Nov 22nd, 2017 by chrisstafford
The success of The Dirty Double in rowing from World Cup to World Championships and Olympic Games was partly due to having the right coach and the dynamic of the personalities that made their partnership gel. But it's not always easy to find the right combination to bring out the best of the athlete by getting to know them as a person. Lindsay Jennerich & Patricia Obee know what it takes and share their insights into what makes a good coach, and what to look for in that relationship.
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Nov 17th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Catherine Haddad-Staller rode Rowan Riley’s 11 year old mare Semper Fidelis to claim their first CDI3* Grand Prix Special win together in Europe this summer. This break out performance for the mare in Le Man, France came just a month after the partnership made their Big Tour debut and Catherine is excited about the horse's future. Catherine was previously based in Germany but now resides in Califon, New Jersey in the summer and Loxahatchee, Florida for the winter season. She has been sponsored by Rowan O’Riley for just over two years but only started riding Semper Fidelis (Sir Donnerhall x Welt Hit II) last year. Chris caught up with Catherine to learn more about this partnership and hear about the rest of her training program. Catherine also shares her personal fitness preferences too and what her priorities are now.
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Nov 16th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Canadian Ice Hockey Goalie Kendra Fisher presents a new bi-weekly podcast that will address mental health and LGBTQ issues in an authentic and open way. The purpose is to educate and help people so that they have better understanding and the tools to cope with a variety of situations to enable them to stay mentallyfit. Kendra was diagnosed with a Severe Anxiety Disorder, Severe Panic Attacks, Depression and Agoraphobia at a critical time in her career and was forced to leave the sport's national program and put her health first. She has since established a website as a community and resource and spends time carrying out motivational speaking engagements and assisting organizations. On this first episode Kendra addresses the anxieties that manifest during the holiday season - how to better prepare and cope. We welcome your questions and comments that will be treated in confidence. You can email us at email@example.com - or comment freely on our website or Facebook page.
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Nov 15th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Lisa Ingarfield is joined by author, journalist and host of the Burn it All Down podcast Jessica Luther to discuss Women’s Representation in the Media and the repetitive erosion of women's contributions. They unpack some examples of how female athletes are shunted into the shadows and regarded as a secondary story, regardless of their performance. Why media perpetuate this style of journalism to cover stories that they shape to their audience and diminish women’s achievements in the process. You can contribute to this conversation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or posting your comment on our Facebook page or on the website at www.wispsports.com. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us online and follow us on social media @WiSPsports. WiSP Sports Radio is on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify & Google Play.
Nov 10th, 2017 by chrisstafford
On this month’s FAIR PLAY Zoe George and her guest co-presenter Bronwyn Easterbrook-Smith focus on rugby and look towards the Rugby League World Cup… Kiwi ferns vice-captain Georgia Hales drops in to discuss the competition, their preparation and not having a home ground advantage. Rugby Union is enjoying phenomenal growth globally and the Kiwis have had lots to celebrate as the Black Ferns captured their sixth ‘Nancy’ this summer in Ireland. Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge played a big part in the success of the team and she talks about what really happened in the dressing room during the Rugby World Cup Final as well as the growth of the sport especially among girls in New Zealand. She also reveals the stroy behind how and why they nicknamed the World Cup 'Nancy'.
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Nov 9th, 2017 by chrisstafford
When the World Cup season kicked off at Soelden, Austria, in October, eyes were glued to the World Cup veterans who were hunting for podium results. In episode four, Gabbi Hall went a different direction to talk to two new faces on the White Circus, Foreste Peterson from the U.S. and Kristin Lysdahl of Norway to talk about their first experience at Soelden and how they got to the World Cup. Plus all the latest news in Fresh Tracks of women’s alpine ski racing. For more conversations form the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and @SkiRacinMedia. Email your comments and and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 6th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Siri Lindley and her wife Rebekah Keat are champions in the sport of triathlon as well as in their coaching club and in their passion for rescuing animals. Team Sirius Tri Club is the number one triathlon coaching club in the U.S. and Siri has produced world and Olympic champions since she retired with two world championship titles to her name. Bek is a 6 time Iron Distance Champion and has the 6th fastest time in Iron distance history. The couple are lifelong animal lovers and recently started Believe Ranch & Rescue to save horses and dogs; to rehab and re-house them. On their new show, as well as coaching tips and news of Team Sirius and their athletes, they will share stories of the animals they rescue plus updates of Siri's motivational speaking program, and much more. This popular couple have a full and exciting life in and out of the sport and we look forward to them sharing some of it with us in their usual vivacious and entertaining style.
