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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Chris Stafford talks to Lizzie Carr who, at the age of 25, was diagnosed with stage 2 Thyroid cancer that not only turned her world upside down it also made her question her purpose in life and redefined her priorities. She determined that once her treatment was completed and she regained her strength she would put aside her corporate career and embark on a mission she decided would be not only more fulfilling but change the course of her life. So Lizzie took up paddle boarding as a low impact way of regaining strength and fitness after her diagnosis. She then combined it with a national campaign to rid Britain’s waterways of plastic pollution and became the first woman to paddle 400 miles of Britain’s inland waterways on her plastic patrol collecting water samples and trash. This year she became the first woman to paddle board the English Channel solo… that’s 24 miles from Dunganess to Boulogne in 7 hrs while also on plastic patrol. Both of these adventures challenged her physical and mental endurance and now in remission Lizzie has become a woman on an important environmental mission. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter @WiSPsports.
Former Hockeyroos player Ash Nelson brings her vibrant and popular personality to The Circle—an all-new monthly podcast about field hockey with exclusive interviews and perspectives. During her time playing for the Australian national squad Ash developed special relationships with other players and offers a unique insight into this popular team sport. Her passion for the game and enthusiasm for women's sport in general is conveyed in her own inimitable style. Her first guest is Black Sticks' player Pippa Hayward who has played over 100 games for New Zealand and is candid about her journey in the sport. For more conversations from the world of women's sports, visit www.wispsports.com.
May 26th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Beth Davis & Ashleigh Nelson are back with the latest news and views from Australian women's sports including basketball, football, hockey, Australian Olympic Committee, and why Melbourne Tennis Center is considering changing the name of the Margaret Court Arena in response to the tennis legend's recent anti-gay comments. The rising start of Australian basketball Sara Blicav stops by to tell us what's in store for her this season and her long term goals. And Australian diving legend and four-time Olympian Loudy Wiggins shares some insight into the sport and how she made her comback for a fourth Olympics, and we hear about her second career and motherhood too. Ash also has news of her new show, The Circle, that will be launched next month on WiSP Sports Radio. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter @WiSPsports, @bethdavis10 and @nelson_ashleigh.
This week on WiSP IronWomen Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky are joined by Olympian and former 70.3 World Champion Joanna Zeiger. Joanna finished 4th at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion. She is also a 2x Ironman Champion and 15x 70.3 Champion...and these are just some of her accomplishments. The talented Joanna also holds a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from John Hopkins University. She is a researcher and coach and is on the board of directors for TriEqual, a non-profit organization that encourages diversity and equal opportunity in triathlon. Most recently, Joanna has turned her attention to the mental side of sports performance and she shares stories from the careers of successful elite athletes combined with thorough research in “The Champion Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness”. Sara and Alyssa get inside Joanna’s own mind, her personal story of success and misfortune and how she deals with chronic pain day to day. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow on Twitter @WiSPSports.
May 19th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Zoe George and Sophie Devine have another great line up of guests and stories this month discussing everything from team selection to sport’s journalism and mental health to potty parity. Sport’s journalist Melodie Robinson is a familiar face to sports fans in New Zealand. The former Black Ferns player can be found in front of the camera fronting coverage of men’s rugby. Along with fellow journalist, Rikki Swannell, who has been a guest on this podcast, they have created The W Group to empower women in sport and media to achieve their goals. Sophie tell us what it means to her to be selected for this summer’s Cricket World Cup after recovering from injury making this her 81st appearance for the White Ferns, and 21 year old Thamsyn Newton stops by to talk about returning to the squad for her ninth cap. As New Zealanders battle with some form of mental illness—from stress and anxiety to depression, Zoe explains how there’s been a ‘she'll be right’ attitude in the past to mental health issues in sport, but now, NZ Rugby has launched a campaign called Headfirst to openly discuss the ‘black dog’, and Black Ferns Sevens player Ruby Tui tells us why this is important; especially when faced with performance anxiety and the inevitable disappointment of being dropped from a team. As usually, Zoe and Sophie have all the latest news and views from sportswomen on and off the field.
May 11th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Five time Ironman Champion Linsey Corbin joins Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky to talk about her eventful and successful career. Linsey won a string of Ironman races culminating in Austria in 2014 where she set an American record. In 2015, she suffered a setback and has comeback with a fervor to win again. Hear about Linsey’s diet, her love of dogs and her observations about the future of the sport she loves. In other news, Alyssa races in Taiwan while her bike vacations in LA, the Wildflower triathlon is back and a shark is spotted on the swim course at Ironman 70.3 Busselton in Western Australia. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter @WISPsports.
English journalist Rebecca Lowe set off on a cross country bike ride with a difference in July 2015. Having specialized in writing about human rights, justice and the law in the Middle East she determined it was time to travel those dusty roads to breathe the air and feel the political and cultural pulse of the region for herself. For nine months she would traverse 20 countries across 3 continents clocking up 6,835 miles or 11,000 kilometers. Part of her motivation was “to tell stories through the lens of people rather than politics. To shun the abstract for the specific, the exceptional for the commonplace. To bring humans back into the debate.”
