The Global Women’s Sports Network

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.

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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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Portrait of a Legend celebrates the lives of elite sportswomen who have become icons while impacting other areas of women in sport.  In this archived interview that was recorded in 2011, Chris Stafford talks to British Sheila Willcox who was a pioneer in the sport of Eventing. She became the first woman to achieve international success paving the way for women to be included in the Olympic Games. Her foundations in the Pony Club and the show ring launched a career which proved that men and women can compete on equal terms. She holds the record at Badminton Horse Trials for three consecutive wins from 1957-9. Sheila added individual and team European Championship titles to her record before a devastating fall resulting in a broken back changed the course of her career. She went on to focus on Grand Prix Dressage and later became coach to the Canadian Eventing Team leading up to the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. This is a story of determination and the will to overcome personal and professional adversity. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us @WiSP Sports.

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Two-time Ironman Champion Sara Gross is joined by professional triathlete And mental health nurse Karen Thibodeau and PhD candidate and mental health expert Ingrid Handlovski to discuss the issues of addiction and depression as they relate to endurance sport. They also have interview with the 7th place finisher at Ironman World Championships and winner of Ironman Western Australia Sarah Piampiano. Visit WiSP Sports at www.wispsports.com and follow us  @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World UK

Sailor Dee Caffari MBE is joined by her new co-host Laura Winter to bring all the latest news from the UK plus a great line up of guests. England Cricket Director Clare Connor reviews the ICC World Twenty20 Series, Author Sarah Shepherd talks about her new book Kicking Off; How Women in Sport Are Changing the Game,  British rowers Katherine Grainger and Donna Etiebet discuss team preparation for the Olympic Games this summer as well as their own goals in the sport. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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The Sailing Show

On this month’s episode with Dee Caffari, MBE, British Paddler Jo Hamilton-Vale tells us about her latest Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Challenge in the Yukon, Canada. We also take the opportunity to catch up with British Figaro sailor Mary Rook to hear how her first solo sailing race went, and what the focus of her training is now ahead of the next race. Last month, Dee joined fellow former Team SCA Volvo Ocean Race sailor Sara Hastreiter with a mix of professional sailors and British celebrities on a Volvo Ocean 65 Yacht to raise over a million pounds for charity, and Sara tells us a little more about this week of ‘Hell on High Seas’. We also hear about some major sailing achievements by women and also have a coaching tip brought to you by another Magenta Project member and meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh from Weatherwhiz.

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WiSP World New Zealand

Zoe George is joined by Silver Ferns' Katrina Grant with guests: Triathlete Nicole van den Keey talking about her season so far and summer plans; Sports Psychologist Karen Nimmo has some great advice for athletes facing different hurdles in their career, and Rio bound sailor Jo Aleh talks about water conditions that are expected at the Olympic venue and the rest of the road to Rio. Plus a variety of news of Kiwi sportswomen including the White Ferns performance at the ICC World Twenty20 Series, netball, hockey, golf, upcoming events and interesting discussions on issues involving women in sport. Visit us online at wispsports.com and follow on social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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British Duathlete Claire Steels is the current World Champion who will be defending her title this summer. Before that she is racing in the British Championship followed by the European Championship. She has already won all her races this year in preparation for the three championships.  And all this with less than two years experience in the sport. Claire tells us how and why she took up Duathlon and the sports that paved the way for her. Visit us online at wispsports.com and follow us on all social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis in Melbourne and Danielle Warby in Sydney bring you the latest news of Australian women from a variety of sports including netball, canoeing, soccer, equestrian, taekwondo, table-tennis plus who has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games.  Kayakers Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett are two athletes that have secured their ticket to Rio in the K2, and they share the story of their Olympic campaign. Visit us at wispsports.com for news updates, videos and much more and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross & Maria Samson return with a great line-up and the latest news of Canadian women in sport. Double Olympic Alpine Skier and Ski Cross athlete turned Track Cyclist Georgia Simmerling shares her Olympian campaign. Paralympic triathlete Christine Robbins and her guide Sasha Bolton talk about their partnership and competition plans. Ice Hockey goalie Delayne Brian talks about her season and Sole Girls Founder Ashley Wiles explains how their program helps develop girl's confidence. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In this WiSP Sports latest Podcast: Portrait of a Legend, we celebrate the lives of women around the world who have become icons in their sports. We begin with an archived interview of Chris Stafford talking to U.S. Team Show Jumper, Marathon Runner and Pilot, Kathy Kusner.


Kathy was named Horsewoman of the Year before joining the United States Equestrian Team at the age of 21. Representing the United States, she rode in three 1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, and 1972 Munich where she won the silver medal. She was a member of the U.S team in two Pan American Games Sao Paulo in 1963 (gold) and Winnipeg in 1967 (silver).

Kathy is a avid runner. As of August 2015, she has completed 123 marathons and 73 ultra-marathons, including 20 races of 50 miles or longer. In 1997, she finished the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Race in 27 hours, 37 minutes.

Kathy also has a commercial pilot license plus, multi-engine, instrument, seaplane, and commercial glider ratings. She obtained a Lear Jet-type rating and became the first woman to work as a Lear Jet pilot for Executive Jet Aviation, which was the largest jet charter company in the world at that time. She also has aerobatics skills.

Kathy is founder and chairman of the board of Horses In The Hood, a non-profit organization benefiting the inner-city community by providing lessons that teach skills and values associated with the care and riding of horses.

