Meet Our Team

Tom Barrass – West Coast Eagle

Having played AFL for over 10 years, I have asked a lot of my body and mind. I had seen the science on the benefits of CBD, but was unable to access it because of anti doping requirements. Now CBD FORCE’s BSCG batch tested CBD allows me to access better sleep, lower inflammation and better recovery, without the risk of testing positive.

Brad Lacey – Australian Rugby Union player

I have recently retired from professional rugby, having played for over 10 years. Contact sports and my body have not always seen eye to eye. Throughout my career, I was plagued with injury after injury, having multiple surgeries, concussion issues, and countless days struggling with pain and overall health and performance issues. I have longed for a natural solution to assist with my day to day activities. Unfortunately, having abused my body with constant physical activities, and a lack of accessibility for these natural options, I would resort to the use of painkillers on a daily basis. Linking up with like minded athletes, has brought our vision of creating a CBD oil in Australia, come to life. The thought of being able to provide a safer alternative solution for athletes to consume and thrive from the physical and mental benefits, brings me excitement knowing we are changing the game.

Mike Neill – Physio at Western Force

Over the many years I have worked in professional sport, I have seen countless athletes struggle with pain, chronic injuries and the detrimental effects of stress and anxiety on their overall health and performance. Inspired by feedback from colleagues in the UK and US about the remarkable effects they were seeing from CBD oil use, it was clear there was a gap in the Australian market for these products. Our goal was to create a high-quality, science-backed Banned Substance Tested CBD product that could provide athletes and other professionals with a safer and effective, natural alternative to traditional pain medications. We believe that Banned Substance Tested CBD oil has the potential to revolutionise the way people who have to take drug tests, can manage pain, enhance recovery, and optimise their performance.

Jeremy Thrush – Professional Rugby Player

I have recently retired after playing rugby professionally for 17 years. Playing a contact sport at the highest level for such a long period of time really took its toll on my body. Over the years I have had to take my fair share of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers to get myself through the grind of a season. While playing in the UK I got to try CBD oil for the first time as it was safe for professional athletes. I immediately noticed the benefits, body recovery was outstanding, I was taking less medication, undisrupted sleep and my inflammatory levels lowered. Sadly taking prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories can become a part of a professional athletes weekly routine and I can't imagine the effects it's having on us. CBD oil was a game changer for me as an older athlete. When I moved to Australia to play rugby I was forced to stop taking CBD oil due to the regulations in this part of the world. When a few of the players in the team started talking about an opportunity to create a Banned Substance Tested CBD oil here in Australia I immediately wanted to be a part of it. Providing a natural alternative that is safer for athletes and the general public to take in order to ease inflammation, manage pain and live better lives is a no brainer.

Sam Wykes – Professional Rugby Player

Throughout my 14-year rugby career, I faced numerous injuries, including two shoulder reconstructions, a knee reconstruction, a ruptured plantar fascia, a ruptured bicep tendon, and countless muscle tears. Enduring such injuries meant enduring significant pain and countless sleepless nights. Fortunately, I managed to minimise my reliance on prescription medication and experienced relatively few complications after my career ended. However, the same cannot be said for many of my teammates. Witnessing the pain, suffering, and addictions that some of my teammates endured, and continue to endure, is truly heart-breaking. This is why I felt compelled to be a part of a new solution – one that is ground-breaking, natural, and capable of providing relief without additional complications. It’s a commitment to investing in the health and well-being of not just future athletes but every individual.

Jonathon Lance – Professional Rugby Player

I played rugby professionally for 13 years and was in a constant battle with inflammation, using prescription drugs and dealing with pain. On that journey I experienced a range of season ending injuries as well as having an issue with concussions, a problem that lead to my retirement earlier than planned. I was lucky enough to use CBD oil in my time in England recovering from a fracture in my back, and the benefits I received in relation to sleep, movement and regeneration turned a potential career ending issue into a 4 month return to play. This was also the first time I didn't worry about the amounts of anti-inflammatory drugs I needed to take to be able to go again the next day. It also helped me relax and not be anxious about retirement. Now that I have stopped playing I still deal with ankle stiffness from a dislocation early in my career, and the neck-pain and issues with my vision still linger as a result of concussions. It's frustrating to see that there is amazing research about the benefits for CBD oil for recovery, especially with my personal issues, and that there is still a barrier of entry to use them. That’s why it’s so exciting to be a part of CBD Force, the solution to help people dealing with inflammation, anxiety and plenty of other chronic issues. A natural remedy to bring a better quality of life.

Josh Bekhuis – Professional Rugby Player

I have been playing professional rugby for 17 years in New Zealand, France and Japan. Throughout my career I have often had minor injuries that at times were difficult to rehabilitate. The medical care and pain relief options have been varied depending where the teams were based. Coupled with the language barrier, at times this has been frustrating to perform at my best. I often wished there was a natural alternative that was legal and accessible. Looking after my body has been paramount, not only to play the sport I love, but to ensure I can still run around pain free with my children and theirs to come. I joined CBD Force to ensure all people including professional athletes will have opportunities and access to quality Banned Substance Tested CBD oil.

Kieran Longbottom – Professional Rugby Player

Throughout my rugby career, playing in an extremely physical position, I had multiple injuries, many small ones, a few big ones and one that changed the trajectory of my career. As these injuries accumulated, so did the amount of NSAIDs, pain killers and muscle relaxants I took. It got to a point where I knew the amount I was taking wasn’t healthy for me, but I had to take them to stay on the field. A group of us in the Western Force team all had the same feeling that there needs to be something better, there needs to be a better option for people who are in pain but need to keep performing to achieve the things they want to achieve. There was no other option, CBD oil was still basically illegal in Australia, and any products that were on the market were not banned substance tested, so taking them would be a gamble with our sporting careers. In line with the name of the WhatsApp group we were in, “Whatever it takes”, we decided to do whatever it takes to create an alternative to NSAIDs, pain killers and muscle relaxants, one that is natural, healthy, and safe to use. This is why I got involved with CBD Force. My sporting career may be over, but as the Greek proverb goes “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” I am proud that we have been able to create CBD Force, and produce products that will help anyone who is looking for a banned substance tested, safer alternative to assist with inflammation, pain and sleep, to improve their performance on whatever field they play.

Jasper Young – Pharmacist

Working in the pharmacy industry for well over a decade now, I have seen how access to the right treatment can change someone’s life. I have seen CBD oil do that for numerous patients. To have a banned substance tested, WADA compliant CBD Oil, patients will have access to “safer and tested” CBD and I look forward to being a part of their journey.