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Nov 3rd, 2017 by chrisstafford
Chris Stafford's guest this week is 23 year old Catherine Tryee who has been having a banner year since she represented Team USA on the Nations Cup show jumping team in Florida last winter. She recently enjoyed a career best result when she came third in the Washington International FEI Nations Cup aboard Enjoy Louis. Cat was the Leading Lady Rider, won the 10,000 Leading U25 Award, as well as the FEI 1.45 class with her 11 year old gelding Bokai who also won a CSI 5 star class in Dinard in France this year. This week she is competing in the National Horse Show in the Kentucky Horse Park where Chris caught up with her. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media @WiSP Sports or by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 1st, 2017 by chrisstafford
Elizabeth Emery's guests this month are Laura Crawford from Adventure Cycling Association and Caren Hartley of Hartley Cycles. Laura, an expert and pro in bike tourism, is the U.S. Bicycle Route System Coordinator at Adventure Cycling Association and she chats about her short term and long term goals. In 2009, Laura and her partner Russ founded The Path Less Pedaled, when they sold everything to travel by bike. Caren Hartley founded award-winning Hartley Cycles as the only female UK bike builder and is still one of the few. One of her primary interests is making bikes that fit all people – short and tall. They discussed her transition from fine art to making something functional, being a business woman, the appeal of 650 wheels, and of course, building bikes.
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Oct 27th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Ultra runner Courtney Dauwalter recently won the Moab 240 Mile Endurance Run outright by more than 10 hours. The Colorado resident grew up in Minnesota where she competed on the cross-country, track and Nordic-ski teams at her high school - she was an All American for Nordic - and went on to race for the Division I Nordic team at the University of Denver. She has been trail racing for six years now but it was just last year that she captured the attention of the sport with wins at Colorado’s Run Rabbit Run 100 and Arizona’s Javelina Jundred 100K (overall), where she broke both the women’s course record and the overall course record. Four months later in February this year, she set a new American women’s 24-hour record at the Riverbank One Day 24-Hour race in California, running 155.4 miles. The Moab 240 involves anywhere from three to five days on course and traces a giant, single loop of 240-miles with 29,467 feet of elevation gain and descent through the canyons and mountains of eastern Utah. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media channels @WiSP Sports or drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct 26th, 2017 by chrisstafford
With the Audi FIS World Cup ski season starting this weekend in Soeldon, Gabbi Hall catches up with Italy's alpine star Sofia Goggia to hear about her plans for the season including the Olympic Games. The also discuss pressing issues like cooking, and whether Sofia prefers peanut butter or maple syrup when she races in Vermont. And Gabbi tells us why she loves following Sofia on Instagram! Plus there's the latest news of injuries; who's on and who's off the slopes and other insights in Fresh Tracks. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and @SkiRacingMedia. The Inside Line is a co-production of WiSP Sports and Ski Racing Media.
