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Archive for January 2017

blogCAST - A History of Hockey

A History of Hockey written by Penny Hopkins and narrated by Chris Stafford tells the story of the women's game, which began in its most basic form in ancient times and dates back to some of the earliest civilisations. We hear how the game has development across continents from grassroots to international level, and how its popularity has grown through regional championships to Champions Trophy and the Olympic Games, with the next World Cup taking place in London in 2018. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In the Locker Room this week, Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara discuss sexual abuse of young athletes by coaches. Why are there so many case of sexual misconduct in sport and what can we do to make changes to protect our vulnerable children? Kelly catches up with U.S. National Track Cycling Champion and 2016 Olympic Games team member Missy Erickson who recently shared her story of abuse in a revealing article in Bicycle Magazine. And then Sara and Kelly talk to former athlete, lawyer and activist Nancy Hogshead-Makar to learn more about the issues and find out how we stop the cycle of mistreatment and silent. And of course don't miss the Hype and Gripe of the week which is always enlightening. For more conversations from around the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation @WiSPSports.

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Breaking Free: S1E1; Tina Chantrey

Breaking Free is a brand new show in which sportswomen discuss mental health issues and how sport helps them overcome personal challenges. We will be hearing from women who have different experiences and who have generously agreed to share their journeys while offering some advice and resources. In this first episode, runner and journalist Tara Campbell talks to British runner and author Tina Chantrey. Tina experienced a traumatic divorce being was left with three young children and wondering how she was going to manage to find a home and support them. Her story is a triumph and we hear how running became her sanctuary. Tina is a contributing editor at Women’s Running Magazine UK. She suffered from postpartum depression after the births of her three daughters. Tina also went through divorce and has written a book — The Divorce Survival Guide — which focuses a lot on mental health, giving readers a six-stage running program to help them cope with the conflicting emotions of divorce and stages of grief. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.      

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WiSP Amazons: Cathy O’Dowd

Chris Stafford talks to Cathy O'Dowd, the South African rock climber, mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. Cathy began climbing while in university and at 21 took part in her first mountain expedition to the Ruwenzori in central Africa. The first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both south and north sides, she was a member of the First South African Everest Expedition which reached the summit in 1996 following the route used by Edmund Hillary. In 2000 Cathy became the fourth woman to climb Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain. She has climbed mountains across southern and central Africa, and South America. Cathy is married to the First South African Everest Expedition leader Ian Woodall.  For more conversations around the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on our social media channles @WiSP Sports.

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Chris Stafford and Cindi Leeman's guest is Erin Taylor Talcott who is best known for being a pioneer for women's equality in race walking, striving to make the 50K a distance for women internationally. She's the first woman to compete in a men's Olympic Trials event which she did in 2012 at the men's 50K Olympic Trials where she placed 6th.  She's the winner of the first ever Area Championship for a women's 50K which she did in 2015 in Arica, Chile.  And she's the first woman to compete in a genderblind competition when she raced at the IAAF World Team Championships of Race Walking in Rome, Italy where she placed 39th in the world. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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On this week's WiSP IronWomen, Ruth Brennan Morrey is a 41-year-old mother of three, has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, is a former Division I and Semi-Pro soccer player and Olympic Trials marathon runner. Ruth competed in her first triathlon in 2011 and raced as an amateur for two seasons before entering the professional ranks. She is an Ironman 70.3 Champion and most recently ended her 2016 with a 4th place at IM Arizona. Ruth joins Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky to unpack the question “How does she do it all?” Find out more about Ruth’s routine, her eating habits and how her background in psychology informs her triathlon career. Then, amateur triathlete Bridget Haga joins us with her burning questions for Ruth. For more conversations from around the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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On this week's episode of Locker Room Talk Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara ask: Should women be paid as much as men in cycling? Kathryn Bertine joins the conversation and explains how women’s cycling can hold its own in a free market economy. Across all sports, the argument is often made that women do not deserve to be paid as much as men because they don't draw the same crowds or viewership. Why do female athletes deserve the same attention, respect and monetary return as their male counterparts? How do we create equality in a capitalist milieu? Kathryn Bertine is a former pro cyclist herself and also a long-time advocate for women in cycling, who made a documentary film on the topic and has recently launched a new project to help up-and-coming women in the sport.

Hockey player Kirsten Toth stops by to discuss body checking, and the lack there-of, in women’s hockey and Sara and Kelly bring you the Hype, and the Gripe, of the week. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Ruck On: The Rugby Show - S1E3

Rugby World Cup Silver Medalist Maria Samson is joined by her former team-mate Kim Donaldson to discuss the World Cup in this episode of Ruck On. They pick some players to watch from the top five ranked team and discuss a selection of standout performances as well as bringing us up to date with the final World Cup Pools. Tune in to Ruck On every month leading up to the 2017 World Cup this August in Ireland. For more conversations from the world of women’s sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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 WiSP IronWomen kicks off the new year with a star-studded line-up of guests as Sara Gross welcomes her new co-host Alyssa Godesky. They are joined by Ironman champions and all-round inspirational women; Mary-Beth Ellis, Meredith Kessler, Hillary Biscay and Marilyn Chychota. Hear what motivates and activates these highly successful sportswomen and what they share with their athletes as they plan their year. For more global women’s sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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