Conversations from the world of women’s sports

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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