Oct 25th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Kendra Fisher is a Canadian ice hockey goalie and inline hockey player although her story today is not so much about her successes as a professional athlete as the mental illness that changed the course of her career. As a young player she achieved considerable success and was at the point of trying out for the Canadian team when the physical symptoms stopped her in her tracks. She was eventually diagnosed with a Severe Anxiety Disorder, Severe Panic Attacks, Depression and Agoraphobia which were to change her forever. She was forced to leave the national program and put her health first, which took years of treatment and adjustment to learn to live with her mental illness. Kendra has reached a point where she has the tools to manage her conditions and is in a position to help others through motivational speaking and her website Mentally Fit. To find out more about visit mentallyfit.com. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Oct 24th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Ash Nelson's guest this month is Team USA forward Michelle Vitesse who competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games where the team finished 12th and four years later in Rio where they finished 5th. In addition Michelle has a gold medal collection from the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, 2014 Champions Challenge and 2017 World League. She describes herself as 'a bit hard-headed—a loud personality in a little body'! We find out how her personality has evolved and effected her as an athlete, how she deals with change, especially with team coaches and her weirdest dream. For other conversations from the world of women’s sport, visit www.wispsports.com where you find more show notes for this episode, and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 20th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Chris Stafford's guest this week is Lucinda Fredericks who is a familiar name to anyone in eventing having been in the sport since her Junior and Young Rider years turned to a successful senior career with a string of 3 and 4 star horses. Her partnership with Headley Brittania captured the big three - Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky before the mare retired to the breeding barn. Lucinda’s team silver medal on the Australian team in the Beijing Olympic Games was another career highlight followed by a second Olympics in London. While her focus has shifted away from four star level she still has a full yard and her focus now is on training the younger generation, and being groom to her daughter Ellie. You can reach us by email at email@example.com with your comments or post them on our Facebook page at WiSP Sports. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow along on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 19th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Rio Olympic Silver Medalists in the Lightweight Doubles, Lindsay Jennerich & Patricia Obee, are back and their topic is Dealing with Disappointment in competiiton as an individual and in a team. They share their personal experiences of how they coped when they didn't get the result they hoped for or expected, how critical analysis is critically important not just in defeat but also when you win. And why being honest with yourself and your team mates is key to a successful outcome. They also explain why it's important to distinguish critical analysis of yourself as an athlete not your character or personality. The transcript of this episode is in the show notes at www.wispsports.com/dirty-double. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 18th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Dr Lisa Ingarfield, PhD, hosts a new monthly podcast that will address thought provoking and challenging discussions exploring all things women and gender equity in sport. TALKING POINT will provide a platform for deeper conversations about diversity and inclusion when it comes to women’s role in sport, and is intended to provide a means for people to engage and maintain that conversation and keep moving this issues forward so we don’t lose sight of them.
Topic: How women experience marginalization in our culture and how sexism continues to play such a formidable role in our society.
Guest: Joanna Snawder-Manzo, MA, is an expert in women and gender studies who has worked in this field for over 17 years and has extensive experience of women facing issues on college campuses and beyond. Joanna has done work on wage discrimination, Title IX compliance and also in women’s leadership. She is a Certified Start Smart Salary Workshop Facilitator and Women’s Empowerment Model Self Defense Instructor. Joanna considers herself a social justice warrior and an endurance feminist.
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Oct 12th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Zoe George returns to launch a re-vamped show for fans of women’s sport in New Zealand - it's all about Fair Play which covers the news as well as the issues around women’s sport. Joining her again as guest co-presenter is White Ferns player Sophie Devine. Their guests are Sarah Beaman, the woman behind the study into women’s cricket for NZC and they ask what’s been done as a result of the study and whether women are any closer to being treated equally. White Ferns Coach Haidee Tiffen chats about the team’s upcoming tour to the UAE to face Pakistan and shares her thoughts on the state of the women’s game and the impact of this year’s World Cup. And Dr. Sarah Beable stops by to talk about menstruation and contraception - what’s best for our bodies as an athlete and can periods actually help performance? Fair Play is a co-production of Radio New Zealand and WiSP Sports. Executive Producer: Chris Stafford, Producer: Laura Keown. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 12th, 2017 by chrisstafford
