The Enemy Within with Joe Williams

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. Joe played in the National Rugby League (NFL equivalent) for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title. 

Wagga Wagga Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his work within the community, mental health and suicide prevention sectors, Joe is also a published author, contributing to the book; 'Transformation; Turning Tragedy To Triumph". Most recently Joe has also been involved in filming of the worldwide documentary, "Suicide the Ripple Effect" from director and fellow advocate, Kevin Hines.

Joe now spends his time working to inspire youth and individuals through motivational speaking workshops, run through his charity The Enemy Within. He has had his own battles, struggles and setbacks, which culminated in his own suicide attempt in 2012.

The Enemy Within Project shows a raw and honest side of Joe Williams, the boxer, former NRL Player, father & fiancé. Joe delves into the private pain, and dealings with depression that drove him to the very brink. Joe talks adversity, dealing with struggle, resilience, improving your attitude by 1%, positive energy & how small steps, lead to something greater. Joe lists becoming a father to 4 beautiful children, his greatest accomplishment.

Time: 1hr Workshop – tailored per group. 
(Longer workshops can be organised)

Cost: Depending on size of group, location. 
(Travel costs will be quoted separately)

For more information, or to book a workshop, please email

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"Thank you Joe, for having the courage to speak so openly about your journey and of your recovery. Your heartfelt story of optimism and resilience was moving and inspirational. The Rugby League community at St Marys were engaged for the entire presentation! Thank you again for your generous gift of words, spirit and belief"

Adam Przybyla
Saint Marys Rugby League Club Manager

 “Joe Williams attended The Bidgee School and delivered his ‘Enemy Within’ Workshop to our students ranging in age from 10 through to 17. His positive and inspiring message of hope in the face of adversity fully engaged all of our students who listened intently and asked questions meaningful to their own lives and situations. The conversation around destigmatising mental health issues continues to this day. I would strongly recommend Joe as an inspiring speaker offering hope to all young people, particularly those with mental health issue”

Marianne Mitchell Principal, 
The Bidgee School