The Global Women’s Sports Network

Record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE @DeeCaffari presents all the latest news of women in sailing and more. On this month’s episode we hear from British sailors Mary Rook @MaryRookSailing about her transition from Olympic sailing to solo offshore sailing; Annie Lush, a former Olympian and Team SCA crew member tells us about her move to the M32 fast catamaran that she’s racing in Bermuda and we also find out from Annie about the team for the World Match Racing Tour that’s having women racing for the first time.  Dee takes a look at some major sailing achievements by women and also has a coaching tip brought to you by another Team SCA crew member and meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh @LibbyGreenhalgh from Weatherwhiz. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.

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WiSP World NZ

Zoe George @producer_zoe from Radio New Zealand presents WiSP World NZ with Chris Stafford in Florida. Olympic and World Champion canoeist Lisa Carrington @LisaCarrington stops by to chat about her Rio campaign. Black Ferns Rugby player Georgia Hale talks about making her team debut and Louisa Wall MP discusses gender issues for women in New Zealand sport and what it will take to achieve equality. Join us on social media @WiSPsports and visit us at www.wispsports.com. Download the WiSP Sports Podcast from the iTunes store.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis @BethDavis10 has a new co-host this week as Danielle Warby @daniellewarby joins WiSP World Australia to bring all the latest news in partnership with Australia's public broadcaster - SBS.  They are joined by Aussie Diamond netball player Liz Watson @watson_lizzy to talk about the recent tour during which they beat arch rivals England. Beth and Danielle discuss the Australian Open tennis, the Aussie Stingers water polo team, cricketfootball, athletics, basketball and who has recently qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join WiSP Sports  / @WiSPsports on social media.

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WiSP World Canada

WiSP World Canada this week is brought to you by Sara Gross @saragross in Dubai and Maria Samson @mariasamson5 in Calgary. Their guests are Canadian Skeleton Slider Jane Channell @janechannell who is aiming at the next Winter Olympic Games. Sara also spoke to Sarah Van Tine @vantinesarah from the Lougheed Leadership Center in Banff about a new initiative to develop a sport's program and wrestler Erica Wiebe stops by to talk about her Rio Olympic campaign. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com, download the podcast from iTunes and follow us on social media at WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World USA

Jessica Kelley @cadia34 and Chris Stafford introduce Whitney Powell as a new co-host for WiSP World USA. Swimmer Sarah Bofinger @BofingerSarah shares her story of overcoming hip dysplasia to setting her sights on the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. Jess and Chris discuss the latest women's World Cup skiing races; the expectations and surprises so far the season. And we have the news headlines of women in sport. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Facebook at WiSP Sports and Twitter @WiSP Sports. Download the podcast on iTunes.

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British Crossfit athlete Lucy Majury has gone from being someone who hated sports to a powerlifting record holder in less than two years. She is now a personal trainer with very different personal goals and has an inspirational story for women who question fitness and body shape. Visit Lucy's website at  http://personaltrainingwithlucy.com/ and follow her on Twitter @LucyMajury1664. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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WiSP World UK

Dee Caffari MBE @deecaffari and Chris Stafford @WiSPsports present this week's WiSP World UK with guests Long Drive Champion Rebecca McGinley @bexmc1990 who tells us how she got into the sport and what her plans are for the year. World Heavyweight Taikwondo Champion Bianca Walkden @BiancaW_tkd stops by to tell us what it means to her to win he 2015 Athlete of the Year Award and shares her Rio Olympic campaign schedule. Laura Winter @lauracwinter joins the WiSP team to bring us all the latest news and issues in women's sports. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPSports.

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Sport in Focus: Speedgolf

The current World Champion; American Gretchen Johnson @gmj218, explains that Speedgolf is a relatively new sport in which the USA is leading the way and her main goal this year is to defend her title. British newcomer Kathy Leppard talks about her introduction to the sport and its accessibility for women of all ages to participate at some level. Learn more about international Speedgolf here and in the UK here  Visit us at www.wispsports.com, post your comments on our Facebook page here and follow us on Twitter @wispsports.

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WiSP World NZ

WiSP World heads to New Zealand for the latest news  including hockey, cricket, football and tennis with Zoe George @producer_zoe and Chris Stafford.  Asia Pacific Ironman COO Jane Patterson ONZM tells us what it means to be recognized in the Queens New Years Honors and shares her views on equality for women in triathlon. Rowing World Champion Kelsey Bevan @kelseybevannz talks about her campaign to be on the 8's team for the Rio Olympic Games. WiSP Sports Presenter Sarah Gross @sarahgross stops by to tell us what's coming up on her shows. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com. Follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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Dee Caffari MBE @deecaffari launches The Sailing Show with a stellar line up of sportswomen. She caught up with Stacey Jackson @StaceyJackAUS and Katie Spithill @katiespihill during the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney;  and with Lizzy Foreman @LizzyRacing and Nikki Curwen @nyx88 fresh from the Mini Transat race. Endurance Swimmer Anna Wardley @annawardley tells us what motivates her and what lies ahead, and British Powerboat Race Shelley Jory-Leigh @shelleyjory talks about her comeback after a terrifying accident. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Facebook at WiSP Sports and Twitter @WiSPsports

