The Global Women’s Sports Network

In A History of Rugby, written by Penny Hopkins and narrated by Chris Stafford, we explore the origins of the game, why women were first playing in secret, Miss Emily Valentine's role in the game and chronicle the sport's development from World War II through to the establishment of Rugby Sevens, the introduction of international competitions and participating nations through to the advent of professional status for women and the prospects for the 2017 World Cup. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Big Wave Surfer Paige Alms recently won the notorious JAWS event in Hawaii and is one of few who have successfully paddled into Peahi.  At 28 years old, the Canadian has made Maui her home where she is guaranteed the big waves she needs to train. Paige is considered the world’s best female big wave surfer in a sport that carries high risk and demands boundless courage to ride a wave that can swallow you up and carry you under. There are relatively few women among the ranks of this male dominated sport but Paige has been riding the waves for 18 years. She made her competitive mark by winning the NSSA Open Women’s Explorer’s title in 2006. In 2015 she stole the surf world’s attention when she threaded through the barrel of a 20-foot-plus wave she paddled into at Jaws. Also in 2015, Alms was nominated for a ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and received the Women’s Best Overall Performance Award at the WSL Big Wave Awards. For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and if you like what we do share on social media by following us @WiSP Sports.

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This week in the locker room, where women discuss issues in the sports world, Sara & Kelly are joined by Sally Bergesen, CEO of Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company based in Seattle, WA, to discuss marketing to and sponsoring female athletes, why this is a lucrative market and that clothing is an important aspect of empowering sportswomen.  And Sara introduces a new segment to the show - Gripe of the Week!  Tune in to find out what's irking her this week. Fast becoming a much anticipated show, don’t miss our bi-weekly episodes by visiting www.wispsports.com and check out all the other global women’s sports coverage.  Join in the conversation on our social media @WiSP Sports.

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Powder Run: S1E2

Ski Coach & Former US Team Ski Racer Jessica Kelley has an update on the Audi FIS World Cup skiing season beginning with the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Killington, VT this past weekend where France's Tessa Worley and American Mikaela Shiffrin took the top honors in front of a partisan crowd. Jess offers her perspective on who is trending up and down since the season got underway in Solden, Austria before heading to Levi in Finland and on to the Eastern USA for the first World Cup race in 25 years. We also hear about the athletes who have been sidelined with injury and how their absence may impact the tour as training gets underway for the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada this weekend. Catch Jess every month as she shares the news and views from the slopes. In the meanwhile, visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

Retired Ironman Champion Sara Gross and Canadian Rugby International Maria Samson are joined by 2016 Rio Olympic 75kg Wrestling Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe who shares her Olympic performance, how she gets in the zone, and how her life has changed since becoming Olympic Champion.  As sportswomen from three diverse sports their discussion on body image reveals an insight into how elite athletes cope with something that effects all women and their frank conversation and perspectives send a powerful message.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social medai @WiSP Sports.

