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Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara delve into the issues surrounding doping, including why this topic has been so hot since the 2016 Olympic Games. Who is really in charge of catching cheaters and why the system is flawed? We catch and treat cheaters like criminals but how do we stop athletes from doping in the first place?  Also news from the Boston marathon - the first woman to run the race wasn't Katherine Switzer, after all, yet we applaud Katherine regardless. The Gripe of the Week comes from British Cycling’s recent blunder and the Hype of the Week involves a Canadian company that has expanded their line of mannequins to look like “real athletic women.”  The Locker Room is a place where women talk about sports. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on Twitter @WiSPSports.

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The Horse Show: S2E2; Isabell Werth

Germany’s Isabell Werth has officially been named the most successful dressage rider ever and is truly a legend in the sport. Her illustrious career spans four decades with partners such as Gigolo  Anthony FRH, Satchmo, Fabienne, Warum Nicht FRH, El Santo NRW, Bella Rose, Don Johnson FRH, Emilio and Weihegold. Her medal tally is impressive by anyone’s standards with 10 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 13 European Championships, 14 German Championships —- and this season making it a hat trick of World Cup titles when she won the 2017 trophy in Omaha, Nebraska with the 10 year old mare Weihegold. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Former Canadian Rugby International Maria Samson and Triathlete Sooz Flannigan are back with a round-up of the top women's sports news from Canada, and a guest who used to play football with Maria. Saadia Ashraf is the current Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women’s National Tackle Football Team preparing for the 2017 Women’s World Championships. She was formerly a Quarterback and played in the previous two World Championships. There’s news of the latest inductees to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, plus Canadian women making the headlines in skating, hockey and soccer. Fore more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sport.

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Mirinda Carfrae is a multiple Ironman World Champion, 70.3 World Champion and the fastest runner on the circuit. In 2013, Mirinda ran 2:50:38, at the Ironman World Championship—only two men ran faster! Rinny is now taking a year off training to “grow a little human.” Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky find out all about how she adapted her training schedule—and life—what she is up to at week 23, and what she expects for the future. We also find out what her secrets are to running fast off the bike. Amateur triathlete Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe calls in to ask Rinny a mom-specific question. 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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The Sailing Show is now the Official Podcast of The Magenta Project as Abby Ehler presents the first episode of the series from the Volvo Ocean Race boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal.  Abby talks to Olympian and former Team SCA member for the 2014-5 Volvo Ocean Race Annie Lush (GBR) and New Zealand National Champion, a former World Champion, and Olympic gold medallist. Jo Aleh (NZL) who are sailing the M32 in Miami, USA. They discuss the M32 Series, the Team Magenta training programs and the opportunities for women to race as part of mixed teams under new rules for the Volvo Ocean Race. To learn more about The Magenta Project visit www.themagentaproject.org and follow on Twitter @TheMagentaProj. 

For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP Amazons: Stacey Kozel

American mountain climber and hiker Stacey Kozel, whose very effort of putting one foot in front of the other each day is in itself an accomplishment, is currently embarking on another epic adventure. What Stacey challenges herself with are the goals she sets herself to hike over miles of difficult terrain as she pursues some of the toughest country that make up the longest trails in the USA. Now 41, Stacey has suffered from Lupus—a chronic incurable inflammatory disease that attacks the immune system, since she was a teenager. It impacts her in different ways from her spine to her lungs and stomach and has resulted in her becoming a quadriplegic. Not that her complex medical condition has prevented her from living every day to the fullest. With the aid of an exoskeletal Stacey has hiked the 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trial and has just begin to tackle the 2650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail of the U.S. from the Mexican to the Canadian borders. And she hikes alone, not wanting to slow down other hikers or try to keep up with them. Chris Stafford caught up with her in the mountains of Southern California.

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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Ruck On: The Rugby Show; S1E6

Former Canadian teammates Maria Samson & Kim Donaldson review the game that decided the Six Nations Tournament in Europe and the recent Can-Am seriesand preview the upcoming Four Nations June Series. They also have a special mention for the legend that is 42 year old American Phaidra Knight who was the Player of the Decade in 2010. She received her first cap in 1999 and played in three World Cups. Phaidra has recently been elected  to the USA Board of Directors as the International Athlete. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us at info@wispsports.com.

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Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara get a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. women’s hockey team’s historical pay deal; how they did it and what it means for the future of women’s sport. The team took a stand against inequitable treatment - and won big - at the recent World Championships. Hockey reporter Nicole Haase reveals the details behind the deal they struck and why their approach was successful. This historical action and ensuing pay equity agreement is just one of many wins for women’s sport in recent weeks. The U.S. women’s soccer team also won a settlement for pay equity, as did Ireland’s Football Team, which drew a line in the sand for basic rights. Plus some news as well as the Hype of the Week and a Gripe from the world of professional triathlon. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @ WiSP Sports. Email us at info@wispsports.com

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Megan Campbell is an Ireland International and Manchester City defender she spent three years at Florida State University where she experienced very different conditions for women playing professional football. Last week she stood beside her team mates who challenged Ireland’s governing body to provide basic remuneration and resources to its national squad so they no longer had to share team kit such as a track suit or get changed in public restrooms.  Their campaign to stand their ground for equality comes at a time which saw the US Soccer and US Ice Hockey teams win their battles for better pay and conditions to gain more recognition for their commitment and contribution to their national team. Megan has previously played for St. Francis, Raheny United. In 2010 she was a member the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad that were runners-up at the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Megan was signed up my Manchester City in February 2016 and is currently rehabbing from an ankle injury at their football academy where she joins me from now. 