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Chris Stafford (USA) @WiSPsports Sara Gross @saragross (CAN) and Dee Caffari @deecaffari (UK) take a look back at the sporting highlights for women in 2015, the many great interviews with our wonderful guests from around the world, and make their selections for WiSP Sportswoman and Team of the Year. A very special thanks to everyone who has joined us this year and we look forward to 2016 as The Global Women's Sports Network because Women are The Future of Sport. 

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WISP World Australia

Beth Davis @bethdavis10 and Chris Stafford have the latest news from Down Under. Multi-sport Paralympic medalist Jessica Gallagher @jessgallagher86 is currently training in cycling with the aim of  representing Australia at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 tells us what it's like to prepare for Winter and Summer Olympic sports. Also bidding for another Olympics is BMX Biker Caroline Buchana@CBuchanan68 who takes a look back on 2015.  Beth announces her pick of WiSP World Sportswoman and Team of 2015. Join in the conversation on our Facebook page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross @SaraGross presents this week’s WiSP World Canada with Chris Stafford. Guests include the Chicks that Rip Crashed Ice @crashedice team: Jacqueline Legere @jdleger, Tamara Kajah, and Katie Knezich, who are taking women’s sports to the next level.  Canadian pair skater: 2015 World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Meagan Duhamel @mhjd_85 stops by to tell us about her winning year and what lies ahead. Canadian Soccer Coach Bev Preistman has our tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. And finally; Sara has a surprise guest with some breaking news! Visit us at www.wisp.media, follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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WiSP IronWomen

Sara Gross @saragross presents a new monthly show WiSP IronWomen which is all about Triathlon. This episode features some great performances of 2015. American Meredith Kessler @mbkessler recorded the fastest Ironman of the year, while the amazing Australian Kate Bevilaqua @katebevilaqua was the first woman to win an Ultra-distance Triathlon outright, beating the women and the men.  Canadian Coach Marilyn Chychota shares her wisdom on how great performances are created in the sport of Triathlon. Follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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WiSP World USA

Chris is joined by ski racer turned coach Jessica Kelley @cadia34 to review the FIS Ski World Cup @FISAlpine season with U.S. team member Leanne Smith who is recovering from a knee injury.  They also discuss the importance of performance in sports bras! World Champion Junior Water Trick Skier Anna Gay, 16, shares her successes from another remarkable year in her young career.  And WiSP Ambassador, 2015 Pan Am Gold Medalist Judoka Marti Malloy @martidamus stops by to chat about her Olympic campaign. Visit us online here and on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WiSPsports.

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British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE, who is the first woman to sail solo both ways around the world, talks to Sarah Outen MBE who has recently completed her circumnavigation of the globe by canoe, kayak and bike. This is a fascinating conversation between two pioneering sportswomen sharing experiences of their unique and daring adventures. You can also watch the video podcast here.  Visit Dee online at www.deecaffari.co.uk and follow her on Facebook here and Twitter @DeeCaffari. Visit Sarah at www.sarahouten.com and follow her on Twitter @SarahOuten. Visit us at www.wisp.media and follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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WiSP World UK

Dee Caffari @DeeCaffari joins Chris for this week's WiSP World UK with Basketball legend Stef Collins @StefCollins6 discussing the state of the sport for British players as they focus on qualification for Eurobasket 2017 . The UK's first female cricket agent Fara Gorsi @faragorsi explains why so few female athletes have a sport's agent. We welcome our newest affiliate partner Sharon Hutchinson from Sportswomen.ie @SportswomenIRL who is promoting Irish women's sports news, and Tennis coach Hollie Bees has our tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. Join us on our social media channels: Facebook at WiSP Media and Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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Team Rwanda Cyclist Jeanne d'Arc Girunbunti, 20, is a courageous Rwandan woman who is on a journey of self discovery, one that has already broken barriers. She became the first Black African woman to compete at the World Cycling Championships in the USA this year. An inspiration for women's cycling in Africa, Jeanne d'Arc is also a symbol of hope in a country that cherishes women's empowerment in all sectors of the economy. She is also one of the beacons of hope from a country that befell one of the worst atrocities suffered by the human race. Jeanne d'Arc represents the future of the young generation of empowered women in Rwanda. Visit Team Rwanda Cycling here - https://www.teamafricarising.org/ - and follow on Twitter @TRwandaCycling and on Facebook here. Listen to other Athlete Profiles here, on Facebook at WiSP Media and on Twitter @WiSPmedia.
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WiSP World: NZ

