Global Women’s Sports Coverage

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.

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Powerlifter Naomi "Supergirl" Kutin from New Jersey has been breaking world records since she was eight years old. Her amazing talent and unique story is the subject of a film entitled "Supergirl" which is currently in production and the Director, Jessie Auritt explains how this came about.  You can find more information on the film's website here and follow them on Twitter @supergirldoc and join Naomi on Facebook here.  Post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Podcast and follow us on Twitter @WiSPodcast.

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WiSP Episode 19

Sarah Juggins co-hosts again this week and we discuss coaching with Vicky Huyton from the Female Coaching Network and Anita Broad who coaches Stoolball.  Sarah has lots of news from around the world of women in sport and we also talk to US sprinter Kendra Chambers about her season and future plans.  This podcast is available for download from Chris Stafford Radio in the iTunes Podcast store to Podcast Apps such as Podbean or Stitcher. 

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@WiSPodcast  @sjuggs15 @FemaleCN @AnitaBroad @Ms_KChambers11

Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport Podcast where we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.

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Focus on Swimming

On this week’s Focus on Sport we take a closer look at swimming with the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 24-August 9th, and Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada July 10-26th being the big events this summer.  Shannon VreelandUS Olympic Gold Medalist in the 800m Freestyle Relay, and US Olympic Open Water 10K Silver Medalist Haley Anderson talk about their seasons so far, their training schedules, and their Olympic campaigns. 

Post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Podcast and follow us Twitter @s_vreeland and @swimhaley and @WiSPodcast. This podcast is available under Chris Stafford Radio in the iTunes Podcast store for download to Smartphone and Tablet Apps such as Podbean and Stitcher.

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WiSP Episode 18

On the show this week, Jo Gunston from SportsLiberated.com is back with lots of news on soccer, rugby, netball, cricket, tennis, track & field/athletics, and other adventures. Our guests are Volvo Ocean Race presenters Genny Tulloch and Jo Pickard.  Post your comments on our Facebook Page at Women in Sport Podcast and follow us on Twitter @jogunston and @WiSPodcast. This podcast is available under Chris Stafford Radio in the iTunes Podcast store for download to Smartphone and Tablet Apps such as Podbean and Stitcher.

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Skipper Sam Davies wraps up our special series this week on the all-women crew of Team SCA, which is sailing round the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, My special thanks to Vicky Low, Annaleisha Rae, Sara Hastreiter, Elodie Mettraux, Abby Ehler, Liz Wardley, Dee Caffari, Libby Greenhalgh, Sophie Ciszek and Sam Davies.  Visit the Team SCA website here and follow them on Twitter @team_sca and on Facebook here. The music video of Wake Me Up When It's All Over is on the Team SCA YouTube Channel. There are photos and videos from our coverage of Team SCA on our Facebook Page here and Twitter @chrisestafford.

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Dee Caffari and Sophie Ciszek are the guests on today’s episode in this special series on the all-women crew of Team SCA, which is sailing round the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, Visit the Team SCA website here and follow them on Twitter @team_sca and on Facebook here. The music video of Wake Me Up When It's All Over is on the Team SCA YouTube Channel.


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On today’s episode in this special series on the all-women crew of Team SCA which is sailing round the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, we hear from Liz Wardley and Sara Hastreiter.  Visit the Team SCA website here and follow them on Twitter @team_sca and on Facebook here. The music video of Wake Me Up When It's All Over is on the Team SCA YouTube Channel.

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On today’s episode in this special series on the all-women crew of Team SCA which is sailing round the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, we hear from Swiss sailor Elodie Mettraux and British Navigator and Meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh. Visit the Team SCA website here and follow them on Twitter @team_sca and on Facebook here. The music video of Wake Me Up When It's All Over is on the Team SCA YouTube Channel.

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The all-women crew of Team SCA are in Newport, RI, USA this week for the stopover between Leg 6-7 of the nine legs of the Volvo Ocean Race and we have exclusive interviews with several of the crew in this special series which will run throughout the week paying our tribute to the unique stories of this very special team. We begin by hearing from Vicky Low, the Communications Director who tells us what it takes to manage the comms on this 'traveling circus', and Boat Captain Abby Ehler shares her story of the journey so far. Visit the Team SCA website here and follow them on Twitter @team_sca and on Facebook hereThe music video of Wake Me Up When It's All Over is on the Team SCA YouTube Channel.

