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THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST 

SEASON 2, EPISODE 08

THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST talks to JANA PITTMAN

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Summary –

Jana Pittman, a world champion athlete, chats with Andrew Purdie about her extraordinary life. Jana gives listeners an in depth look into her life growing up under the light as she worked her way up the ranks as a young athlete. Through winning world championships and gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, Jana experienced great success in her career. Jana’s vulnerability is felt deeply, as she shares the highest of her highs, and the lowest of her lows, and how great media coverage impacted her mental and emotional health, as well as her struggles in eating disorders, physical injuries, and physical health journey. Without shying from details, Jana gives insight into her divorces, having 6 children, and living life as a busy mother, all whilst pursuing her career as a doctor. Andrew explores Jana’s heart to use her reputation, name and platform to advocate for the topics and issues that are traditionally taboo such as post-birth trauma and injuries, women’s health, and her fertility journey.

Key Topics & Chapter Markers –

  • Jana’s achievements and recognitions, childhood for Jana, life as a young athlete, life under the spotlight [00:24]
  • The impact the media and Jana’s career had on her mental, physical and emotional health,  injuries before and during Olympic games, marriages and divorces, winning gold medals [24:30]
  • Being a mother of 6 children, failing her medical exam, current marriage, life as a doctor, being SAS Australia, working in and advocating for women’s health, upcoming adventures [48:16]

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