Zoe George @producer_zoe co-hosts with Chris Stafford as BMX World Championship Bronze Medalist Sarah Walker @swbmx talks about her return to the podium after a devastating crash; Black Ferns' Kendra Cocksedge @kenj0119 reflects on her season and winning Rugby Player of the Year. 13 year old Gala Baumfield became the first under-15 to win a Karate Black Belt in New Zealand breaking her hand while breaking a record. Netball Coach Melissa Hyndman @melissacoachbsr explains what skills she looks for in new talent in our Coaching Tip in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. Visit us at www.wisp.media; post your comments and questions on our Facebook page at WiSP Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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Sport in Focus: Crossfit

Olympic gold medalist in sailing turned Crossfit competitor Anna Tunnicliffe is the head trainer at her gym in Lebanon, PA. She has competed in three Crossfit Games and is aiming for another attempt to break her own records.  Anna explains the sport of Crossfit, what's involved in training with the variety of workouts and the opportunities for competition.  Find out more about Crossfit at crossfit.com including a directory of trainers. Visit Anna's website here and follow her on Twitter @atunnicliffe. Post your comments and questions on our Facebook Page at WiSP Media and follow along on Twitter @WiSPmedia. #womeninsport #WiSPmedia #sportwomen

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WiSP World: Australia

Beth Davis @bethdavis10 in Melbourne and sailor Liz Wardley @LizWardley in Brisbane co-host this week's show with guests Anna Tunnicliffe@atunnicliffe - sailor turned crossfit athlete - on the subject of equality in those sports.  BMX Biker and 2015 World Silver Medalist Caroline Buchanan   @cbuchanan68 talks about her fitness program and her organization Buchanan NextGen helping young girls to get started in the sport. Tennis Coach Ashley Berge @AMB_Intl has our tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. Post your comments on our Facebook Page at WiSP Media and follow us on Twitter@WISPmedia.

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Record breaking Canadian multi-sportswoman Heather Moyse won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 with her two-woman Bobsleigh partner Kaillie Humphries and a host of World Cup top three finishes from 2005-2014. In her Rugby career she represented Canada in two World Cups; in cycling at the 2012 Pan American Games, as well as her home province of Prince Edward Island in athletics, plus Varsity soccer, to name just a handful of her many accomplishments. Heather shares some of the skills and experiences that sport has taught her and what her focus is now, which includes climbing the highest mountain in Antartica for charity.  Visit Heather's website here and follow her on Facebook here and Twitter @HeatherMoyse. Post your comments on our Facebook page at WiSP Media and follow us on Twitter @WISPmedia.

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WiSP World: Canada

Sara Gross @saragross and Chris Stafford are joined this week by Olympic Gold Medal Snowboard Champion Maelle Ricker @maellericker who just announced her retirement, and Speedskater Ivanie Blondie @ivanieB on her season start and 2018 Olympic campaign. Soccer coach Shireen Ahmed @_shireenahmed_ has our tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page at WiSP Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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In this new series of exclusive interviews with women who have followed a successful career as a professional athlete by transcending sport and establishing a career beyond the field of play Canadian multi-Olympic medalist and world champion in rowing single sculls Silken Laumann shares her unique story with Chris Stafford. Follow Silken on Twitter @SilkenLaumann and visit her website here. Follow us on Twitter @WiSPmedia and visit us online at www.wisp.media.

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WiSP World: UK

WiSP World: UK Edition co-hosted by Chris Stafford and Sarah Juggins with two-time Olympian Hannah Whelan reviewing the Gymnastic World Championships, British sailor Abby Ehler on awarding her Team SCA Bursary to British Triathlete Laura Siddall, and British Adventurer Sarah Outen who has just completed her circumnavigation of the globe by bike, boat and kayak. Vicky Huyton of the Female Coaching Network has our Coaching Tip. Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 42

Former US Ski Team Downhill Racer Jessica Kelley @cadia34 co-hosts our US Edition this week with news of the first race in the FIS World Cup Season from Soelden, Austria. A pioneer in baseball Justine Siegel @justinebaseball explains how she is fighting for equality with her non-profit organization Baseball for All. She is the first woman to coach a Major League Baseball (MLB) team and throw batting practice to a MLB team. Basketball Coach and Hall of Fame inductee Lin Dunn presents our coaching tip in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN. Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments here and follow us on Twitter @WISPodcast.