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WiSP Episode 17

We have something completely different for you in this week's show asJo GunstonfromSports Liberated,Sarah Jugginsand me just sit around and talk sports; memorable events, embarrassing moments, sportsmanship, gamesmanship, favorite teams - anything that comes to mind when three women talk sport. You can join in onFacebookorTwitter. Download from Chris Stafford Radio in iTunes to the Podbean App.

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England’s Reanne Evans has been World Ladies Snooker Champion a record ten times. After winning 61 consecutive women's matches and defeating world champion John Higgins at the 2009 Six-red World Championship, she became the first woman to play on the men’s snooker tour since1995.  This year Reanne was again awarded a place in the qualifying rounds of the World Snooker Championship and after a closely fought battle she lost her opening match 8–10 to former World Champion Ken Doherty. She was then defeated by Hong Kong's Ng On Yee in the Ladies World Championship's semi-final. Reanne continues to be a role model showing that she can break the glass ceiling despite the challenges to women of making a living in the sport at any level.  

Follow us on Twitter Reanne @evans_reanne and Chris @chrisestafford.

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WiSP Episode 16

Jessica Kelley is in the co-host seat this week and the show has some Canadian influence with guests 2006 Olympic Nordic Gold Medalist Chandra Crawford who tells us about the Fast and Female organization that she founded in 2005; we hear from Squash player Samantha Cornett as she prepares for the Canadian National Championships taking place in Toronto this week and we welcome a new Affiliate Partner in Women’s Sport UK with Lucy McSherry.  

Read Jessica’s skiing reports at SkiRacing.com.

Follow our guests on Twitter:

Chandra Crawford @chandracrawford

Fast and Female @FastandFemale

Samantha Cornett @CornettSamantha

Women’s Sport UK @WomensSportsUK

Women in Sport Podcast @chrisestafford

To download this podcast from the iTunes Podcast Store look for Chris Stafford Radio. 

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WiSP: Focus on Shooting

Our focus on sport this week takes a close look at shooting as we hear from three leading ladies who between them have garnered multiple medals at Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Cups as well as breaking records and collecting prestigious awards: Great Britain's Anita North (Clay Pigeon Shooting) and Amber Hill (Olympic Skeet Shooting) and Australian Natalie Smith (Paralympic Air Rifle).

Follow them on Twitter:

Anita North @nittynorth

Amber Hill @amberjohill

This podcast is available in the iTunes store just look for Chris Stafford Radio and follow WiSP on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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WiSP Episode 15

Zoe George from Radio New Zealand is back in the co-host seat this week as New Zealand Olympic Swimmer Lauren Boyle joins us to share her preparation for the Olympic Games and plans beyond Rio. England Cricketer and Pace Bowler Kate Cross reflects on becoming the first woman to play on the men’s team at the Heywood Cricket Club in her home county of Lancashire where she took 3-19 off 7 overs. And Jill Scanlon has a report on women’s sport from Australia including surfing, tennis, hockey, netball and Rugby7s. And of course we have an update on Team SCA, currently on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race between Itajai, Brazil and Newport, RI, USA.  

This podcast is available in the iTunes store under Chris Stafford Radio as a free download to Podcast Apps such as Podbean and Stitcher. 

Our thanks to Radio New Zealand for hosting us this week.

Follow us on Twitter:

@producer_zoe 

@katecross16 

@1aurenbolye

@jdscanlon 

@team_sca

@chrisestafford 

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This week’s Athlete Profile focuses on British Inline Skater Jenna Downing who has been British Champion ten times as well as an X-Games silver medalist and the 2008 LG Action Sports World Champion. A graduate of law from Sheffield University Jenna has channelled much of her time towards leadership incentive programs, teaching children the value of sport in life as well as encouraging them to participate in the sport that has shaped her life since she turned pro at the age of 12. Jenna is the quintessential role model and among her many accolades she has won the 2004 Sporting Ambassador Award and 2005 UK Freesports Athlete of the Year Award. She was instrumental in founding the Inline Skating Academy for at-risk girls and has ambitions to take this program to a wider audience. 

You can follow Jenna on Twitter @jennadowning and visit her website at jennadowning.com.

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Dr. Inga Wolframm returns with more words of wisdom on sports psychology. Inga has written a new book Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride which has just been published by Kenilworth Press UK in which she shares many of the essential tools for preparing to be the best competitor you can be. While this title is aimed at equestrians the content applies to all sports and indeed many walks of life. The book is available on Amazon here and at Kenilworth Press here. Visit Inga's website here and join her on Facebook here and follow on Twitter @ingawolframm.  This podcast is available free under Chris Stafford Radio in the iTunes Podcast store for download to Smartphone or Tablet Apps such as Podbean or Stitcher.