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Walk Don’t Run - The Race Walking Show - race walker Cindi Leeman joins Sara Gross to bring you the latest podcast about this fast growing sport that made its Olympic debut for women in 1992.  Their first guest is Bonnie Stein who has been teaching, training and race-walking for 28 years - she is known as Tampa Bay’s ‘Walk Your Talk’ Coach for helping thousands of people of all ages to take up the sport. Join Cindi & Sara every month to find out more about what's happening in the sport. For more global women’s sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Welcome to the latest WiSP Sports Radio podcast Locker Room Talk with Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara. Conversations that are disrespectful and derogatory - too often towards women - are frequently downplayed and disregarded as “Locker Room talk.” Sara and Kelly team up in a show that turns the tables on this notion. It’s not a show about women’s sport per se, but women talking about sport. In this first episode Sara and Kelly talk about the U.S. presidential election, and, most importantly, how we create a space for women in one of the most masculine arenas in the western world - Sport and why “mansplaining” is more than an occasional annoyance. Plus some controversial news about women athletes in surfing and running. Join Sara and Kelly now, in the Locker Room.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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This week on the WiSP IronWomen podcast, recently retired multiple Ironman champion Mary Beth Ellis shares insights and wisdom from her highly successful triathlon career. Hear her conversation with Sara Gross about how she got into the sport, how she became really good, really fast, and what’s next in life for Mary Beth. Alyssa Godesky joins Sara on the show for a quick chat about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election - how something as simple as sport can help heal great divides, and what TriEqual is doing to provide opportunities for women in triathlon. And, Karen Thibodeau is back as Sara's co-host on her way to a blind date. Laugh, contemplate and celebrate the women of triathlon with us on WiSP IronWomen.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Zoe George is joined again by Karen Nimmo for another packed episode of WiSP World New Zealand live from Radio New Zealand in Wellington. On this month’s episode - Homosexuality in sport - Sally Shaw shares her research into sexual identity in sport in New Zealand.
New Zealand Cricket has been neglecting women in the sport for more than 25 years and we hear the latest research from Liz Dawson - the stats and what can be done to effect a change for the better makes for an interesting discussion. Laura Keown talks to 2015 Challenge Taupo Champion Bronwyn MacGregor to hear how she feels about defending her title in this premier cycling event. Plus a ton of news of Kiwi women across a variety of sports and, not forgetting, an update on Zoe’s show biz career. For more global women’s sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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The Sailing Show returns with a new series of news, views and interviews from around the world. The Magenta Project sailors: Abby Ehler and Carolijn Brouwer bring us up to date with women's news from new rules for the Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series, Vendee Globe, World Match Race Series, GC32 Race Series, Oman Sailing women's programme preparing for Saudi Arabia The Tour. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Maria Samson launches WiSP Radio's newest podcast - Ruck On; The Rugby Show. Each month the former Canadian international and co-host of WiSP World Canada, will bring the latest news and views as well as game action and qualifying results in the lead up to the 2017 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Ireland next August.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis and Ashleigh Nelson return for a new season of WiSP World Australia after the summer hiatus enjoying a festival of sport including the Rio Olympic Games and they have two great guests from those Games. Javelin thrower Kim Mickle who tells of her disappointing games when her shoulder dislocated during competition. She is now rehabbing following more surgery and in the meanwhile has taken up football which is challenging her in very different ways from fitness to technique. Trap Shooter Catherine Skinner had very different fortunes in Rio and tells of her amazement in winning Olympic gold and what's in store next for the 26 year old who now has her sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Visit is at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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WiSP IronWomen: S2E1

The WiSP IronWomen podcast is back: Sara Gross and co-host Karen Thibodeau launch the new series with a short game of “What do you know?” in which we find out that, while she loves swimming, biking and running, Karen has some homework to do when it comes to Triathlon’s legends. 

Sara talks to athlete, coach and author Siri Lindley who just released her first book with writer Julia Polloreno. Hear all about how Siri and Julia worked together to create the masterpiece and get behind-the-scenes insights into some of the book’s crazy stories. In 2000-2002 Siri dominated the ITU World Cup series winning race after race including the World Championships in 2001. Siri then retired while at the top and pursued her passion to help others reach their potential in triathlon and now coaches a great group of athletes who are part of Team Sirius. A well-spring of positive energy, Siri knows how to get the best out of people. Her incredible coaching career includes Olympic medalists, Multiple Ironman World Champions including her legendary partnership with Mirinda (Rinny) Carfrae. Siri and her partner Rebekah (Bek) Keat are also the first openly gay couple in the triathlon limelight, a happy ending to the a long struggle described on the pages of Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly. 

Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.
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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson are back with our news magazine show that covers the news of women in Canadian sport. Canadian Olympic Middle-distance runner Hilary Stellingwerff stops by to review her performance in Rio, her retirement from track running to take up road racing, and how she feels about young girls getting into sport. 

Andrea Katz from Fit Communications discusses the reasons why it’s important to offer a wide range of opportunities for young girls in sport and the issues they face.  Visit www.wispsports.com for more global women’s sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Catriona Morrison, MBE, is a multiple Duathlon World Champion and multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlon Champion. Since retiring from professional sport in January 2015, Catriona has spent most of her time developing Everactiv - a kid’s activewear company.  She tells us what she learned during her years as a pro athlete, how she felt receiving her MBE from Prince Charles and her vision for Everactiv. Catriona and business partner Linda Barklay have recently launched an initiative called Club Everactiv, designed to give back to kid’s sports clubs across the UK.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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Greek born Juliana Buhring, who has dual German-English nationality, is an ultra endurance cyclist.  She has taken on some of the longest bike rides in the world in the past four years having discovered the sport more by opportunity rather than ambition. Juliana was raised in the religious sect Children of God and suffered shocking abuse from which she eventually broke free only later to lose the love of her life in a tragic accident. It was during this period of grieving that she was inspired by a friend to start biking and take on marathon challenges.  In 2012 Juliana cycled around the world which took 152 days from Naples to Naples with 144 pedaling days for which she made the Guiness Book of Records. A year later she took on the inaugural Transcontinental Race from London to Instanbul. In 2014, she won the women’s category and finished fourth in the Trans Am Race from Oregon to Virginia over 4, 322 miles and 20 days. And this year she completed the Race Across America crossing 12 states and 3000 miles. 

