Joe Williams

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu First Nations man, born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Having lived 15 years as a professional athlete, Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Despite forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bipolar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness. Joe's autobiography Defying The Enemy Within has been published in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.