Car-crash tackles at lightning pace, brutal hits and extreme physical exertion in all weathers; rugby league is an unforgiving sport. It's a battle between player and opponent, whilst the demons inside your body are screaming at you that every sinew is in pain. Show weakness and the opposition has an edge over you. You've already lost and you've also let your teammates down. Don't, and just maybe you can experience the best the sport has to offer and the adulation of thousands of supporters. Danny Sculthorpe epitomised what being a tough, no-nonsense player was all about. Released by Leeds and Warrington before he'd even become a man, he revitalised his career at Rochdale. Then came the big money move to Wigan and the highs and lows of a cup final before he was unceremoniously dumped by a coach he thought had his back. Spells at Castleford, Wakefield and Huddersfield followed until he landed at one of the most storied clubs in the world - Bradford Bulls. But agony struck. After beating countless injuries - and type one diabetes - over a long career that saw him captain his country, a simple training ground accident cost him his livelihood and almost his life.Forced onto the scrapheap with many years ahead of him, depression followed alongside an addiction to medication and sleeping tablets.
Worse was to follow as money troubles finally came home to roost, leaving one of the toughest players ever to play the game to contemplate suicide. Highs, Lows and Hypos is an incredible story of being a sportsman at the top of your game to someone who came acutely close to losing everything. It's how one man battled his black, emotional state to become an inspiration for all.
Danny Sculthorpe is a former Super League prop forward who not only played close to 250 games at the highest level but also captained his country. After injury and mismanagement forced him to retire, he suffered from depression and very nearly took his own life. Danny is now using his personal experience of injury, depression and life as a sportsman to educate others through the State of Mind organisation, where he brings highly credible and powerful insights into responding to adversity. He also works with the Rugby Football League as a member of the independent disciplinary panel and delivers important wellbeing and life skills messages to all levels of the game.