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Apr 26th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara delve into the issues surrounding doping, including why this topic has been so hot since the 2016 Olympic Games. Who is really in charge of catching cheaters and why the system is flawed? We catch and treat cheaters like criminals but how do we stop athletes from doping in the first place? Also news from the Boston marathon - the first woman to run the race wasn't Katherine Switzer, after all, yet we applaud Katherine regardless. The Gripe of the Week comes from British Cycling’s recent blunder and the Hype of the Week involves a Canadian company that has expanded their line of mannequins to look like “real athletic women.” The Locker Room is a place where women talk about sports. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter @WiSPSports.
Germany’s Isabell Werth has officially been named the most successful dressage rider ever and is truly a legend in the sport. Her illustrious career spans four decades with partners such as Gigolo Anthony FRH, Satchmo, Fabienne, Warum Nicht FRH, El Santo NRW, Bella Rose, Don Johnson FRH, Emilio and Weihegold. Her medal tally is impressive by anyone’s standards with 10 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 13 European Championships, 14 German Championships —- and this season making it a hat trick of World Cup titles when she won the 2017 trophy in Omaha, Nebraska with the 10 year old mare Weihegold. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Former Canadian Rugby International Maria Samson and Triathlete Sooz Flannigan are back with a round-up of the top women's sports news from Canada, and a guest who used to play football with Maria. Saadia Ashraf is the current Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women’s National Tackle Football Team preparing for the 2017 Women’s World Championships. She was formerly a Quarterback and played in the previous two World Championships. There’s news of the latest inductees to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, plus Canadian women making the headlines in skating, hockey and soccer. Fore more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sport.
Apr 19th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Mirinda Carfrae is a multiple Ironman World Champion, 70.3 World Champion and the fastest runner on the circuit. In 2013, Mirinda ran 2:50:38, at the Ironman World Championship—only two men ran faster! Rinny is now taking a year off training to “grow a little human.” Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky find out all about how she adapted her training schedule—and life—what she is up to at week 23, and what she expects for the future. We also find out what her secrets are to running fast off the bike. Amateur triathlete Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe calls in to ask Rinny a mom-specific question. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
Apr 18th, 2017 by chrisstafford
The Sailing Show is now the Official Podcast of The Magenta Project as Abby Ehler presents the first episode of the series from the Volvo Ocean Race boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. Abby talks to Olympian and former Team SCA member for the 2014-5 Volvo Ocean Race Annie Lush (GBR) and New Zealand National Champion, a former World Champion, and Olympic gold medallist. Jo Aleh (NZL) who are sailing the M32 in Miami, USA. They discuss the M32 Series, the Team Magenta training programs and the opportunities for women to race as part of mixed teams under new rules for the Volvo Ocean Race. To learn more about The Magenta Project visit www.themagentaproject.org and follow on Twitter @TheMagentaProj.
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American mountain climber and hiker Stacey Kozel, whose very effort of putting one foot in front of the other each day is in itself an accomplishment, is currently embarking on another epic adventure. What Stacey challenges herself with are the goals she sets herself to hike over miles of difficult terrain as she pursues some of the toughest country that make up the longest trails in the USA. Now 41, Stacey has suffered from Lupus—a chronic incurable inflammatory disease that attacks the immune system, since she was a teenager. It impacts her in different ways from her spine to her lungs and stomach and has resulted in her becoming a quadriplegic. Not that her complex medical condition has prevented her from living every day to the fullest. With the aid of an exoskeletal Stacey has hiked the 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trial and has just begin to tackle the 2650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail of the U.S. from the Mexican to the Canadian borders. And she hikes alone, not wanting to slow down other hikers or try to keep up with them. Chris Stafford caught up with her in the mountains of Southern California.
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Former Canadian teammates Maria Samson & Kim Donaldson review the game that decided the Six Nations Tournament in Europe and the recent Can-Am seriesand preview the upcoming Four Nations June Series. They also have a special mention for the legend that is 42 year old American Phaidra Knight who was the Player of the Decade in 2010. She received her first cap in 1999 and played in three World Cups. Phaidra has recently been elected to the USA Board of Directors as the International Athlete. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us at email@example.com.