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WiSP Ironman Special

Two-time North American Ironman Champion Sara Gross @saragross (CAN) and Ultraman World Champion Hillary Biscay @hillarybiscay (USA) present an Ironman Special Podcast with guests 2015 World Ironman Champion Daniela Ryf @danielaryf (SUI) and professional triathlete Rachel Joyce @RJoyce09 (GBR).  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 41

Dee Caffari @deecaffari co-hosts this week's UK show and has all the latest sailing news from #wewereteamsca @Team_SCA girls. US Open Squash Champion Laura Massaro @ljmassaro reflects on what this win means to her and what's next.  We have news from water skiing, track cycling, skiing plus an extract from an exclusive interview with 19 year old British Show Jumper Jessica Mendoza  @jessicaemendoza who made her senior championship debut this year. You can hear the full interview here. Vicky Huyton from the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN presents our coaching tip. Support Samantha Davies @SamanthaDavies at Initiatives Coeur on Facebook for the Transat Jacques Vabre @TransatJV_vr race.  Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPmedia.

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Caroline Gleich is a professional ski mountaineer who combines rock climbing and skiing on some of the highest peaks in the world. She graduated from the University of Utah and established her ambitions by training on its mountain ranges. Among her career highlights are conquering Les Aiguilles de Chamonix in France and the three highest peaks in Ecuador. Visit Caroline's website here and follow her on Twitter @carolinegleich. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 40

Beth Davis @bethdavis10 in Melbourne and sailor Stacey Jackson in Brisbane co-host our Aussie Edition with guests racing driver Caitlin Wood on making her Formula 4 debut, Commonwealth Games bronze medal Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts @thatjavelingirl on her Rio Olympics campaign, plus Tennis Coach Ashley Berge @AM8_Intl has our Coaching Tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN.  Visit us at www.wisp.media; post your comments at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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British Show Jumper Jessica Mendoza, 19, made her senior international championship debut this year at the European Championships in Aachen, Germany and was soon selected for the 2015 Furisiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona helping her team finish second. She has already had a successful junior career representing Great Britain at three European Pony Championships winning team gold in 2011 and 2012. In 2010 she was the Leading Pony Rider and has numerous other national wins to her credit. She now has her sights firmly set on achieving her Olympic dream next year in Rio.  Visit Jessica's website here, follow her on Facebook here and on Twitter @jessicaemendoza.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, on Facebook at Women in Sport Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 39

Sara Gross @saragross co-hosts our Canadian edition this week from Kona, Hawaii where she is attending the Ironman World Championships, and our guests are cyclist Dr. Veronique Fortin, who is also an anesthesiologist, and Paralympian Cross-Country Skier and Biathlete Caroline Bisson @caro_bisson .  Both athletes star in the upcoming film: Oxygen - Sport Empowered by Women - for more information and to view the trailer click here.  Visit us at www.wisp.media; post your comments on our Facebook Page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast. Visit Sara's media here and watch her video series for WiSPmedia on nutrition here.

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Ironman Champion Sara Gross @saragross presents a series of tips on nutrition beginning with the basics of one ingredient. Visit us online at www.wisp.media; post your comments on our Facebook page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 38

Zoe George @producer_zoe from Radio New Zealand @radionz co-hosts this week. Our guests are White Ferns all-rounder Sophie Devine @sophdevine77 talking about the upcoming season playing Sri Lanka and Australia, Gymnast Courtney McGregor live from the 2015 New Zealand National Gymsports Championships in Auckland, Runner Kim Smith @kimsmithnz talks about getting back into training after medical challenges and the birth of her first child, and Professional Ironman Britta Martin joins us from Kona, Hawaii ahead of the 2015 Ironman World Championships. Our coaching tip in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @femaleCN comes from Vicky Huyton. Special thanks to Radio New Zealand. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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A Sport in Focus: Lacrosse

Lacrosse is our featured Sport in Focus with US Team members Danielle Etrasco @DanielleEtrasco and goalie Devon Wills @devon3wills who each also have coaching roles at Westpoint's Army team and University of Southern California @USC  respectively. You can find out more about the US team here and follow them on Twitter @USLacrosse. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 37

Sarah Juggins @sjuggs15 co-hosts our UK edition with newly crowned US Open Wheelchair Singles Champion Jordanne Whiley @jordannejoyce92; Assistant Coach to Great Britain's Hockey team Karen Brown, plus Olympian & former European Champion now Swimming Coach Melanie Marshal@massivemel has our Coaching Tip this week in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @femalecn.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Athlete Profile: Rachel Choong

Para-Badminton Champion Rachel Choong recently became the first British player to win all three titles at a World Championship when she claimed the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles in Stoke Manderville. She now has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics when the sport is set to make its debut. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rach_Choong. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 36