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Powder Run is a brand new podcast in which former U.S. Team Racer Jessica Kelley presents the latest news and views from the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour beginning with a season preview. Who will be at the start gate this weekend in Solden for the first Giant Slalom race and who will be missing in Austria? Hear Jess' predictions for the race and who to watch out for when the tour move to the U.S.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports. Email info@wispsports.com with your comments, questions and suggestions. 

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Kitesurfing: Daniela Moroz

On Sport in Focus this week we take a closer look at Kitesurfing with the newly crowned world champion Daniela MorozA sophomore at Campalindo High School near San Francisco, Daniela has been kitesurfing internationally for the past three years and recently beat the reigning world champion in China to snatch the title.  All you need is a board and kite to harness the waves and the wind, much like sailing -  it’s a sport that is very exciting to watch producing great images and is becoming increasingly popular although it’s still in the shadows compared to mainstream sports. For more information and resources visit www.wispsports.com where you'll find much more global women's sports coverage. And join us on social media @WiSP Sports. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at info@wispsports.com.

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Runner and journalist Tara Campbell narrates her story of living with ADHD, how she faced her diagnosis, came to terms with its prognosis and accepted the love and support that enabled her to move forwards with her career, her sport and her relationship.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage. Join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Moira Lassen is the first woman to be elected to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and is also Chair of its Women's Commission. A recent decision by the IWF to add a weight category thus ensuring female weightlifters achieve gender parity was the result of her work to continually develop the sport for women. Moira explains where the sport is now and how women are making their mark for athletes today and future generations in all roles. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for resources in weightlifting and more global women's sports coverage. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross & Kelly O’Mara wrap up their humorous and somewhat cynical review of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games highlighting the headlines, scandals and dramas both on and off the field. Their conclusions on the challenges facing the IOC before the next games to damage limitation on fallout from Rio; WADA’s credibility, doping control and where is ‘Fancy Bear’?  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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The Horse Show: Bettina Hoy

British-based German Eventing Olympian Bettina Hoy recently found her winning form at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (CCI3*) riding the 10 year old Westfalian gelding Seigneur Medicott. This came just a week after finishing sixth at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (CCI4*) with her Rio Olympic Games Reserve; the 12 year old Westfalian gelding Designer 10.  Chris Stafford spoke to Bettina in an exclusive interview for WiSP Sports Radio. 

Visit Bettina's Facebook Page here and follow her on Twitter @BettinaHoy and join us at www.wispsports.com and @WiSP Sports.
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Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara discuss the brilliance and banality surrounding the Paralympics, the cloak and dagger shrouding the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and why these games are a challenge to follow.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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A History of Netball

A History of Netball by Penny Hopkins, narrated by Chris Stafford, tells the story of netball from its origins on America's eastern seaboard in 1891 to its evolution across commonwealth countries, the emergence of sponsorship and surge of media attention that has made it a hugely popular global sport with 20 million players in 80 countries. Hear how it developed and which teams are a force to be reckoned with in the modern era.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Visually impaired Paratriathlete Christine Robbins and her guide Sasha Robbins will be representing Canada at the Rio Paralympics. Sara Gross caught up with them during a training session in Victoria, BC to hear about their preparation for the games.

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Canadian Paralympian Chantel Givens tells fellow triathlete Sara Gross about growing up as an athletic child despite missing a hand at birth, her transition from diver to triathlete and her excitement about being selected for the Paralympic team in Rio.  Chantel explains the adaptations to her bike and how she learned to transition from swim to bike to run. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World New Zealand

Zoe George has another great show from Wellington with guest co-host Karen Nimmo sitting in for Katrina Grant. Their guests are NZ Paralympics CEO Fiona Allen live from Rio on what we should expect from New Zealand Paralympians at the games; Dr. Stacy Sims who has just released a book called Roar about female physiology plus media coverage of the Olympics with Toni Bruce from the University of Auckland. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media with us @WiSP Sports.