Apr 12th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara get a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. women’s hockey team’s historical pay deal; how they did it and what it means for the future of women’s sport. The team took a stand against inequitable treatment - and won big - at the recent World Championships. Hockey reporter Nicole Haase reveals the details behind the deal they struck and why their approach was successful. This historical action and ensuing pay equity agreement is just one of many wins for women’s sport in recent weeks. The U.S. women’s soccer team also won a settlement for pay equity, as did Ireland’s Football Team, which drew a line in the sand for basic rights. Plus some news as well as the Hype of the Week and a Gripe from the world of professional triathlon. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @ WiSP Sports. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Campbell is an Ireland International and Manchester City defender she spent three years at Florida State University where she experienced very different conditions for women playing professional football. Last week she stood beside her team mates who challenged Ireland’s governing body to provide basic remuneration and resources to its national squad so they no longer had to share team kit such as a track suit or get changed in public restrooms. Their campaign to stand their ground for equality comes at a time which saw the US Soccer and US Ice Hockey teams win their battles for better pay and conditions to gain more recognition for their commitment and contribution to their national team. Megan has previously played for St. Francis, Raheny United. In 2010 she was a member the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad that were runners-up at the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Megan was signed up my Manchester City in February 2016 and is currently rehabbing from an ankle injury at their football academy where she joins me from now.
This week's episode discusses the all important topic of sports bras and the finer points of their development. Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara are joined by Mary Helen Shashy who developed the Cheata Bra, which offers optimum support and comfort for athletes in all sports. We hear how Mary Helen found a way to minimize the bounce which causes the pain that larger women suffer without enough support. You can enter to win a Cheata Bra by going to www.wispsports.com and clicking on the contest sign-up form, and you can also find more conversations from the world of women's sports there. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at email@example.com.
Mar 25th, 2017 by chrisstafford
Sara Gross & Alyssa Godesky talk to super-swimmer Haley Chura who recently won Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires after a year’s hiatus from the sport she loves. In 2015, three weeks before toeing the start line as a professional at the World Championships, Haley was hit by a car during a training ride. Haley shares her ongoing fears of being out on the road and how she is overcoming them. Before wading into the world of triathlon, Haley won a National Championship with the University of Georgia Women's Swim Team and competed in the US Olympic Trials in both 2004 and 2008. In 2013, Haley gave up her job with a thriving accounting firm to go all-in with triathlon as a professional. In her first year as a pro, she won her first 70.3 title in New Orleans. In 2014, Haley won her first Ironman title by over 30 minutes at Ironman Brasil Fortaleza. Sara and Alyssa also discuss the recent launch of Super League Triathlon (sans women) and why the pro start lists are stacked at this stage in the season. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Canadian Rugby team player turned coach Maria Samson returns with a new series of WiSP World Canada and a new co-host; Triathlete Sooz Flannigan from Victoria, BC. They have the latest news about Canadian women in sport around the world and offer an athlete's perspective on the issues affecting sportswomen. Their guest is Canadian Team Bobsledder Alysia Rissling who has just returned from South Korea where she won the bronze medal in the World Cup test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. We hear about what self investment mean to Alysia as she competes for a place on the Canadian team for the games. For more conversations form the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and email us with your comments to email@example.com.
Katie Burnett is a U.S. Team member and currently holds the U.S. 50k Race Walk Record. After graduating high school in Arizona, she went from the race walk being “just another event” to her sport of choice. Katie got her start race walking the summer after 7th grade when she joined a club track team. Early success in the event convinced her to stick with it while pursuing other sports and events until she went to college to throw NCAA Division I javelin. Deciding that the school wasn’t a good fit, she transferred to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. WPU is in the NAIA, which offers the race walk as a track and field event, so she returned to race walking. This change set her on the path that led to 6 NAIA All-American honors in the walk and 1 in the javelin. After college she continued to compete, moving up from the 3k and 5k at the college level to the 20k. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The England Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball have collaborated to launch a three-year campaign to maximise the legacy of hosting three consecutive World Cups and build a fan base for women’s team sports. They have an ambitious target to ensure all 7-13-year-old girls across the country have the opportunity to experience the benefits of team sport. One of the players who is helping to promote this initiative is England cricketing all rounder Georgia Elwiss. Georgia made her international debut for England in 2011. Having featured in the 2016 World Twenty20, she was named as the captain of Loughborough Lighting in the inaugural Kia Super League. For more conversations from the wotld of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us your commments, questions and suggestions to email@example.com.
Chris Stafford talks to U.S. born Canadian Jamie Sinclair, 25, who has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and is checking off all the boxes along the way. Her recent U.S. National Championship crown is a career highlight for the now Minnesotan resident whose passion for Curling is infectious. Jamie was encouraged into the sport at the age of nine with her older brothers and collected medals as a Junior for Canada before being recruited to the U.S. National squad. She graduated from Carleton University with an Honors Degree in International Business and is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. Jamie revels in this game of chess on ice and now calls the shots as the Skip. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
WiSP World Australia is back with a new season as Beth Davis from Melbourne and former Hockeyroos player Ashleigh Nelson in Perth have a packed show of news and two great guests. Olympic steeplechaser Genevieve LaCaze joins them to talk about her career and season plans from the Australian Team Camp in Falls Creek. Ash' former Hockeyroos teammate Stacie Joseph talks about coaching opportunites for women in the sport and what her dream job would be. Plus the latest from around Australian women's sports including the National Bastkeball League, AFL, the Matildas and the amazing freestyle aerial skier Lydia Lassila. For more conversations form the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. You can drop us a line too with any comments, questions or suggestions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.