Ocean Sailor Sara Hastreiter @SaraSailingUSA co-hosts this week with sailing news, updates on Team SCA @Team_SCA and a special guest in legendary sailor Dawn Riley @DawnRiley from Oakcliff Sailing to talk about legacies and opportunities for women in sailing  We also discuss Solheim Cup golf, US Open Tennis and Skiing. NZ actress and film-maker Jessica Grace Smith @JessGraceSmith discusses her new film: Everybody Else is Taken about trying to fit in to play sports as a young girl.  Our Coaching Tip this week on leadership skills comes in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN comes from Erica Quam @coachquam.  Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Soccer Center: Indi Cowie

Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham has the latest news and shares her views on the big stories around the world of soccer, plus an interview with record breaking US Soccer Freestyler Indi Cowie @indicowie. Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page at WiSP Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Cricket Special: Clare Connor

England Women's Cricket Manager Clare Connor @ConnorCricket reflects on the Ashes Series in England this summer; the team's performances against the winning Australian team, what this means to the England team, what their focus needs to be going forwards and, importantly, the success and impact of the tour for women's cricket. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 35

Beth Davis @bethdavis10 co-hosts this week from Melbourne with an all-star cast plus news of Aussie women around the world. Southern Stars @SouthernStars fast-medium pace bowler Holly Ferling @holly_ferling reflects on the Australian tour of England and reclaiming the Ashes. We have an extract from an exclusive interview with England Women's Cricket Manager Clare Connor @ConnorCricket (listen to the full interview on our Cricket Special). AFL player Steph Chiocci @steph_chiocci previews the upcoming Victorian Women's Football League  (VWFL) Grand Final @womensfooty this weekend. And our Coaching Tip, in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleFCN, comes from Australian Rowing Coach Annabelle Eaton @annabelleeaton1.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Our Athlete Profile this week is Great Britain's Bianca Walkden who recently won the Taekwondo World Championships to add to her multiple wins in the British International, French and Swiss Open Championships and her the 2014 European Games Gold Medal. She now has her sights firmly set on becoming an Olympian in the 2016 Rio Games.  Visit Bianca at www.biancawalkden.com, follow her on Twitter @biancaW_TKD. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Facebook at WiSP Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 34

This week's Canadian edition is co-hosted by Ironwoman Champion Sara Gross @saragross who has exclusive interviews with 800m World Championship Silver Medalist and new Canadian record holder Melissa Bishop @bishopmelissa plus multi medalist wheelchair racer and politician Michelle Stilwell @stilwell2013 who won gold at the 2015 ParaPan Games in 100mT52 to add to her gold medals from Sydney, Beijing and London Paralympics.  Sara also has a coaching tip for athletes as well as lots of news of Canadian women in sport from around the world. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Sport in Focus: Handball

In our Sport in Focus this week we take a closer look at Handball with Reita Clanton who was a member of the US Team that finished fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and Sarah Gascon, Captain of the US Team @USATH. Both Reita and Sarah are based at Auburn University in Alabama, which is the Olympic Training Center for US Handball.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments and questions on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Soccer Center

Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham has a round up of the news and an exclusive interview with Indian goalie Aditi Chauhan @aditi03chauhan who has made history by playing for an English club. Visit us online at www.wisp.media. Post your comments on our Facebook page here and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 33

Offshore solo and Team SCA sailor Dee Caffari MBE @deecaffari and Canadian Ironman Champion & Triathlete Sara Gross @saragross co-host the show this week sharing stories of their sports, plus news of athletics, hockey Modern Pentathlon, Ashes Test Cricket, Judo and Canoeing. British Open Water Swimmer and Rio Test event 10K Gold Medalist Keri-Anne Payne @keriannepayne talks about her campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Our coaching tip comes from Soccer Coach Lois Fidler in partnership with the Female Coaching Network. Visit us online at www.wisp.media. Post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Media, Follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Jo Pickard @jopickard presents a WiSP Sailing Special covering Cowes Week; the Artemis Challenge and Rolex Fastnet Race featuring exclusive interviews with Sara Hastreiter @SaraSailingUSA, Libby Greenhalgh @libbygreenhalgh from Team SCA @team_sca, Hilary Lister @hilarylister and Sarah Ayton @sarahayton. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook Page; Women in Sport Media, and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 32

The focus is on New Zealand athletes this week as Zoe George @producer_zoe from Radio New Zealand joins Chris to cover the latest news, views and interviews with Tall Ferns Basketball player Stella Beck, Freestyle Skier Janina Kuzma @janinakuzma, record breaking Open Water Swimmer Kimberley Chambers @kimberleyswims

Plus our Coaching Tip in partnership with the Female Coaching Network:  @femaleCN - www.femalecoachingnetwork.com - is presented by Netball Coach Melissa Hyndman @melissacoachbar. Visit WiSPmedia online at www.wisp.media, on Facebook at WiSP Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.
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WiSP Amazons: Karen Darke