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This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara and Kelly discuss all things Paralympics, where it started, what it means and why we should tune in. Listen as Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara do a quick run down of everything you need to know about the games after the games - from how it got started to what sports are played.  How are para-athletes categorized and is it fair?  Why Down Syndrome athletes are fighting for inclusion.  What's the purpose of the other parallel Olympic movements like the Special Olympics and Deaflympics? All this and more on this week's episode of Five Ring Circus. 
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Canadian Show Jumper Amy Millar, 39, made her Olympic debut in Rio riding the nine-year-old gelding Heros and began the individual competition with a clear round.  Alas the team narrowly lost to Germany in a jump-off for the team bronze medal but for Millar this was a career highlight in her first championships. Her father, Ian, 69, (aka Captain Canada) has already competed in 10 Olympic Games and with her six-year-old daughter Lily already following in her footsteps, these Olympics have made Millar even more ambitious to continue the family tradition of becoming a multi-Olympian. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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Between the Olympic Games and Paralympics Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara pause to reflect on what just happened in Rio. The human cost of mega sporting events vs. the tangible, intangible and often hypothetic “good” of the Olympic Games.  How did the refugee team do? At the end of the day, You can’t measure a change in attitude. On U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte - if he had said “extorted” instead of “robbed” this might never have been an issue. Kelly added “vocabulary is not his strong point.” Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Lee Craigie from Glasgow, is a former Scottish and British Cross Country Bike Champion who competed for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She is one of the co-founders of The Adventure Syndicate - a visionary group of bike riders whose mission is to encourage more women and girls to challenge themselves - and mostly spends her time promoting the sport wherever her travels take her. The group completed the Highland Trail _550 this summer around the remotest reaches of Scotland which she says was deeply rewarding to reach that level of achievement and self-satisfaction. With a ride across the Pyrenees in France next on her list of challenges, Lee and The Adventure Syndicate are truly motivating not just younger generations but all ages to get out on their bike and really their dreams. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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This week on the Five Ring Circus, Sara and Kelly ask “WTF just happened in Rio?”  Listen as Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara discuss Caster Semenya and ask “Does women’s sport need protection?”  Who gets to decide who is a woman for the purposes of competition and on what basis?  Then, why did Ryan Lochte lie about being mugged?  Hear all about the stories from the Games that are not meant for television.  And never, ever lie to your mom.

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Security issues and commentator faux pas dominate the news this week as Sara and Kelly ask "Is Olympic Coverage sexist?" 

On Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara talk about all the latest news from Rio. This week's topic is: "Is Olympic Coverage sexist?" 

Security continues to be a major issue in Rio with numerous incidents over the last seven days. US commentators are being held accountable on social media for comments made about female athletes and all the while feats of sporting greatness are accomplished, records are set and champions are made. 

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The Opening Ceremony is tonight and after weeks of criticism and questioning, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara are back with nine awesome stories to watch out for in Rio. 

Doping scandals and security problems have filled our news feeds from Rio, but today we bring you nine reasons to smile. 

Hear about the sports that have been added to the Olympic roster for 2020, the inspiring refugee team competing under a neutral flag and how Title IX has helped the US women’s team become a sporting powerhouse. 

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Canadian Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland was a World Junior Champion and an under-23 and Commonwealth Games Silver medalist. Despite this clear display of talent, a career plagued with injuries, illness and finish-line collapses has kept her out of the Olympic Games.

Now recovered from a recent bacterial infection, Kirsten talks to countrywoman and Ironman Champion Sara Gross about her erratic career and her thoughtful approach to the Olympic Games in Rio. 

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This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara ask the big question: Is the Olympic Movement a force for good?

Hear all the latest news including an update on the doping scandal, a look at the survey that claims people are losing interest in the Olympic Games, plus further insight into how athletes and sponsors are dealing with Rule 40 and the advertising blackout period that is now in effect. 

Listen as Sara and Kelly discuss how things are shaping up in Rio, from bad plumbing in the Olympic Village, to residents of local favelas who have been moved out of their homes to make way for the impending games. 

Do we still have that shared cultural experience of watching and cheering for our Olympic heroes?

How does the arrival of the Games, with big money and big infrastructure effect the local people in a place like Rio De Janeiro? 

All this and more, on Five Ring Circus. For more women's sports coverage, news and interviews, visit www.wispsports.com or follow us on Twitter @wispsports
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With a week to go before the opening ceremony in Rio, Zoe George and Katrina Grant have another all-star cast on this month's Olympic themed episode.  Alana Nichols will be New Zealand's main hope in the road walking event and she joins us from her training base in Switzerland ahead of her departure for Rio. Sports Psychologist Karen Nimmo offers an insight into what Olympic athletes may be going through and how to overcome the nerves of such a big event to focus on performance. Gymnast Courtney McGregor tells us about her last minute preparation from her training base in the U.S. and who will be the ones to beat in Rio. And New Zealand's Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith talks about the Kiwi Olympic team, its representation, diversity and final road to Rio.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Britain's Weightlifter RebekahTiler,17, heads to Rio as the only woman on their team. The Yorkshire teenager has already claimed numerous records in her short career but has modest expectations in her Olympic debut. She is the Commonwealth and European Champion, World silver medalist and current British record holder for Clean and Jerk. She shares her mental preparation for success and how her local butcher has uniquely supported her ambitions.  Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson return with another packed show of the latest Canadian news focusing on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We hear from Olympic Freestyle Wrestler Jasmine Mian about her preparation for Rio. Paralympic swimmer turned wheelchair basketball player Darda Sales shares her story of switching sports at Olympic level. And wheelchair rugby player Miranda Biletski has a unique story as she will be the only woman on the Canadian team in Rio.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In this BlogCAST from Off Side - Courting a Culture of Respect - Sara Gross questions the conflict and unbalance among sport's federations and event organisers when it comes to equality and fair play. You can read the blog at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Five Ring Circus: S1E4