We persuaded Gabbi Hall to come back for another episode following her very successful podcasting debut last month and she brought another great guest with her in Canada’s technical specialist Marie-Michele 'Mitch' Gagnon. They discuss Mitch’s summer preparation and plans for the World Cup season, her thoughts on the Winter Olympics and we hear about her new business venture. Gabbi also has the latest Alpine skiing news including an update on the proposal from Lindsey Vonn to race the men, and the FIS pregnancy rule. The Inside Line is a co-production of Ski Racing Media & WiSP Sports. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 6th, 2017 by chrisstafford
That conversation around the State of U.S. Show Jumping was ignited this summer when Katie Prudent spoke out on this podcast. To discuss the response to her comments Chris Stafford is joined by U.S. show jumping team rider Callan Solem, Amateur Hunter Jumper Jennifer Baas who wrote to The Chronicle of the Horse in response and Molly Sorge is Senior Editor and Web Content Editor at The Chronicle. They discuss the different view points that were shared in publications both on and offline as well as social media and The Chronicle forums, and we also hear how the national federation has reacted by establishing an Advisory Group to continue the conversation. If you would like to share your comments on this topic please email email@example.com. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 3rd, 2017 by chrisstafford
Abby Ehler from The Magenta Project is back with friends who are taking part in this year's Volvo Ocean Race. Olympian Annie Lush, who was also on Team SCA in the previous edition of the race, has joined Abby on Team Brunel, and another Olympian, Italy's Francesca Clapcich, is on Dee Caffari's Turn the Tide on Plastic. They discuss the dynamics of the new mixed crew format, why you would endure freeze dried food for months, necessary medical skills and other training, crew rotation and final preparations in the countdown to the race that begins with the prologue from Lisbon to Alicante on October 8th followed by the race start on October 22. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Oct 1st, 2017 by chrisstafford
Elizabeth Emery talks to British Cyclocross racer Helen Wyman and bike advocate Liz Cornish. Helen is 9 times National Cyclocross Champion, two-time European Champion, and a World Championship medalist. She is also a superstar in women’s cyclocross advocacy. Many of the positive changes over the past few years — pay equality, race length, tv coverage — is due to her work as part of the UCI Cyclocross commission. Elizabeth caught up with her in Iowa where she was training in the heat between the first two World Cups of the season – Jinglecross World Cup in Iowa City and Trek Waterloo World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. They discussed her training & racing, the upcoming cyclocross season, working with sponsors, and work towards equality in cyclocross. For more converations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Sep 28th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Gabbi Hall from Ski Racing Media hosts our all new skiing podcast ahead of the start of the Audi FIS World Cup season, which features Fresh Tracks - the latest news and updates of alpine racers including who is looking good in training, who is rehabbing from injury and who to look out for this season. Gabbi’s first guest on The Mixed Zone is Jacqueline Wiles from Aurora, Oregon, a speed skier known as one of the ‘Speed Unicorn’ from Team USA who races Super G, Downhill and Alpine Combined on the World Cup Tour. Jackie won the US National Title in 2013 & 2014 and made her Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games. She achieved her first World Cup podium place earlier this year finishing third in the downhill at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in Austria. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit www.wispsports.com. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Sep 22nd, 2017 by chrisstafford
What do two best friends do after winning a Olympic medal then retiring from a lifestyle that involved spending several hours a day together? After years devoted to their sport of rowing the Canadian Lightweight Pairs partnership of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee have so much more to talk about. What’s it like to be an elite athlete, to win against all odds, to find a winning partnership, to overcome mental and emotional challenges, and how do you face retirement? The Dirty Double will be discussing all these issues and more as they share their experiences and reveal some of the hidden aspects of high performance sport in this monthly podcast. And they tell us how they got they became known as the #dirtydouble. Post your comments or questions on our Facebook Page - WiSP Sports, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSPsports.
Sep 20th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Piggy French has been a popular figure in British eventing since her Junior and Young Rider days when she was a member of the European team gold medal in 2001. She also claimed the individual silver at the 2009 Europeans riding Some Day Soon and a year later rode Jakata at the World Equestrian Games where the pair finished 14th. The partnership went on to finish 9th at the 2011 European where Piggy also won her first senior team medal taking the bronze. After a break to start a family Piggy is back on the British team competing at this year's European Championships with Quarrycrest Echo and a week later finishing second at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with Vanir Kamira. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSPsports.
