Crucial New Role For Busy Bremner
Sam Bremner rings NRL.com in the car between running her own gym and heading to a business meeting to discuss her own apparel range. She's been up since 5am.
She's already trained two classes, she's about to get on a conference call to a business manager in the United States and hasn't even done her own training yet. That session is to come, before returning to her gym to run more classes.
She'll get up and do it all again in the morning, before going to play footy.
The Jillaroos fullback lives her life how she plays on the field: full of energy, fast-paced, enthusiastic and inspiring all those who come across her.
It's a hectic schedule, but when the opportunity came up to become an NRL State of Mind ambassador she didn't hesitate to take on another commitment.
Bremner hasn't been affected by mental health issues, but that was all the more reason to learn as much as she could to educate herself so that she could help others.
"I was doing voluntary stuff, going to gala days as a Jillaroo trying to promote the sport, that was before we had the exposure that we have now and trying to promote the women's game," Bremner tells NRL.com.
"I'm very passionate about health and fitness, not just the physical component. Trying to show people and teach people how to be happy and how to be resilient and have a balanced life.
"I've learnt so much and am passionate about helping people. I'm very fortunate that I've never had a mental illness but that is all the more reason for me to get educated to find out what the signs are, what a mental illness is and I can share that with others so I can help other people."
Helping other people has become Bremner's life calling.
She runs 21 classes a week at her own gym BCC. The motto 'believe, commit, conquer' is something Bremner has lived and breathed.
Since making her debut for NSW in 2011 and the Jillaroos in 2012, Bemner has become a household name in rugby league. The evolution of the women's game, Australia's World Cup win in 2013 and the added exposure of television coverage and the NRL Auckland Nines has given Bremner and her fellow players a platform that once seemed a fantasy.
It is why Bremner is a perfect fit to be a part of the NRL's 30 State of Mind ambassadors.
"We have a great group of ambassadors with plenty of different backgrounds and experience and I think that is key," she continues.
"Mental health can affect anyone at any time, so having this diverse group of people as ambassadors helps deliver the message and also helps reach different audiences with our message.
"We did mental health workshops and a mental health first aid certificate. The NRL are very conscious of the fact that the ambassadors need to be as educated as possible so we can make a real difference.
"We go around clubs and communities and we speak about their communities and mental health and where people can get help, how they can get help and help others and break down the stigma that it is not a bad thing to have a mental illness. It's just like having a broken bone, it can be healed.
Bremner is preparing to play for NSW in the Women's Interstate Challenge, hoping to retain the trophy that took NSW 17 long years to win.
There is also a small matter of defending the World Cup at the end of the season.
But for now, Bremner's focus is on helping others, mentally and physically.
"Over three quarters of any physical activity is the mentality you have," Bremner says.
"I mention it every session to my clients and how to become strong minded.
"The more you practice, the stronger and better you become. I definitely see myself venturing my career into helping the Jillaroos in motivation and mental health and the psychological side of fitness when I stop playing."
This article first appeared on NRL.com