Money, Sponsorship, and who gets what.  How Olympic athletes make their money and how some American Olympians are demanding an equitable distribution of revenue. Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara bring us another episode of Five Ring Circus starting with an update on the Russian doping scandal and security concerns in Rio. This week’s main topic is money, sponsorship and who gets what. Find out how Olympic athletes make their money, how sponsors are effected by rule 40 and the five-week advertising black out period. Hear how some athletes and independent groups are protesting and how the rules have changed in 2016. Learn about the myth of “amateurism” and how full-time, professional Olympic athletes are dependent on National Federations, sponsorship and prize money. Are the sponsors lining their pockets while the athletes live below the poverty line?

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WiSP World USA

Jess Kelley joins Chris Stafford again for this month's WiSP World USA with news of US athletes heading to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USA's first double gold medalist in summer and winter sports Alana Nichols talks about her transitions from alpine skiing where she won a gold medal in Vancouver to a gold in Beijing. She is now one of the first athletes to compete in the para-kayaking when the sport debuts at the Paralympics in Rio this summer.  One of the USA's main hopes for a medal in Rio is the on form Judoka and good friend of WiSP Sports, Marti Malloy who has featured in our Estrada para Rio series where she shares her Olympic training schedule. You can hear that on this month's episode along with an extract from Five Ring Circus, our weekly Olympic podcast which focuses on the issues surrounding the games such as gender identity - take a listen. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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Kate Doughty has made the successful transition from representing Australia as a para-equestrian in World Championships to an Olympic triathlete heading to her first games in Rio. Into the final weeks of preparation, Kate shares her training schedule and how the countdown is going in training camp before the team heads to Florida for acclimatization en route to Rio. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Canadian Triathlete Sarah-Anne Brault had early success on a world stage with 4th and 7th place finishes at the World Series races in Auckland and Yokohama respectively before setbacks sent her and coach Jamie Turner back to the drawing board. Two years, and a whole lot of learning later, Sarah-Anne is healthy and preparing to have the race of her life at the Olympic Games in Rio. Sarah-Anne talks to Sara Gross about growing up in Manitoba, doing the Kids of Steel Program, and her progression to elite athlete and Olympian.  

Visit our website www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles, news and Olympic happenings and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us at info@wispsports.com.


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In Ashley Johnson's latest BlogCAST she shares advice on how professional athletes can make sport a successful business. Ashley's experience at the highest level in the sport of eventing demonstrate how the day to day  management and marketing are key with attention to detail what makes the difference between ordinary and exceptional.  Visit our website at www.wispsports.com for more blogs, videos, podcasts, articles and the latest on the Rio Olympic Games both in and out of competition. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at info@wispsports.com.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis & Ashleigh Nelson have the latest news of Australian athletes selected for the Rio Olympic Games and offer their predictions for medal prospects. Olympic gymnast Olivia Vivien stops by to discuss the news that the Western Australian Institute of Sport has announced it will end its artistic gymnastic program at the end of the year and what this means for gymnasts with Olympic aspirations.  Rio bound Taekwondo fighter and Australia's first ever World Champion Carmen Marton talks about her Olympic preparation and explains some of the basic rules of the sport and who the medal prospects are in Brazil. WiSP World Australia will be back in September to review the Rio Olympic Games and preview the Paralympics. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com for more Olympic news, podcasts, videos, articles and blogs on women in sport and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Five Ring Circus: S1E3

