A chat with Sydney Sixers basic supervisor Jodie Hawkins earlier than the Massive Bash season satisfied him to play on. O’Keefe was so impressed by the dialog he has urged extra sporting organisations to make use of feminine CEOs because of the empathy Hawkins confirmed him throughout a few of his darkest days.
“It’s onerous to be that clear in NSW as a result of I simply do not suppose, on that private stage, they understood you,” he mentioned.
“You will be actually clear with [Jodie] and inform her how you are feeling and say, ‘look, I’ve received reservations about this’.
“I genuinely suppose that Jodie and ladies as CEOs make higher CEOs as a result of they have that empathy.
“They have that understanding and that nature about them, which it does really feel like you may go in and be your self round them and that is simply so necessary.”
O’Keefe additionally gave credit score to Sixers coach Greg Shipperd for his return. Earlier than the season began, O’Keefe mentioned he was “battling”.
“[Shipperd] simply mentioned, ‘whether or not you carry out, whether or not you go OK, or whether or not you go poorly, there shall be no judgment from his finish, let’s simply preserve checking in day-in, day-out’,” he mentioned.
“As a result of I have been sacked, I am not all fired up and able to go on the market and play. I am simply grateful for the chance that I can are available and play with a bunch of excellent mates and beneath this organisation, which I feel will get me as a participant and as an individual.”
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.