The cricket ball-tampering scandal was the event that shook the cricket world. In March of 2018, former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith addressed a press conference, taking full responsibility for the events that took place in the test match in Cape Town, South Africa.

The way he responded to the situation head-on took guts – and he now admits that it was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

“I’ve certainly had some difficult days but it’s ok to be vulnerable,” he says. “Everyone makes mistakes, it’s about the way you respond to it that’s really important.”

Facing a 12-month ban from all international and Australia domestic cricket, Steve Smith channelled the impact of his mistakes into a new mission: taking what he has learned from the experience and turning it into positive change.

Teaming up with Gus Worland, he became an ambassador in the Gotcha4Life school program – teaching teenage boys the importance of opening up and having courageous conversations. Being able to give back has been important to Steve; in conjunction with Gus, he’s funding another programme with them while also sharing his experience with the junior leagues, and has been playing again with Sutherland Cricket Club.

Watch how Steve Smith is coming back from his mistakes, and becoming a force for change:

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