This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara ask: “Do we really need gender testing in women’s sport?”  From the days of nude parades to chromosome and testosterone testing, women who are too fast or too strong or do not look a certain way have come under suspicion that they are somehow not fully “female.”  Listen as Sara and Kelly discuss all the issues relating to gender including the history of “gender verification,” the fact that gender is not binary, and fairness for intersex and transgender athletes. For more Olympic coverage, podcasts, videos, articles, blogs, news visit our website at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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On this episode of Athlete Profile, Sara Gross talks to Rio-bound Canadian triathlete Amelie Kretz.  Amelie was a bronze medalist at the International Triathlon Union U23 World Championship in 2013 and that same year that she won the World Cup event in Edmonton Canada. She was named elite U23 athlete of the year by Triathlon Canada in 2013 and 2014. Her second career World Cup podium came in 2015 in Mooloolaba, and she posted her first top-10 finish at the World Triathlon Series in London in 2012. In 2016, Amelie achieved a career-best result at a World Triathlon Series event placing eighth in Yokohama which put Canada in a position to qualify three women for Rio. Visit www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, BlogCASTS, blogs and articles and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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In this WiSP BlogCAST - Stride for Stride - How to Achieve Goals, equestrian Ashley Johnson shares some of her philosophies that have made her a top rider, coach and trainer in the sport of eventing. There are some tips for riders and more general advice and observations on how to succeed in sport and in life whatever your goals. Narrated by Ashley Johnson. Read Ashley’s Blog at www.wispsports.com where you will also find news, videos, podcasts, articles and more.  Follow us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.
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Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara headline the latest situation in Olympic doping focusing on the Russian and Kenyan situations, and also what the cost of the Games is on local people in Brazil, the politics of sponsorship and viewing the games in Virtual Reality - a first for an Olympic Games. They also ask if the all-or-nothing trials is the best athlete qualification and selection format. Tune in every week to get the latest scoop on all the issues surrounding the Olympic Games and Paralympics this summer on Five Ring Circus. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for videos, blogs, featured articles, Olympic history and news. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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In this new exclusive WiSP Sports Podcast - Five Ring Circus -  Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara discuss all the big issues of the 2016 Olympic Games. From police protests to doping, the mugging of Paralympians, body parts on beaches, testosterone testing and dead jaguars, all the ups and downs of the first South American Olympic Games are unpacked.  On this week's show, Sara and Kelly ask "Is the negative press leading up to these Games really worse than in past years?"  For more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and news about women in sport around the world visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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Germany's rising star of eventing Julia Krajewski has just been named as a reserve for the Rio Olympics in a year which is already the highlight of her career. Riding Samourai du Thot, the 27 year old rider who is based in Warendorf, the home of the German Federation's training center, made a big impression by finishing third at the recent Luhmuhlen CCI4* event in Germany. The pair led after dressage at their first four star event and completed a foot perfect round on the cross country to convince the team selectors to name them for their first Olympic call up.  In the meanwhile, they will have the honor of being the guinea pig dressage ride at Aachen CIC03* on July 15-16 to get the feel of a big arena.  Find out more about our podcast, videos, blogs, articles and news of women in sport around the world at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson are back with the latest news, views and great interviews with London Olympian Modern Pentathlete Donna Vakalis who will be representing Canada in Rio. Donna shares her hectic training schedule for five events, which includes fencing and equestrian coaching in Lexington, KY.  Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball player Erica Gavel who is also Rio bound for the Paralympics later this year, tells us what it takes to master the wheelchair and the sport at the highest level and what her Olympic journey means to her. And Sports Psychology Consultant Danelle Kabush stops by to tell us about her new blog - Brain over Brawn for WiSP Sports in which she addresses some mental challenges for success as an athlete and as a mother. Plus all the latest news of Canadian athletes named for this summer's Olympic Games and Paralympics. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and the very latest news of women in sport around the world and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.. 

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WiSP World USA

Chris Stafford & Sara Gross present this month's WiSP World USA with guests mountain biker Lea Davison who is on the road to her second Olympic Games after the upcoming World Championships in the Czech Republic. Lea talks about her season so far, which included a few stitches, and Little Bellas, the organization she founded with her sister to give young girls a start in mountain biking. Pan American Gold & Silver Medalist and London Olympic Reserve U.S. dressage rider Heather Blitz talks about coaching Paralympic Equestrian Annie Peavy and the four women team's chances at this summer's games. Plus news of other U.S. Olympic teams and their medal chances. Visit our website at www.wsipsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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British eventer Lissa Green has bounced back from an horrific rotational fall in 2014 to build a strong team of horses and find herself aiming for her first four star later this year. Her perseverance and cheerful disposition are in her genes, after all her mother is the legendary five-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green MBE. Lissa has inherited the classical riding style that was her mother's hallmark and with it the talent and determination to make it to the top of the sport. A graduate of Bristol University with a BA in Criminology she admits to watching a lot of CSI, and being a big fan of her brother Freddie who is the drummer in the rock band The Dirty Youth.  

