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Ben Sigmund enjoying a well-planned life after football

Nov 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Most Popular, News, Sport

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Ben Sigmund talks about life after retiring from professional football.

Retirement hasn’t prevented the All Whites asking Ben Sigmund five times this year to come and play for them.

Sigmund retired at the end of last season and despite not being in the Wellington Phoenix this year he is confident the team can do well.

With exciting new players like Kosta Barbarouses and Marco Rossi coming to the Phoenix, Sigmund wishes that they were in the team when he was playing.

Since retirement Ben has enjoyed going on holiday with his family at Ruapehu and finishing his football career where it started for him at Cashmere Tech in Christchurch.

Sigmund has also set up a business called Fully Committed that works to help give people mentoring and skills he didn’t have growing up.

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Ben Sigmund wore the Wellington Phoenix jersey for eight years.

“I didn’t have anyone teach me anything about life skills or mentor me when things were tough” says Sigmund.

Fully Committed provides a chance for people not just athletes to get mentoring and taught skills and attitudes to help them in their career.

“There are certain skills I think you need as a person and skills that make you a better person.”

For example, recently Sigmund did a presentation on resilience to a girl’s football team that went on to win their league.

Ben believes having a plan B for potential athletes makes them more relaxed on the field because they don’t have to worry as much if their sporting career doesn’t pan out.

“If you have plan B sorted you are a lot more relaxed on the field and that makes you a better player and a better person.

“I knew four years before I retired from the phoenix I found out what I wanted to do and so I started training and I started focusing on that”.

As Sigmund trained with the Wellington Phoenix in his final years he also trained to do professional development.

“I had four of my best years while that was happening and before I retired because I felt really comfortable and knew what I wanted to do”.

Despite being retired the All Whites have come knocking a five times but Ben is quite content with leaving his boots hung up and focusing on his family and his business.

 

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