Ben Sigmund is a Kiwi sporting hero and a member of our national football side that famously remained unbeaten throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ben’s skillset has been a great asset to the team’s legendary efforts of late. Balancing his time, attention and talents with poise and good grace, Ben can teach us a thing or two about the truly important things in life. His passion for sport and for his friends and family make him an admirable role model and perfect ambassador for New Zealand football. Aspirations of coaching and mentoring exhibit his generosity to continue giving after what will have been a long and illustrious career.
What’s happening in the world of Ben Sigmund for 2014?
Well I have been on holiday now for the last six weeks. I have done nothing but relax and spend time with my family.
I have also done a lot of diving. Two years ago I started free diving and I just love it. I mainly go for paua and spear shoot fish – nothing better than going home with a feed of fish for your family.
We are just about to start pre season with the Phoenix and I can't wait. The entire team is excited about the games against Westham and Newcastle United coming up.
Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.
The most generous person I know is my wife Deanna Sigmund. She has been behind my soccer career. She feels the wins and losses just like I do. It's a tough industry with a lot of travel and she is at home a lot with the kids while I live my dream. Without the love and support of my wife, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.
Smiling and laughter. I'm a big believer if you can smile and laugh it brings people's mood up around you. We all need to smile and laugh more often.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
My son Cameron and daughter Ashley. Every day I wake up they are always smiling at me. It doesn't matter if we win or lose, they just don't care. They are always happy to see me.
Friends and family. I have always had friends and family who keep me grounded. They have always treated me like Ben Sigmund, not Ben Sigmund the soccer player. I'm very grateful for their love and support.
The final thing that inspires me is what I'm going to do when I retire from soccer and that's life coaching and mentoring people. I am lucky to have great role models and mentors around me and I want to offer that service to other people wanting to reach their goals and to reach their full potential in life.