British Adventurer and Para-Olympic Silver Medal Para-Cyclist Karen Darke makes a habit of traversing remote locations from Mont Blanc to the Himalayas, to sit-skiing across Greenland, climbing El Capitan, handbiking the length of Japan and across Cuba, and kayaking from Canada to Alaska among many of her adventures made even more remarkable since she is a Paraplegic. Since Karen took up para-cycling she won the 2012 London Para-Olympic Games Silver Medal and is now training for the 2016 Rio Para-Olympics. Visit Karen's website at www.karendarke.com and follow her on Twitter @kdarke. Visit WiSP Media online at www.wisp.media and follow us Facebook here on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Soccer Center

Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham has the latest soccer news and insights plus an exclusive interview with US World Cup Champion and Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Boxx @shannonboxx7 ahead of the USA v Costa Rica game on the USA Victory Tour. Plus a new segment of news headlines - 3-30. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Facebook at WiSP Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Magazine Show: EP 31

US Downhill Skier Jessica Kelley @cadia34 co-hosts this week as we focus on FINA Swimming World Championships  and hear from Shannon Vreeland @s_vreeland who won a gold medal in the 800m free relay and bronze in the 400m free relay - prelims., and Maya DiRado @MayaDiRado the Silver Medalist in the 400m IM.  Kendra Chambers @Ms_KChambers previews the upcoming World Athletics Championships and US prospects and our coaching tip, in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @femaleCN, is brought to you by running coach Kathy Butler @chutler. Visit us online at www.wisp.media - follow on Facebook at WiSP Media and @WiSPodcast.

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Welcome to Just Between Us; a brand new show and format. Canadian and North American Ironman Champion Sara Gross in conversation with Canadian Rugby Player; 2014 World Silver Medalist and 2012 Player of the Year Maria Samson. A fascinating peer2peer chat between two elite athletes sharing stories and insights into their sports.  Follow Sara on Twitter @saragross and Maria @mariasamson5. WiSP Media is online at www.wisp.media; on Facebook at WiSP Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Our Aussie edition is co-hosted by Beth Davis @bethdavis10 from Melbourne with guests including Triathlete Ellie Salthouse @elliesalthouse, Opals player Rachel Jarry @rmjarry talking basketball, Compound Archer Lou Redman @archerylou reporting on the Archery World Championships, Multi-Olympian Aerial Skier Lydia Lassila @Lydialassila on the feature documentary about her career The Will to Fly and Katrina Powell, Head Coach - Women's Hockey, NSW Institute of Sport with our Coaching Tip in partnership with the Female Coaching Network @FemaleCN.  Plus news from Women's Ashes Series, Aussie Stingers, swimming and the Netball World Cup., 

Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Facebook at Women in Sport Media and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.
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Canadian Carling Zeeman @Zee_monsta won gold medals in both the single and quadruple sculls at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and is on course for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by way of the Rowing World Championships, which take place August 30-September 6, 2015 at Lake Aiguebelette in France. Her other career highlights are winning the silver medal in the quadruple sculls at the 2013 World Championships and the silver in the single sculls Under-23 World Championships, plus a bronze in the single sculls at the 2012 Under-23 World Championships. Visit WiSP Media online at www.wisp.media and on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Soccer Center

Harriet Eastham presents the all new Soccer Center reporting this week on the FA Women's Cup Final from Wembley where she got exclusive interviews with Rachel Yankey OBE @rachelyankey11, Eniola Aluko @EniAlu, Gilly Flaherty @Gilly_flaherty,  Desiree Scott @MsDScott11. Follow the Women's FA Super League @FAWSL and Harriet @harrieteastham and the WiSP Podcast @WiSPodcast. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and on Facebook at Women in Sport Media.

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Jo Gunston @jogunston from Sports Liberated @sportsliberated in the UK co-hosts and we cover athletics from the Sainsbury Anniversary Games with Britain's world record holder in Para 400m Georgina Hermitage @Georgie400m. Jessica Ennis-Hill @j_ennis, Dina Asher-Smith @dinaashersmith, Sailing with Liz Wardley @LizWardley from Team SCA preparing for the Fastnet Race. Preview of the FA Cup Final and more with @harrieteastham, and our new series on Coaching Tips in partnership with the Female Coaching Network from Vicky Huyton. Other news includes the World Archery Championships from Denmark, FINA World Championships from Kazan, the Ashes Cricket Series and Ricoh Women's British Open Golf at Turnberry, Scotland and the Para-Cycling World Road Championships from Nottwil, Switzerland. Visit us online at www.wisp.media, on Facebook at Women in Sport Podcast and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Great Britain's 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medalist Samantha Murray @samanthamurray is back in training following the recent World Championships with an eye to qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games and shares her plans in the sport and beyond. Britain's Youth A Pentathlete 18 year old Georgina ('George') Summers @george7summers is one of five girls involved in the sport and is already making her mark as she aims for the 2015 Youth A World Championships in Argentina, and we hear from her mother Fiona on what it's like to raise five daughters in a multi-discipline sport.  Visit the official website of Modern Pentathlon here and Samantha's website here.  WiSP Media is online here; on Twitter @WiSPodcast and Facebook here.

