Conversations from the world of women’s sports

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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