Sep 16th, 2017 by chrisstafford
U.S. show jumper Alexa Pessoa is adjusting to a new routine as the mother of two children and the wife of rider and Chef d’equipe of the Irish team, Rodrigo Pessoa. With six years between their daughters Sophia and Luciana Alexa is finding the balance between being there for her daughters and making time for her riding career. For her the time spent in the stables is dedicated to the horses and training and it’s important not to be distracted by the demands of being a mother. As she has discovered already, the time passes quickly as she watches children grow and she wants to be the best mother she can be while still enjoying her passion of riding and competing. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSPsports.
Sep 14th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Kate Richardson-Walsh, OBE, has recently retired from international hockey as the most capped player for England with 375 appearances. With Olympic gold and bronze medal from four Olympic Games, Kate has been a part of England's resurgence after failing to qualify for the Athens Games to becoming Olympic Champions in Rio. During the span of her career, during which she captained England and Great Britain for 13 years, she has seen many changes to the team and its leadership. And she has faced her own personal challenges when she and her wife, Helen Richardson-Walsh, also an England hockey player, revealed their relationship. Kate shares a candid account of the highs and lows of her career with Ash Nelson. For more conversations from the world of women's sport viist us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports and @nelson_ashleigh.
Sep 13th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Former Ironman World Champion and World No 1 Siri Lindley has become a highly successful and popular coach with Team Sirius Tri Club the No 1 coaching club in the US. She is also a sought after motivational speaker and author. Her wife Rebekah Keat is also a record breaking professional triathlete turned coach. The couple recently took their love of animals to a new level when they established Believe Ranch & Rescue - a non profit organization that rescues horses from slaughter and dogs from euthanasia. Their plan is to retrain and re-home the animals where they are most needed as therapy for their new owners. This is a compelling story of how animals can rescue humans too. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit the website at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSPsports.
Sep 5th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Clare Connor, Director of England Women’s Cricket talks to Chris Stafford about how the World Cup tournament played out in England this summer where it broke all kinds of records, including a capacity crowd of 27,000 at Lords for the final between England and India. It climaxed with a win for England, a win for women’s cricket, and importantly a win for all women’s sport. And with England’s upcoming tour of Australia for the coveted Ashes, cricket continues to lead the way in extending the audience for women's sport. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSPsports.
Sep 1st, 2017 by chrisstafford
Elizabeth Emery talks to Team Sunweb road racer Coryn Rivera about her stella season and why this team is a good fit for her. Coryn also shares her views on what could be done to improve the status of professional female cyclists for equality and opportunity. Sport Psychologist Julie Emmerman works with professional and amateur athletes as well an non-athletes undergoing life changing events. She also offers advice on team dynamics on what makes a good team player. And Lisa Hunt who is the North West Territory Manager at 2XU, explains the benefits of compression tights. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP sports.
Aug 30th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke was finally crowned the European Eventing Champion in Strzegom— a title she has long been waiting for since she already had the silver and bronze to add to her three team gold medals at these championships. In addition she has accumulated four team gold medals from Olympic and World Games in a career spanning five Olympic Games and including numerous other titles. But this one she had been coveting and with Horseware Hale Bob she pulled off the perfect performance to claim the full set, plus another team silver medal to add to her collection. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Aug 25th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Jessika Kynett will be competing in the USEA American Eventing Championships next week in Tryon, NC, which is the dream of so many amateur event riders. For this police officer from Montana it means so much more — for Jessika this will be her Olympic Games, because she has overcome a Traumatic Brain Injury that she sustained in June 2016, which threatened not only her career but also her riding. Jessika tells the story of how an ordinary trail ride turned into a nightmare, how she found her horse Tanker, who doubles as a police horse and eventer, and why she is pinching herself that her dream is about to come true. The Horse Show is brought to you by Team Ride Safe—the Official Medical Bracelet of WiSP Sports that's designed to be worn all the time and essential for all sportswomen. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and on social media @WiSP Sports.