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WiSP Episode 14

Sarah Juggins is back in the co-host seat with lots of news and her own jingle!  Among us are Olympic Rowing Silver Medalist Annie Vernon with a report on the Oxford v Cambridge Ladies Boat Race,  British Racing Driver Bryony King tells us about the start to her Kart Racing season, and Double Paralympian Ski Racer Anna Turney tells us what she’s been doing since her retirement and her aspirations to get into media work.  Look for Chris Stafford Radio in the iTunes Podcast store to download the show to your Smartphone or Tablet Podcast App such as Podbean and Stitcher. 

Follow our guests on Twitter

Annie Vernon - @annievernongb 

Bryony King - @KingBRacing

Anna Turney - @skiraceanna

Watch Team SCA here as they rock it to Wake Me Up which has become their team theme.

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WiSP: Focus on Disc Golf

This week’s Focus on Sport takes a close look at Disc Golf with Sara Nicholson from the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and three-time World Champion Valarie Jenkins (USA) who created the website DiscGolf4Women.com. Val is competing through the States this year and will also be traveling to Europe in July for the Scandinavian Open in Sweden and the European Open in Finland. Find out more about the sport and how to get involved by visiting pdga.com.

Facebook Pages

PDGA

Valarie Jenkins

DiscGolf4Women

Watch videos at TheSpinTV

Twitter

PDGA Women@pdgawomen

Valarie Jenkins @valariejenkins

WiSP - Chris Stafford @chrisestafford


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WiSP Episode 13

Jessica Kelley, former US ski racer, is our co-host this week and presents a review of the 2014-15 ski racing season.  Sports journalist Tara Wellman explains why women’s baseball has a long way to go to get global recognition and wider participation. Find out more about the USA Women's Baseball team at web.usabaseballcom. And we welcome Girl Sport Works as an Affiliate Partner with Project Manager Carly Williams explaining the work of the organization that is offering opportunities to schoolgirls in Peru. You can read Jessica’s reports at SkiRacingCom and follow on Twitter @SkiRacingCom.  Follow Tara on Twitter @tarawellman. Visit Girl Sport Works online at girlsportworks.org and follow on Twitter @girlsportworks. Join in the conversation with WiSP on Facebook and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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This week's featured sportswoman in our Athlete Profile series is Australian Compound Archer Lou Redman who is on the verge of launching her international career having already established an impressive national record winning the Australian Open Individual and Team tiles this year. Lou returned to the sport in 2013 and this May she is already aiming for the World Cup in China followed by the World Championships in Denmark in July.  Visit Lou's website at louiseredman.com, follow her on Twitter @archerylou and on Facebook here.  Follow WiSP on Twitter @chrisestafford and on Facebook here

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WiSP Episode 12

Zoe George from Radio New Zealand joins me for our first edition of the show focusing on sport for women in New Zealand.  Our guests are England and Central Pulse Netball player Ama Agbeze, and US Triathlete Kaitlin Shiver Donner who won the World Cup Triathlon in New Plymouth last weekend. We discuss the Lydia Ko effect with Liz McKinnon, High Performance Coordinator for NZ Golf.  Tune in to Radio New Zealand here and get Zoe’s recipes here.  Follow Kaitlin on Twitter @kaitlinsdonner and Ama @amaagbeze and Zoe @producer_zoe and Chris @chrisestafford.

Special thanks to Radio New Zealand for hosting us this week.

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US skating journalist Lynn Rutherford joins me to host an exclusive episode on Figure Skating as we review the 2015 World Championships, which took place in Shanghai, China,  March 23-29th.  Our guests are Alexa Scimeca, who together with her partner and fiancé Chris Knierim finished 7th in the Pairs competition, and the 2006 Ladies World Champion Kimmie Meissner who is now a professional skater and currently on tour with the Stars on Ice Show

Read Lynn’s coverage of the 2015 World Championships on the Ice Network website:

Scimeca, Knierim Hope to Ride Quad Twist to Title

Scimeca, Knierim Make History en Route To Pairs Title

Scimeca, Knierim Ready to Make Splash in Shanghai 

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Chris Stafford @chrisestafford