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Olympian Chandra Crawford @chandracrawford returns to co-host this week in an all-Canadian show full of Panamania news with Pan Am Silver Medalist in Mountain Biking Catharine Pendrel @cpendral and 5000m runner Jessica O'Connell @jess_oconnell. Visit Chandra online at Fast and Female and follow on Twitter @fastandfemale. Visit us at www.wisp.media, check out our Wall of Fame, follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @WiSPodcast..

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U.S. Recurve Archer Khatuna Lorig has just added a Pan American Games gold medal to her already impressive record and with the World Championships in Denmark to follow next week she has her sights firmly set on competing in Rio to mark her sixth Olympic Games.  Her Olympic journey began in 1992 when she represented the Soviet Union in Barcelona; then in the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Olympic Games she wore her native flag of Georgia. By 2008 she has become a U.S. citizen and was selected for the Beijing Olympics, where she finished 5th, and was honored as the flag bearer in the closing ceremony, going one better at the 2012 London Olympic Games to finish fourth. Khatuna shares her very personal story of leaving her family in Georgia to start a new life in the US and how she has accomplished an outstanding career.

Follow Khatuna on Twitter @KhatunaLorig and visit her online at www.khatunalorig.com. Follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and visit us online at www.wisp.media

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Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham shares co-host duties this week and has news of the Pan American Games from Toronto and other sports around the world including soccer, tennis, sailing, windsurfing. Newly crowned Pan American Games Gold Medal Judoka Marti Malloy @martidamus tells us about her win and other events this year. We also hear about the All-Star Ultimate Tour from organizer Qxhna Titmouth who is currently competing for the US Under-23 team Ultimate Frisbee Championships in the UK.  Follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and on Facebook here, and visit the website at www.wisp.media.

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Our Sport in Focus this week is Roller Derby and among us are Gotham Girls Roller Derby Blocker & Pivot Danielle Flowers, aka OMG WTF, Finnish player Joanne Koskinen and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Marketing & Communications Manager Jenna Cloughley. Find out more about Roller Derby at www.wftda.com. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow along @WiSPodcast and on Facebook here.

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Zoe George from Radio New Zealand co-hosts this week and England Women's Cricket Director Clare Connor brings us cricket news including a preview of the upcoming Ashes SeriesHarriet Eastham reviews the closing games of the Women's World Cup Soccer and takes a look at the Pan American Games that get underway in Toronto, Canada today with the opening ceremony.  Plus we have lots of other news from rugby, softball, hockey, shotput and sailing. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and on Facebook here.

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Olympic Gold Medal Aerial Skier Australian Lydia Lassila transitioned from her first sport of gymnastics to become a record breaking Olympian in freestyle skiing. She added an Olympic bronze medal from the Sochi Games in 2014 to her Vancouver 2010 Gold, having previously competed in the 2002 and 2006 Games, and is now contemplating a fifth Olympics. But can Australia prepare its athletes in this sport at home?  Find out what it takes in this exclusive interview. Visit Lydia at lydialassila.com.au and follow her on Twitter @lydialassilaWiSP Media is here and on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Australian Kate Leeming features in this new series of women adventurers as she explains how she combines her global expeditions with fund raising for worthy causes while educating and empowering women to follow in her footsteps.  Kate's latest challenge will take her to the ends of the earth in Breaking the Cycle South Pole. Take a listen and support Kate on her journey by visiting her website at www.kateleeming.com and following her on Twitter @leeming_kate.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Episode 25

US Track & Field athlete and WiSP Ambassador Kendra Chambers @Ms_KChambers11 co-hosts this week when among us are WiSP Reporter Harriet Eastman @HarrietEastham on the Women’s World Cup Soccer; Harlem Globetrotter’s Tammy Brawner @Tammy_Denise12 tells us about her show biz career and offers advice for young athletes on establishing their careers off the court.  Canadian Ironman Champion Sara Gross @saragross tells us about the 50 Women to Kona campaign for equality in Triathlon at TriEqual.org, and Amanda Stanec PhD @movelivelearn from Move Live Learn offers advice for adolescent girls in sport. Join in the conversation on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Podcast and follow along on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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In this week's Sport in Focus we hear from two USA athletes; two-time Paralympic Silver Medalist Katie Holloway @ksholloway from Sitting Volleyball, and Indoor Volleyball rising star Kim Hill, both of who have their sights firmly set on the Olympic Games and their campaigns to get to Rio in 2016.  Post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast. Visit us online at wisp.media.

