A chat with Sydney Sixers common 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 as a result of empathy Hawkins confirmed him throughout a few of his darkest days.
“It’s exhausting to be that clear in NSW as a result of I simply do not assume, on that non-public stage, they understood you,” he mentioned.
“You might be actually clear with [Jodie] and inform her how you’re feeling and say, ‘look, I’ve obtained reservations about this’.
“I genuinely assume 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 possibly can go in and be your self round them and that is simply so vital.”
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 can be no judgment from his finish, let’s simply maintain 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 fine mates and underneath this organisation, which I feel will get me as a participant and as an individual.”
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.