Aug 22nd, 2017 by chrisstafford
Canadian rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee won the silver medal in the Lightweight Pairs at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, after which they decided to hang up their oars. With over 20 years in the sport Lindsay explains why she was ready to retire. She was an alternate for Beijing 2008, and competed in London 2012 as well as Rio. The pair have stood on two world championship podiums, winning silver in 2011 and 2014 in addition to Lindsay’s gold in 2010 with Tracy Cameron. Patricia’s move into the double came on the heels of her bronze medal in the lightweight single sculls at the 2011 U23 World Championships. After competing in the lightweight single sculls in 2013, Obee re-teamed with Jennerich in 2014 to win their first World Cup medal together, bronze in Lucerne. It was on that same course two years later that they claimed their first World Cup victory as a duo in 2016. Chris Stafford caught up with the pair in Victoria, British Columbia. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and on social media @WiSPsports.
Aug 16th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Kim Donaldson is joined by her former teammate who with 66 caps is Canada’s most-capped female rugby player Gill Florence who has played in five World Cups, making her debut at the age of 18. During that time she also played for Quebec and her home club Ste Anne de Bellevue. They discuss the play so far in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which is taking place in Ireland through August 26th — who has impressed or not and what to expect in the upcoming games and they also take a close look at the state of the game in Canada. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Aug 11th, 2017 by chrisstafford
On this week’s episode of The Horse Show, which is brought to you by Equestrian Collections, Chris Stafford caught up with British eventer Lissa Green who is preparing for her second four star this year as she heads to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at the end of this month. Lissa withdrew before the show jumping phase at Badminton Horse Trials this spring to save her partner Malin Head Clover (Ali G) for another day, and not least of all because she was extremely ill during the event. Lissa is of course the daughter of David & Lucinda Green who have both competed at Burghley, but Lissa, who describes herself as born to ride and bred to event, has her own point to prove. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Aug 4th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Lisa Blair, 32, became the first woman to sail solo around the Antartica when she completed her 184-day journey on July 25th in Albany, Western Australia. She had attempted to break Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov's 2008 record for the fastest solo, unassisted and non-stop trip but her yacht, Climate Action Now, dismasted during the night of the April 4th after 72 days at sea. Lisa was was forced to sail under jury rig to Cape Town where she spent two months while the boat was being repaired. It was a tough mental challenge for the Queenslander but after some moments of reflection she was determined to finish. She now has her sights set on more sailing adventures, such as competing in the Vendee Globe and Volvo Ocean Race, and circumnavigating the Arctic. For more conversations from the world of women's sport, visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Aug 1st, 2017 by chrisstafford
Former U.S. Team cyclists Elizabeth Emery talks to three amazing women cyclists who are from different disciplines, each with unique skills and covering a wide range of what cycling is all about — which is the focus for this new monthly show Off The Front.
Emma Pooley is a former road cyclist and now multi-sport athlete. While road racing, she won 9 Olympic, World, and Commonwealth Games medals, 6 World Cups, and the 2010 Time Trial World Championship. She now focuses on what she loves and is inspired by —racing in the mountains. They discuss the transition from road cycling on a team to the independent life of individual sports, working with sponsors, coaching and training; her future fame and fortune in Pocket Porridge along with lots of other great stuff, including the UCI and improving women’s cycling.
This month’s Training Tip comes from coach Alison Dunlap, who is one of Elizabeth's absolute favorite riders from when they raced together. Alison competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics road race, then switched to mountain biking in 1997. That year she won a World Cup and went on to great success in that sport. She is 2001 Mountain Bike World Champion, 13x National Champion, 2x Olympian, and now proud mom to 6 1/2 yr old son Emmett! She offers a really important tip useful for on the bike, in other sports, and in daily life.
Recently, Elizabeth discovered writer and publisher Elly Blue through her Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming 14th issue of her feminist cycling zine, Taking the Lane. In 2015 she merged her little publishing operation with Microcosm Publishing in Portland, Oregon, where she is now co-owner and marketing director.
