Amazonia is proud to welcome Shaun Higgins as our newest RawFIT Ambassador. The professional footballer plays for the Geelong Football Club in the AFL. He previously played for the Western Bulldogs from 2006 to 2014 and the North Melbourne Football Club from 2015 to 2020.
Shaun currently lives in Victoria with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Rosie. We sat down with him to find out how his holistic approach to health and wellbeing has evolved throughout his career.
How did you get started in football?
I grew up in Geelong where my Dad played and was involved in football. I played in the under-18 state competition, then in 2005 I was drafted to the Western Bulldogs.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career so far?
Playing in finals are clear memories that stand out in my mind. The energy and atmosphere in the lead-up and during the game is amazing. Individual achievements like being named ‘Best and Fairest’ and ‘All Australians’ are great for family and friends to enjoy but playing finals and building for a premiership is what I love.
How has your approach to nutrition and wellness evolved throughout your life and sporting career?
It has been a great part of my career and I thank football for contributing to the growth in my health and wellness. I see it as a continual journey but what I put in my body and the impact of meditation has become a key part of my preparation. Whilst I’m not vegan, I have moved significantly towards a plant-based diet because I’m very aware of how beneficial it is to my health and its benefits on my health and the environment.
Why do you choose to fuel your body with non-synthetic, plant-based products such as RawFIT?
My holistic approach to my preparation and performance means I am more conscious of the impact food and products have on all of us and the environment. This has filtered through my family and people close to me. It’s also why I’m active in the well-being space and I love to meditate.
How did you become interested in mindfulness? How has the practice made a difference in your personal and professional life?
I was fortunate to meet someone who helped me kickstart my mindfulness journey. It all started when I was suffering from a number of injuries and illnesses. Mindfulness has improved all aspects of my life – both professional and personal.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Imagine the best version of yourself and start to live that.
How do you spend your downtime away from the footy field?
I love to play golf and spend time with family and close friends. I have a 2-year-old girl and twins on the way so quality time with my wife and kids is a priority.
How do you physically and mentally prepare ahead of game day?
My weekly preparation is key to my performance. I make sure I set up my week and tick off everything I need to do physically and mentally so that when game day comes, I can let it all go and just play. I’ve grown to discover that this is how I play my best football.
What does a day on your plate look like before a game?
I always have a big dinner of salmon, salad and veggies the night before a game. Depending on what time the game starts, I’ll have a light salad or a bigger plate of salad and veg if it’s a night game. In my early days, I would drink about 3-5 sports drinks, but now I stick to water.
What is something you want to improve on in 2021?
Understanding the impact of what I eat and drink on my body is something I want to prioritise this year. Investing in my health and wellbeing is really exciting.
What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Embrace the journey, continually strive to be the best version of yourself, and take the time to invest in yourself.