Lynn Rutherford @LynnRutherford 

Alexa Scimeca @lexxapaige 

Kimmie Meissner @kimmiemeissner  

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WiSP Episode 11

Sarah Juggins returns as co-host this week and our guests are Dr. Robin Kietlinski, author of Japanese Women and Sport Beyond Baseball and Sumo who tells us about women’s sports in Japan. Gess Youl who plays polo for the University of Leeds.  And we welcome Candice Freeman from the SportzGirlz website in Australia who have become an Affiliate Partner.  Follow them on Twitter @sportzgirlzoz.  For information on how to become a WiSP Partner and everything else you need to know about the Podcast, visit us online here.   Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow Sarah and me on Twitter @sjuggs15 and  @chrisestafford.  Follow Gess Youl on Twitter @GessYoul. Post your comments, questions and suggestions on our Facebook at Women in Sport or on our website. 

For the Rio Olympic Games Test Event Schedule click here

The Rio Olympic Games; August 5-21, 2016 Competition Schedule is here.

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Australian BMX and Mountain Biker Caroline Buchanan from Canberra is currently aiming at her second Olympic Games and has already collected multiple titles and awards. She became the BMX World Champion in 2012 and 2013 as well as Mountain Bike World Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In 2014 she won the BMX World Cup Series, was the BMX Rider of the Year and won the BMX World Championships Time Trial Silver Medal. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Caroline was the BMX Time Trial Winner and a racing finalist. A year later she was recognized as the AIS Australian Athlete of the Year, Cyclist of the Year and People’s Choice Australian Cyclist of the Year.  Her marketing strategy is impressive and has paid off in a sport which has historically been male dominated, and she now has an impressive team of sponsors behind her. Her current focus is this year’s World Cup series and World Championships with a view to qualifying for the Rio in 2016.  Visit Caroline’s website here and follow her on Facebook @CBuchanan68, Twitter @CBuchanan68 and Instagram @cbuchanan68.

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WiSP Episode 10

Jo Gunston from Sports Liberated is back in the co-host seat and our guests are former US team ski racer Jessica Kelley, now writing for skiracing.comwho reviewed the World Cup Skiing season ahead of the finals this week, American Footballer Melinda Sparks tell us why she started the Orlando Anarchy team and British Short Track Speed Skater Charlotte Gilmartin chats to Jo about the season.  Visit Sports liberated.com and follow Jo on Twitter @SportsLiberated and @JoGunston

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport.

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British journalist Pippa Cuckson who writes for the Horse Canada.com website under The Cuckson Report, and Michael Campbell, President of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) discuss the latest scandals and rule infringements that have recently been exposed and the implications to the sport. You can read Pippa's Blog here and visit the AERC website here.  Post your comments and questions on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford

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Amy Chmelecki is a Skydiving and Tunnel Flying World Champion and Coach, and the first and only member female of the Red Bull Air Force Skydiving Team. Two years ago she added Wingsuit Flying to her repertoire.  Amy has won multiple gold and silver medals in the U.S. Nationals in 4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving. She holds the Women’s World Record for 63-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving and this summer will be attempting to break another world record for 175-way Vertical Formation Skydiving. 

Follow Amy on Twitter @amychmelecki and on Facebook.

Find out more about the Red Bull Air Force Skydiving Team here.

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport.

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WiSP Episode 9

This week’s episode has an Australian theme as sport’s journalist Jill Scanlon joins me to co-host the show from Melbourne and has lots of news of women’s sport Down Under. We have an interview with Australian Women’s Cricket team all-rounder Ellyse Perry, and Leanne Evans from the Australian Women’s Sport & Recreational Association (AWRA) explains the challenges facing Australian women in sport and their mission to break down the barriers of participation and equality. 

Click here for results of the Seattle Squash Open.

Visit the all-women crew of Team SCA on the Volvo Ocean Race here.

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport.

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Wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth has represented the US in the Athens and Beijing Paralympic Games. She won gold medals in both single and doubles at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has just begun her season’s campaign to qualify for the Parapan Games in Toronto this summer with the plan of returning to Rio for the Paralympic Games in 2016.  Follow Kaitlyn on Twitter @kverfuerth and follow her results here.

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Kelley Hurley has been a prolific champion in Fencing for 18 years representing the US on numerous occasions. She is an Olympic bronze medalist in the Epee class from the 2012 London Olympic Games, a gold, silver and bronze team and individual medalist at Pan American Championships plus many World Cup victories and four National Titles, the most recent of which took place in February this year.  Kelley is now focused on the World Cup season to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow along on Twitter @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport.