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WiSP Episode 24

This week’s show features sailing with Sara Hastreiter from Team SCAHarriet Eastham with our World Cup Soccer report, Jo Pickard with Aussie sailor Stacey Jackson in our Food for Sport segment, and Amanda Stanec has advice on Coaching Adolescent Girls. Beth Davis joins the team this week as our Aussie co-host with news of hockey, surfing, netball, cricket, basketball, and media coverage of women’s sports.  Visit us online at www.wisp.media, email us at info@wisp.media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and @bethdavis10. 

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Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe from Stittsville Ontario, now living in Calgary, Alberta, competes in the 75kg weight class. She in is the 2014 Commonwealth Games and International University Sports Federation Champion. She has also been Canadian National Champion six times and the Canadian Inter-University Champion three times. Last year she won gold medals in the US, Germany and Sweden and finished fourth in a World Cup team event. Erica is campaigning for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which involves a busy schedule of training camps and international competitions this year. She is currently ranked third in the world and number two in Canada.  Follow Erica on Twitter @ericawiebe and visit her website here   Follow us @WiSPodcast and visit us online at www.wisp.media

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WiSP Episode 23

Jo Gunston @jogunston from SportsLiberated.com is back with news and interviews including US 200m Olympic Champion Allyson Felix @allysonfelix.  Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham has our World Cup Soccer report, Jo Pickard @jopickard talks sport's nutrition with Alex Wardell, and Amanda Stanec PhD @movelivelearn offers advice on coaching adolescent girls. Visit us at www.wisp.media, post your comments on our Facebook page at Women in Sport Podcast and follow on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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Aussie Stingers goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas, 26, and Chloe Barr, 20, have just returned from the FINA World League Super Finals in Shanghai, China with a silver medal following a 7-8 defeat by the USA. Their focus now is on the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia this summer and their Olympic campaign to make the squad for the 2016 Rio Games.  Find out more about the Aussie Stingers team here and Water Polo here.  Follow them on Twitter @AussieStingers. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and on Facebook here.

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WiSP Episode 22

Chandra Crawford co-hosts this week from the Conversation 2015 Women and Sport Conference in Quebec where she spoke to double Olympian Marion Lay, and Nora Sheffe @nora_sheffe. Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director, explains the work of our newest partner, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS), and our cub soccer reporter Harriet Eastham @harrieteastham  has the first of weekly reports from the Women's World Cup Soccer in Canada. Visit us online at www.wisp.media and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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American Marti Malloy started her Judo career at age 6 and realized her Olympic dream by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Over the course of some 23  years she has collected an armful of medals - in her first senior international she won gold at the the 2002 Rendez-Vous Canada. Other highlights include two gold and three silver medals at the Pan American Judo Championships and a silver at the 2013 World Championships in Tokyo. Her focus now is on winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Follow Marti on Twitter @martidamus and visit us online at www.wisp.mediafollow us @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Episode 21

Jess Kelley co-hosts this week and she is joined by some of her former US downhill ski-racing team-mates Libby Ludlow and Jilyne Higgins who have launched ZGirls - an initiative to teach girls skills through sports, and Keely Kelleher who runs Keely’s Camp which also teaches girls through physical activities in the mountains. Clare Connor, Director of England Women's Cricket offers the first in her regular updates on women's cricket.  Follow us on Twitter @GoZGirls, @keelykelleher @cadia34 and @WiSPodcast. Visit us online at www.wisp.media. Find out more about Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club here and the Girls Sports Works Campaign here.

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Focus on Bike Polo

We take a closer look at Bike Polo in A Sport in Focus this week with two women from California; Jennifer Kutzleb and Sam Bell who explain the sport, where and how to play, and upcoming events.  Post your comments on our Facebook Page here, follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast and visit our website at www.wisp.media


For more information on Bike Polo, visit these websites:

League of Bike Polo:  https://leagueofbikepolo.com - good place to find out if there is a polo club in your area, tournaments, and latest polo gossip. 

Ladies Army: http://www.ladiesarmy7.org/ 

Ladies Army Live Stream, June 5-7th:   http://mrdovideo.com/

North American Hardcourt Bike Polo http://www.nahardcourt.com/  - North American organizing body.

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WiSP Episode 20

Zoe George from Radio New Zealand is our co-host this week as we discuss sex abuse in women’s sport with former Olympic swimmer Katherine Starr whose website safe4athletes.com provides valuable resources.  Charlotte Sullivan talks about making history for New Zealand gymnastics, and Jo Pickard offers a sampler of a new segment on Food & Sport.  This podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast store under Chris Stafford Radio for download to the Podbean App.  Follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast, @producer_zoe, @safe4athletes , @jopickard.

Special thanks to Radio New Zealand

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