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis and Hockeyroos' Ashleigh Nelson are joined by the youngest member of the Australian Olympic team - 2016 Junior Champion in both the 400m & 200m  Jessica Thornton, 17, talking about her Olympic dream, which she is already turning into reality. Sharni Layton from the Australian Diamonds Netball Team talks about the changes happening in her sport. And world record breaking 4 x gold medalist Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole talks about her Olympic journey this summer.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us and share on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World New Zealand

Zoe George and Silver Ferns Netball player Katrina Grant have another great show from the Radio New Zealand Studio in Wellington where they are joined by NZ weightlifter Tracy Lambrechs, who is bidding for her slot on the Olympic team, a recent Queen's birthday honoree Lesley Murdoch talking about women in sport's governance and the media, and the departing Netball NZ CEO Hilary Poole on what's next for the sport in New Zealand and for her personally. Plus loads of news from cricket, rugby, tennis, doping, sport's politics, and of course what Zoe and Katrina are up to this month. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles, news and results. Follow us @WiSP Sports and share on social media.

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WiSP World UK

Dee Caffari MBE has just returned from coaching the Omani Sailing Team in France and is preparing to take on the National Three Peaks Challenge. She is joined in the co-host seat by Laura Winter and their guest is British Rower Charlotte Taylor who is heading fro her first Olympic Games having only recently taken up the sport as a hobby.The British Rowing team comes under discussion along with all the latest news from the UK including an overhaul in the England Cricket Team to the Champion's Trophy Hockey, French Open Tennis, Women's Cycling Tour, Dubai World Series Squash, Soccer, Boxing, Gymnastics and the Modern Pentathlon Team is announced for Rio.  All that and what Dee and Laura think about the latest episode of Backstroke & Boobs with advice on how women cyclists can protect their girls bits!  Visit our website for all the latest news, videos, blogs and more at at www.wispsports.com and follow and share us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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This month on WiSP IronWomen, co-hosts Sara Gross and Karen Thibodeau discuss how athletes handle obstacles and overcome setbacks. Sara talks to multiple Ironman and 70.3 winner Angela Naeth who is recovering from a setback that lasted six months. Hear how Angela coped with being attached to a picc line for four weeks. Sports psychologist and multiple World Xterra medalist Danelle Kabush PhD shares her advice on how to overcome obstacles big and small. For more podcasts as well as videos, news and interviews visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us @WiSP Sports.

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U.S. Team Pan American Gold Medal Dressage rider Heather Blitz and Sports Psychologist Dr. Inga Wolframm from The Netherlands join Chris Stafford to discuss what they believe makes good riders great. As well a talent it also takes certain characteristics and mental skills to make it to the top and become a champion. Heather also shares her insight into the benefits of rider biomechanics. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us @ WiSP Sports. 

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson are joined this month by Canadian Olympic1500 metre runner Hillary Stellingwerff who is focused on her road to Rio. Coach and Olympic Weightlifter Marilyn Chychota stops by to promote her new exclusive video series for WiSP Sports: A Champion's Mind. And hear these three pro athletes discuss which Olympic sports they will be watching this summer. Plus all the latest news involving Canadian athletes around the world. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World USA

Jessica Kelley and Whitney Powell are back with a Stateside perspective on women's sports including the latest news from the Meldonium doping scandal to French Open and Zika Virus. Campaigning for the Rio Olympic Games is U.S. Team Race Walker Miranda Melville who shares her own journey as well as some facts about road walking, her training regime and Olympic dream. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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In this episode of Transcending Sport @saragross talks to former professional triathlete @janellemorrisonJanelle shares her story about how a hideous car accident gave her a renewed perspective on sport, life and balance.

Six years ago, Janelle Morrison was a professional Ironman triathlete. In 2010, everything came to a halt in a near-fatal car accident. Two years later, she made an impossible recovery and came back to race again, placing 3rd in the elite division at Ironman Canada.  It was an amazing feat, yet as she crossed the finish line she realized that she was still missing life.  A singular focus on results, what other people thought of her, and a deep need to prove something was taking all the joy and fulfillment out of the process.  After a lifetime of extreme activity Janelle discovered the joy of stillness.

For more women's sports coverage, news, views and interviews visit our website www.wispsports.com or follow us on twitter @wispsports
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The number one supplement used by elite and amateur athletes today is caffeine. In Nutrition Notes – The Caffeine Series, Ironman Champion Sara Gross and elite Dietician Ruth McKean will help you get the most out of your caffeine intake. In this fourth episode, Ruth and Sara consolidate everything we have learned and give you all the tools you need to use caffeine effectively for your next competition.

Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSPSports.
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The number one supplement used by elite and amateur athletes today is caffeine. In Nutrition Notes – The Caffeine Series, Ironman Champion Sara Gross and elite Dietician Ruth McKean will help you get the most out of your caffeine intake. In this third episode, learn how to manage your dosage for improved race performance. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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In Nutrition Notes, Ironman Champion Sara Gross and experienced sports dietician Ruth McKean have an in depth conversation about performance nutrition in a bite-sized podcast.  In this second of four episodes they discuss how to time your caffeine intake to maximize performance.  Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World UK

Chris Stafford sits in for Dee Caffari this week with Laura Winter and a great line up of athletes with Rio on their minds.  Para Cyclist Megan Giglia tells her amazing story of overcoming a stroke and broken back to become an elite athlete. Eventer Gemma Tattersall's third place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials last week on Arctic Soul could set her up for her first Olympic Games and she has spare rides in contention for Rio too. Wheelchair athlete Louise Hunt is well on the road to her second games on current form but is leaving nothing to chance with her mental preparation. Plus Laura has all the latest news headlines from British athletes. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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U.S. Skeet Shooter and triple Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode-Harryman is aiming for her sixth Olympic Games in Rio. Her tally of medals, of which she has lost count, is unsurpassed in the sport she began while knee high to her father who has coached her all the way. She is fighting back from recent illness and is on target for the final selection trials which will name two women to this year's U.S. Olympic team.  Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In Nutrition Notes, Ironman Champion @saragross and experienced sports dietician @ruth_mckean have an in depth conversation about performance nutrition in a bite-sized podcast. This is the first of four episodes all about the most popular supplement in sport today - caffeine.   Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Zoe George  and Silver Ferns' Katrina Grant  are back with a fabulous line up of guests and topics about Kiwi women in sport.  Para-swimmer Mary Fisher, who will be competing in the S-11 category in this summer's Paralympic Games, has a great story of being a vision impaired elite athlete.  Also visually impaired is para-cyclist Emma Foy who with her sighted pilot Laura Thompson are targeting four events in the Paralympics, having just returned with the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships B 3km Pursuit gold medal.  Marathon runner turned mountain runner Mel Aitken combines a top job in the police department with reaching new heights on New Zealand's mountain ranges.  Sports journalist Rikki Swannell talks about her women in sport initiative She's Got Game.  Plus the latest news and major upcoming sporting events in New Zealand. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Beth Davis in Melbourne is joined by Chris Stafford in Florida for this month's magazine show with the latest news of women in sport Down Under. Hockeyroos Olympic veteran Ashleigh Nelson will be missed on the squad having recently sustained a knee injury ruling her out of the Rio Olympics but tells us how she now plans to spend her summer. Former Para-Equestrian Kate Doughty, who competed at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, has become a world class Para-Triathlete having transitioned in the fast lane to her new sport and is on the road to Rio and her first Olympics. Plus news of cricket, basketball, rugby 7s, gymnastics, soccer, and more on the Australian Olympic squad. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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American Show Jumper Callan Solem from Chester Springs, PA has reached a milestone in her career by being named to the long list for this summer's Rio Olympic Games with VDL Wizard. The partnership secured their spot when finishing as the highest placed U.S. rider in the top ten at the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg in March. Callan and Wizard now face a European tour of observation events before the team is announced in July.  Find out more about Callan on her website here and see the full U.S. Show Jumping long list here. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Scottish-born Joanne Hamilton-Vale has been a life-long sportswoman, mainly on the water, and in recent years she has successfully focused on the latest sporting craze of Stand-Up Paddleboarding. With numerous wins and top placings to her credit, including the 11 Cities endurance events, Jo is now aiming for her biggest challenge when she attempts the grueling 715 kilometre race in Canada's 2016 Yukon River Quest. Find out what this entails and how Jo is training for the ultimate endurance SUP race.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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WiSP World Canada

Two-time Ironman Champion Sara Gross & Canadian Team Rugby Player Maria Samson are joined this month by Kayaker Haley Daniels to talk about her season with National Team Trials coming up in May and how Kayaking will soon become an Olympic sport. Find out how this Vegan athlete is sharing her recipes too.  Bobsleigh Pilot Alysia Rissling shares her experiences of competing on the European circuit for the first time, why there are so few women in the sport, equality in its ranks, and how the weight class has affected women in the sport.  Plus the latest news headlines in soccer, track & field, rugby, swimming, diving, rowing, CAAWS and more. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World USA

US Ski Racer Jessica Kelley and Triathlete Whitney Powell talk softball with U.S. Softball Player Amanda Chichester sharing her insight into the sport in the U.S. and the Olympic movement as well as Japan's development in the sport, which could trigger its return to the Games in 2010. Plus a review of the World Cup Alpine Skiing and looking ahead to off-season activities as well as the major sports news including an update on Meldonium, the Zika Virus and equal pay for women in sport. Visit us as www.wispsports.com and follow us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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