Paddy McCartin

It might spark from a desire to be more. Or a string of doubts. A something-isn’t right feeling. It can be sudden. Or it can come over you like a gradual wave. The path of self-discovery, and acquired strength to triumph over the things that have stopped you from progressing, start here.

Former professional AFL player and number one pick in the 2014 AFL draft, Paddy Mccartin, has transformed by a journey punctuated with a series of life-altering events. Despite living through Type 1 Diabetes for 16 years and 8 concussions that ceased his career in 2019, giving up was never an option.

Founder of the signature Helping Hands Mentoring Program, Paddy moulds mindsets into resilient fortresses of self-belief with relatable, hard-hitting messages. Through the power of shared experience, the initiative drives people of all ages facing Type 1 Diabetes and concussion injuries to achieve their true potential. A unique feature of the holistic program is the additional support provided for family, friends and partners of those affected by illness.

Paddy’s success goes beyond advice-giving and active listening. A moving, motivational force, he drills into the essence of reclaiming your life by the transformative power of communication and forming real relationships, recasting you as a warrior instead of a victim.

The former athlete’s entrepreneurial journey is an influential story in itself.

From 8 years of age when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Paddy searched for answers. During his late teens to early 20’s, Paddy’s intense pursuit of unearthing inner strength and delving deeper into the world of self-improvement sparked a calling to enhance people’s lives, using the power of communication as a driving force to form real relationships.

A string of ventures ensued, including a laundry list of turning points as he conquered 8 concussions throughout his AFL career. From mentoring teens about the pressures of managing Type 1 Diabetes during their delicate youths to unearthing vulnerability in adults who’ve undergone serious concussions, Paddy can reach you where you are.

With Paddy’s ongoing accreditation in a Bachelor of Psychology and professional background, he provides the critical tools necessary for achieving a sense of control over your life.

An asset in the public speaking circuit, his keynotes inspire global audiences to find their sense of purpose.

Paddy reminds us that a health diagnosis or challenge doesn’t define you or the course your life will take. Everyone is capable of an impactful and joyful future. Give yourself the chance to become empowered, accomplished and unstoppable.