Archive for April 2015

WiSP: Focus on Shooting

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

Follow them on Twitter:

Anita North @nittynorth

Amber Hill @amberjohill

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WiSP Episode 15

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

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

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WiSP: Jenna Downing; Inline Skating

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

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


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


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WiSP Episode 14

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

Follow our guests on Twitter

Annie Vernon - @annievernongb 

Bryony King - @KingBRacing

Anna Turney - @skiraceanna

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


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WiSP: Focus on Disc Golf

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

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Valarie Jenkins


Watch videos at TheSpinTV


PDGA Women@pdgawomen

Valarie Jenkins @valariejenkins

WiSP - Chris Stafford @chrisestafford


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WiSP Episode 13

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


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


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WiSP Episode 12

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

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


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WiSP: Focus on Figure Skating

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

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

Scimeca, Knierim Hope to Ride Quad Twist to Title

Scimeca, Knierim Make History en Route To Pairs Title

Scimeca, Knierim Ready to Make Splash in Shanghai 

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Chris Stafford @chrisestafford

Lynn Rutherford @LynnRutherford 

Alexa Scimeca @lexxapaige 

Kimmie Meissner @kimmiemeissner  


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