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WiSP: Episode 8

On the show this week England Women’s Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards reflects on a successful tour of New Zealand, former Scotland hockey international turned umpire Sarah Wilson discusses coaching in schools, and we welcome a new Affiliate Partner as Sarah Murray explains the work of Women WinSarah Juggins joins Chris from the UK this week and has lots of women’s sports news from around the world. 

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter: @sjuggs15 and @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport and Chris Stafford Radio

Join us in celebrating women’s sport around the world with International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8. 

Follow out guests on Twitter:

Charlotte Edwards:  @Lottie2323

Women Win:  @women_win

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WiSP: Episode 7

On the show this week we have an interview with Olympic bronze medalist and former world champion rower Sarah Winckless who tells us why she has launched a campaign to raise money for the Scottish Huntingdon Association. Find out more on her website here. Ruth Holdaway Chief Executive of the UK charity Women in Sport talks about a collaborative workshop program to encourage more women coaches and Sarah Juggins has a report on women’s sport in Africa.  Plus Jo Gunston has lots of news from around the world, and some fun stories too.   

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @JoGunston@sportsliberated  @sjuggs15 and @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport, Sports Liberated and Chris Stafford Radio. Visit Sports liberated.com here.

Follow our guests on Twitter:

Women in Sport UK  @womeninsport_uk

Sarah Winckless @sarah_winckless

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WiSP: Annie Vernon

British Olympic Rowing Silver Medalist Annie Vernon will be joining the BBC commentary team for the Cambridge vs Oxford University Women's Boat Race this spring. She tells us how media work is shaping her second career since her retirement after the 2012 London Olympic Games, the challenges that sportswomen face to gain media exposure and sponsorship opportunities and build a second career. Follow Annie on Twitter @annievernongb and visit her website here.

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WiSP Episode 6

Sarah Juggins is in the co-host seat this week bringing you lots of women’s sport’s news from around the world. Our guests are Team SCA Skipper Sam Davies on the fourth leg of the Volvo Round the World Ocean Race somewhere in the North Pacific, Hannah Church, President of the Cambridge Ospreys and Jos Dirkx founder of Girls & Football SA in South Africa joins our Affiliate Partner Program.

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here. Follow us on Twitter @sjuggs15 and @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport

Track Team SCA as they go round the world here.

Follow all our guests on Twitter:

@Team_SCA

@TheOspreys

@Han2907

@Jos_Dirkx

@GirlsFootballSA

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WiSP Episode 5

Join Jo Gunston and I as we welcome our guests this week: Adventurer Emma Timmis who shares her latest wanderings,  Cyclist Laura Webb tells us about her new cycling team in Cleveland, OH; Team Velo Femme, Sport’s journalist Denise Watson has a report on women’s sport in Northern Ireland and Trish Anders from Women in Sport online publication in Australia becomes an Affiliate Partner.  

Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @JoGunston,  @sportsliberated   @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport, Sports Liberated and Chris Stafford Radio. Visit Sports liberated.com here. 

Get involved with Team Velo Femme’s crowd funding campaign here.

Follow our guests on Twitter

@TeamVeloFemme 

@runemma 

@SportyNeesy 

@TrishAnders 

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WiSP: Keelin Winters

Soccer midfielder Keelin Winters talks about her preparations for the start of the season with Seattle Reign FC in Washington State, opportunities for young players, why she thinks Laura Harvey is a great coach, what the highlights of the year will be for her and what she plans to do when she hangs up her boots.  You can also hear the interview with Laura Harvey on last week's full show of Women in Sport here.  All episodes are available for download from the iTunes podcast store. Visit the Seattle Reign FC website here. Follow us on Facebook at Women in Sport and Chris Stafford Radio and on Twitter @chrisestafford and Keelin @keelinwinters.

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WiSP: Episode 4

On the show this week Jo Gunston and I meet teenage racing driver Bryony King who tells us why she’s set on a career to follow in the footsteps of her mentor Susie Wolff, Seattle Reign FC Coach, Laura Harvey compares women's soccer in the US to the rest of the world, British sport’s journalist Sarah Juggins has the scoop on field hockey and we welcome Nancy Hogshead-Makar from Champion Women as an Affiliate Partner of the Women in Sport Podcast.  Plus Jo has the news highlights of the week from around the world. Sign up for the free weekly online Women in Sport Podcast’s Official Publication here.  Follow us on Twitter @JoGunston@sportsliberated   @chrisestafford. Join us on Facebook at Women in Sport, Sports Liberated and Chris Stafford Radio. Visit Sports liberated.com here.