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Jul 28th, 2017 by chrisstafford
U.S. Event Rider Savannah Fulton, 21, is considered to be a rising star in the sport having competed in her first four star competition this spring at the prestigious Kentucky Three Day Event. Growing up in a horse oriented family she was inspired at an early age to make a career in the sport and made the best of training with a U.S. team rider in Buck Davidson. She remains level-headed about her ambitions by not wishing to start her own business too soon instead focusing on learning every aspect of being a successful rider. Her goal is to make the U.S. team and she has a great string of horses to help her on her journey. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Jul 24th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Australian Football is growing in popularity and there will be eight nations taking part in this year's International Cup in Melbourne from August 5-19th. Hiiary Perry will return as Vice-Captain for Team Canada and will be joined by ruck Patricia Jaworski. Both women had diverse athletic careers before taking up the sport and they share their experiences of how they became converted to the sport. We also learn some basic rules of the game and how it involves a mix of rugby and soccer. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jul 17th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Ash Nelson talks to a former teammate and Hockeyroos Captain Nikki Hudson who retired in 2009 with 303 caps for Australia — the second highest for a female hockey player. Nikki tells us how, despite her success, some of her biggest challenges were off the field. It's a candid conversation about the realities of being an elite athlete, of being on top of your game and a dependable team player, and then what happens when the applause dies down.She has now found what she believs is her calling farming 180 acres growing trees in NSW. The Circle is brought to you by Cheata Sports Bras. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Jul 14th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Former Canadian World Cup teammates Maria Samson & Kim Donaldson offer their final thoughts on the upcoming 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup which takes place in Ireland from August 9-26. They discuss some of the key players and their records along with the teams for final pools and who to look out for. They also review the recent International Women's Rugby Series which took place in New Zealand. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jul 12th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Chris Stafford talks to renown coach and trainer Katie Prudent about the current state of show jumping in the USA. For more than two decades, Katie was one of the sport's most successful riders.In the first-ever FEI World Cup Final, in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1979, she finished second, and went on to ride in five more finals in the 1980s. She dominated that decade and was selected to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was denied the chance to compete because of the U.S. boycott.Katie was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1986 World Championships inn Aachen. She was named the American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year three times and awarded the Whitney Stone Cup for her superior record in international competition. For many years Katie has been a sought after trainer who tells it like it is. With her strong foundation in horsemanship she now laments how the sport has changed in the US and why the future looks bleak for the US Team. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Jul 7th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Megan Harrod is heading into her fourth season as the Alpine Press Officer for US Ski & Snowboard. As a former ski coach with a background in marketing she has become a popular figure on the White Circus. She brings her passion for the sport and creativity in delivering the message to the media and fans in a form that meets the needs of today’s diverse audiences. Dynamic and versatile, today’s press officer needs to stay on top of social media trends while knowing when the long format fits better than the short format. Megan shares an insight into what it’s like to represent elite athletes in the heat of competition, it’s a skill that is based on trust and respect and why Megan is at the top of her game. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Jun 30th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Coach and event rider Ashley Johnson joins Chris to discuss how and why some coaches are inclined to dominate their riders in a way that inhibits them becoming independent and able to make their own decisions, either in training or competition. It can be argued that some coaches want to be indispensable for their own job security, and riders come to rely on someone telling them what to do because it's less effort for them and enables them to avoid responsibility. Join in the conversation on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @WiSP Sports. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com.