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WiSP World USA

Jessica Kelley @cadia34 and Whitney Powell @IronWhillWhit talk to young Eventing talent and Volleyball player Patience O'Neill about being a rising star in two very different sports and how she combines those schedules. Chris Stafford stops by to talk World Cup Skiing with Jess, and share an update on all things WiSP Sports. Plus the hot topics in sport are discussed including doping and the latest findings on concussion in athletes. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us @WiSP Sports.

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Nicci Daly has successfully combined playing field hockey for Ireland while pursuing her career as a motor racing engineer and this year, when she returns from playing in a tournament in New Zealand, she will be spending the summer in the pits in Indianapolis.  Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Jessica Fox, 21, is a three-time Canoeing World Champion and Olympic Games Silver Medalist who has secured her ticket to represent Australia at the Rio Olympic Games in Kayaking. The daughter of Richard & Myriam Fox, Jess has continued the family tradition and shares her journey of how she came up through the ranks to establish herself as a leading athlete in both sports. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Chris Stafford circles back to her own sport with the launch of a new podcast: The Horse Show in which she interviews the stars of equestrian sport. In this first episode she talks to British Eventing's Emily King @emilykingg_ who will be riding in her first Badminton Horse Trials this spring under the watchful eye of the team selectors as she has been named to the long list for the Rio Olympic Games with her 14 year old partner Brookleigh. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World New Zealand

Zoe George @producer_zoe is joined by guest co-host and former international White Ferns cricketer Lucy Doolan @lucy_doolan  in this month's episode of WiSP World NZ. Their guests are New Zealand's ace Pole Vaulter Eliza McCartney talking about her Rio campaign. Cricket umpire Cathy Cross talks about being named as one of two women to officiate in the upcoming T20 Series in India, and Carol Hicks reflects on being recognized as the 2015 World Archery Volunteer of the Year. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross talks to Traharn Chidely who is a British Mountain Bike Racer with the Bird Sealskinz Factory Racing Team which is competing in European rounds of the Enduro World Series, plus a handful of UK national series this year. Alongside her mountain biking and chasing summers around the globe, she loves running and competing in off road marathons and Fell runs. Traharn tells her very personal story of how sport became her salvation during a difficult relationship enabling her to redefine her life and who she truly is as a person. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and on social media channels @WiSPsports.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis @bethdavis10 presents this month's WiSP World Australia with Olympic long distance runner Eloise Welling @Elzywellings sharing her training program, competition schedule and dreams of making her second Olympic Games. Eloise also talks about combining parenthood with training and how she founded Love Mercy to help Ugandans claim basic human rights. Beth also has all the latest news of Australian athletes performances around the world. Visit WiSP Sports at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

WiSP World Canada is presented by Ironman Triathlete Sara Gross @SaraGross and Rugby Player Maria Samson @MariaSamson5 with a great line up including multi-medalist rowing duo Patricia Obee @obee1111 & Lindsey Jennerich @lindseyjenner who shares their season plans, Canadian squash professional Cornett @cornettsamantha tells us what's happening in the world of squash, and fresh back from Sao Paolo where the Canadian team beat New Zealand in the Rugby Sevens Series, Ghislaine Landry @ghis_landry talks about what that means to the team and what's next leading up to the Olympic Games in Rio. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and follow us on all our social media channels @WiSP Sports. 

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WiSP World UK

WiSP World UK this week is brought to you by Chris Stafford in Florida, Olympian and offshore sailor Annie Lush in Bermuda and Hockey Journalist Sarah Juggins in the UK. Team GB Physiotherapist Ashleigh Wallace talks about keeping British athletes in shape during their Olympic campaign and the latest technology that is used for peak performance. She also offers Annie some advice for her elbow rehab! Sarah has tons of news of women in sport around the world too - you find more detailed coverage on the website at www.wispsports.com. Follow us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross @saragross presents this month's IronWomen from Dubai. Sara's guest are World Ironman Champion Daniela Ryf  (SUI) @danielaryf, two time World Long Course Champion Caroline Steffen (SUI) @caroline_xena, both members of the Bahrain Endurance Team. Sara also talks to Dina Altayab, an Arab Muslim athlete who is passionate about getting more women like herself involved in triathlon. Visit our all-new website at www.wispsports.com and follow us on all our social media channels @ WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World USA

Chris Stafford and Whitney Powell co-host this week as U.S. rower Michelle Sechser stops by to talk about her career and Olympic campaign, what it takes to become a full-time athlete in the sport and the sacrifices in pursuit of Olympic glory.  WiSP Presenter Sara Gross talks about gender equality issues currently making the news and shares the stories that she's been working on for the launch of WiSP Sports new website - www.wispsports.com - on February 15, 2016. 

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In the WiSP Sports exclusive series Transcending Sport, Sara Gross talks to American professional cyclist, activist and film maker Kathryn Bertine who is a driving force behind the movement for gender equality in cycling. Kathryn lives in Tucson Arizona and is the 6x St. Kitts and Nevis Champion & 3x Caribbean Champion. Visit WiSP Sports online here and follow us on social media at WiSPsports.

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

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WiSP World NZ

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

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WiSP World Australia

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

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WiSP World Canada

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

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WiSP World USA

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

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

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WiSP World UK

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

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Sport in Focus: Speedgolf

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

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WiSP World NZ

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

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

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

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WISP World Australia

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

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WiSP World Canada

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

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WiSP IronWomen

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

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WiSP World USA

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

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

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WiSP World UK

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

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

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

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Sport in Focus: Crossfit

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

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WiSP World: Australia

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

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

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WiSP World: Canada

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

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

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WiSP World: UK

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

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 42

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

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WiSP Ironman Special

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

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 41

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

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

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WiSP Magazine Show EP 40

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

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