Follow our guests on Twitter: 

Bryony King: @KingBRacing 

Laura Harvey: @LH1505 

Nancy Hogshead-Makar: @Hogshead3Au 

Sarah Juggins:  @sjuggs15

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WiSP: Episode 3

On this week's show Claire Fahey talks Real Tennis as she prepares for the US Open, and the only professional female Rugby coach Giselle Mather tells us why gender is not an issue on the pitch. Plus Chris and Jo have tons of news of this week's sporting highlights and a preview of some of next week's major events. You can join in the conversation on our new Facebook Page at Women in Sport Podcast and Sports Liberated.  Follow us on Twitter @chrisestafford @sportsliberated and @JoGunston.

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WiSP: Episode 2

On this week’s show Jo Gunston from Sports Liberated.com and me discuss the Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Champs, Netball, Tennis, European Short Track Speed Skating Champs. and US Figure Skating Champs. We talk to former downhill racer turned eventer Bonnie Mosser about the impact of Lindsey Vonn’s record and the growth of women’s skiing. Plus lots of news and comments.

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Pages at Chris Stafford Radio and Sports Liberated. 

Follow us on Twitter @chrisestafford @sportsliberated  and @JoGunston This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast store to your Smartphone Podcast Apps.

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The artist Alexa King created the magnificent statue of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro which stands at the main entrance to Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.  In part two of Alexa's story about her art we hear the fascinating story of how the statue was made - from conception to reality.  A documentary "Sculpting the Wind: Alexa King and the Making of the Barbaro Memorial Statue." can be viewed here.  Visit Alexa's website here. You can post your comments on the Chris Stafford Radio Facebook Page and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford.  This podcast is available for download on iTunes to your Smartphone Podcast App.

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Alexa King is a fine artist whose sculpters have graced public venues and private homes across the US. She is famous for her iconic larger-than-life statue of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro that welcomes visitors to Churchill Downs. In part one of her story we hear how her artistic life began and the passion behind her creations. In part two, which will go live next week, we will hear the fascinating story of how Barbaro was sculpted..  Visit Alexa's studio online here.  


You can join in the conversation on our Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford. This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast store to your Smartphone Podcast Apps.
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WiSP: Episode 1

Women in Sport takes on a new look this week as Jo Gunston from Sports Liberated.com joins me to co-host the show. Our guests are American basketball player Allison Feaster, England footballer Rachel Yankey and Mixed Martial Artist Rosi Sexton.  We have news from skiing, football, tennis, Formula 1 racing, bobsleigh, snowboarding and the BBC Inspired @BBCGetInspired and This Girl Can @ThisGirlCanUK  campaigns. 

Post your comments, questions and suggestions on our Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and Sports Liberated.  This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast store to your Smartphone Podcast Apps.

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As we learn of the passing of Britain’s most successful equestrian Olympian, Richard Meade, OBE, we look back at his life and career in my exclusive interview with him that was recorded in 2012.

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WiSP: Rachel Brown-Finnis

England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis announced her retirement from international football and a career that included 82 caps for England, 2 World Cups, and being part of Team GB at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Rachel reflects on her career and looks forward to ways she can give back to the sport in her new roles, which include becoming an Ambassador for Everton Football Club.  You can follow Rachel on Twitter  @rach_brown1. Post your comments on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford.  This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast store to your Smartphone Podcast App. [Photo credit: Tony Marshall/Getty Images]

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The Chris & Inga Show

We are back for the first show of 2015 sharing more insight into the curious world of sports psychology. Dr. Inga Wolframm has some new perspectives to help unpack the reasons why we behave and perform in all walks of life and she offers some tools to produce meaningful and lasting results to help you feel fulfilled and, most importantly, happy.  Visit Inga online and read her Blog here.  Follow her on Facebook here and on Twitter @ingawolframm.  Join in the conversation on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford.  This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast Store to your Smartphone Podcast App.

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Equestrian journalist Pamela Young joins me for a discussion on the politics of equestrian sport in the light of changes at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) that impact the sport's administration and affect the wider horse community.  Read more at Horse Canada here.  Post your comments on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio and follow on Twitter @chrisestafford. This podcast is available for download from the iTunes Podcast store to your Smartphone Podcast App.  Thanks to Templeton Thompson for the holiday music - Happy Yee-Hallidays is available on iTunes.

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