Jun 23rd, 2017 by chrisstafford
Abby Ehler is joined in Bermuda by four women to discuss pathways into the America's Cup, highlighting women in key roles within AC teams: former Team SCA Navigator & Weatherwhiz Meteriologist Libby Greenhalgh, Bermuda sailor & 2016 Olympian Ceci Wollman, Land Rover BAR's Chief Meteriologist Jessica Sweeney and Spain's Elvira Llabres, a computer engineer with performance team Softbank Team Japan working on her 4th America’s Cup. Ceci is the only female on the crew of Team Bermuda and one of two women in this year's Red Bull Youth's America's Cup (RBYAC). Elvira shares her thoughts on opportunities for women in performance analysis and the group consider how the race needs to diversify. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jun 20th, 2017 by chrisstafford
British record breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari has become the first female skipper for the 207-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The 44 year old will lead a 50-50 mixed gender crew with the emphasis on youth while campaigning for a cause that she is passionate about to Turn the Tide on Plastic. This will be a highlight in her career—her sixth round the world trip— in which she has already sailed solo non-stop in both directions breaking records for women in the process. Dee made her debut in the Volvo Ocean Race in the 2014-15 edition with the all-female crew of Team SCA that won the Lisbon - Le Havre leg as well as heading the fleet twice during in-port race and finishing third in the in-port series. Dee will now be breaking new records while making history for women in sailing and Chris Stafford caught up with her just after the announcement was made. For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jun 19th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky have an insightful conversation on this final episode in the series of WiSP IronWomen with Amy Marsh who shares her journey from professional triathlete to cancer survivor. Amy was an all-American swimmer-turned-triathlete who won four Ironman races and two other Iron-distance races in her career. In 2014, Amy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Five rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant later, Amy recently won the overall women’s age group win at the Life Time Tri CapTex Sprint Triathlon. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jun 14th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Chris Stafford talks to British born show jumper Amanda Derbyshire who arrived Stateside as a 21 year old on the brink of her international career eager to explore America while experiencing the different show scene and what opportunities there might be for her here. Her upbringing in the north of England had given her a solid foundation of horsemanship through Pony Club and having the opportunity to work with Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut opened the door to riding good horses—including Big Star at his first show. For the past seven years from starting out with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm in New York learning all about the equitation and hunter jumper worlds, she moved to Becky & David Gochman’s Baxter Hill Farm where she is now the manager and trainer. Amanda currently has four horses at four star level and has been on top form since the winter season in Florida. Returning to Devon Horse Show recently this for the seventh time she was crowned Open Jumper Champion after she won two major classes. Amanda is ambitious about where her career might take her and hopes to earn herself a place on the British team. Chris caught up with her at the Upperville Horse Show this past weekend and asked her about the pros and cons of being based in the U.S.
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Jun 13th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Former Canadian teammates Maria Samson & Kim Donaldson review the recent Rugby 7s—which teams and players shone through. They share their insight on the June Internationals taking place around the world, including the last few test matches before the 2017 World Cup kicks off on August 9th in Dublin. And there's a reminder of the pools for the World Cup and ticket availability if you're planning a trip to Ireland. Our dynamic duo also ask what's happening with the French team, and celebrate a rugby legend in Australia's captain Ashleigh Hewson. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Jun 7th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky present a very special episode of WiSP IronWomen as one of our favorite guests, Hillary Biscay, opens up about her decision to adopt baby Madison Frankie. The Smashfest Queen and Ultraman world champion explains why she and husband Maik chose to adopt, the ups and downs of the process and how life has been so far with their baby girl. Plus news of two of our recent guests, Haley Chura and Linsey Corbin, who finished in the top five at the South American Ironman Championships; we hear about a former pro’s amazing recovery from leukemia, and Sara talks about her own adoption, being reunited with her birth mother and half siblings after 40 years. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPsports.
Jun 5th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Catherine (Cat) Chamberlain, 22, from Temecula, CA has enjoyed a highly successful start to her professional career as a dressage rider and trainer winning medals throughout Junior and Young Rider ranks. However, since the age of 12, she has suffered from depression and an eating disorder before eventually seeking help and she is now enjoying life to its fullest. But her story will resonate with others who have faced similar challenges and she is eager to share how she dealt with the issues that plagued her and undermined her during those formative years. Catherine has competed at the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships five times, bringing home two individual gold medals, three team gold medals and three individual silver medals. She is the 2015 U.S. Young Rider National Champion and represented her country at the Hagen CDIO-Y Nations Cup in Germany in 2015. Catherine competed in the Small Tour division in 2016 during her first season as a professional, winning her first CDI I1 and I1 Freestyle. Catherine's future goals include competing her young mare Sophina in the Under 25 Grand Prix division in 2018 before transitioning to the senior Grand Prix. For more conversations from the world of women’s sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @WiSP Sports.