sport in 2000, he has made a name for himself in the media including becoming part of the Triple M on-air team and as a regular panellist on a number of NRL television shows on free-to-air and Fox Sports. In 2000, Mark was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league. In 2013 he received an Order Of Australia medal for ‘service to the sport of Rugby League football, and to the community through a range of charitable organisations’. Mark and his wife Meagan have five children.