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This week's episode discusses the all important topic of sports bras and the finer points of their development. Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara are joined by Mary Helen Shashy who developed the Cheata Bra, which offers optimum support and comfort for athletes in all sports. We hear how Mary Helen found a way to minimize the bounce which causes the pain that larger women suffer without enough support. You can enter to win a Cheata Bra by going to www.wispsports.com and clicking on the contest sign-up form, and you can also find more conversations from the world of women's sports there. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at info@wispsports.com.

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Sara Gross & Alyssa Godesky talk to  super-swimmer Haley Chura who recently won Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires after a year’s hiatus from the sport she loves. In 2015, three weeks before toeing the start line as a professional at the World Championships, Haley was hit by a car during a training ride. Haley shares her ongoing fears of being out on the road and how she is overcoming them. Before wading into the world of triathlon, Haley won a National Championship with the University of Georgia Women's Swim Team and competed in the US Olympic Trials in both 2004 and 2008. In 2013, Haley gave up her job with a thriving accounting firm to go all-in with triathlon as a professional. In her first year as a pro, she won her first 70.3 title in New Orleans. In 2014, Haley won her first Ironman title by over 30 minutes at Ironman Brasil Fortaleza. Sara and Alyssa also discuss the recent launch of Super League Triathlon (sans women) and why the pro start lists are stacked at this stage in the season. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and send your comments to info@wispsports.com

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WiSP World Canada: S2E1

Former Canadian Rugby team player turned coach Maria Samson returns with a new series of WiSP World Canada and a new co-host; Triathlete Sooz Flannigan from Victoria, BC. They have the latest news about Canadian women in sport around the world and offer an athlete's perspective on the issues affecting sportswomen. Their guest is Canadian Team Bobsledder Alysia Rissling who has just returned from South Korea where she won the bronze medal in the World Cup test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. We hear about what self investment mean to Alysia as she competes for a place on the Canadian team for the games. For more conversations form the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and email us with your comments to info@wispsports.com.

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Katie Burnett is a U.S. Team member and currently holds the U.S. 50k Race Walk Record.  After graduating high school in Arizona, she went from the race walk being “just another event” to her sport of choice. Katie got her start race walking the summer after 7th grade when she joined a club track team. Early success in the event convinced her to stick with it while pursuing other sports and events until she went to college to throw NCAA Division I javelin. Deciding that the school wasn’t a good fit, she transferred to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. WPU is in the NAIA, which offers the race walk as a track and field event, so she returned to race walking. This change set her on the path that led to 6 NAIA All-American honors in the walk and 1 in the javelin. After college she continued to compete, moving up from the 3k and 5k at the college level to the 20k.  For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com, join us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at info@wispsports.com

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The England Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball have collaborated to launch a three-year campaign to maximise the legacy of hosting three consecutive World Cups and build a fan base for women’s team sports. They have an ambitious target to ensure all 7-13-year-old girls across the country have the opportunity to experience the benefits of team sport. One of the players who is helping to promote this initiative is England cricketing all rounder Georgia Elwiss. Georgia made her international debut for England in 2011. Having featured in the 2016 World Twenty20, she was named as the captain of Loughborough Lighting in the inaugural Kia Super League. For more conversations from the wotld of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us your commments, questions and suggestions to info@wispsports.com.  

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Chris Stafford talks to U.S. born Canadian Jamie Sinclair, 25, who has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and is checking off all the boxes along the way. Her recent U.S. National Championship crown is a career highlight for the now Minnesotan resident whose passion for Curling is infectious. Jamie was encouraged into the sport at the age of nine with her older brothers and collected medals as a Junior for Canada before being recruited to the U.S. National squad. She graduated from Carleton University with an Honors Degree in International Business and is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. Jamie revels in this game of chess on ice and now calls the shots as the Skip. 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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WiSP World Australia

WiSP World Australia is back with a new season as Beth Davis from Melbourne and former Hockeyroos player Ashleigh Nelson in Perth have a packed show of news and two great guests. Olympic steeplechaser Genevieve LaCaze joins them to talk about her career and season plans from the Australian Team Camp in Falls Creek.  Ash' former Hockeyroos teammate Stacie Joseph talks about coaching opportunites for women in the sport and what her dream job would be. Plus the latest from around Australian women's sports including the National Bastkeball League,  AFL, the Matildas and the amazing freestyle aerial skier Lydia Lassila. For more conversations form the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. You can drop us a line too with any comments, questions or suggestions you may have to info@wispsports.com.

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Ruck On: The Rugby Show; S1E5

Canada's dynamic duo Maria Samson & Kim Donaldson have the latest from the world of women's international rugby as they review the Six Nations tournamemt that winds up this weekend. They also bring us the inside scoop on the 2017 World Cup Finals as teams prepare their game for this summer's big event in Ireland in August.  The former Canadian teammates knows who's who and what's what in the game and have some fascinating insight into players and their form.  Plus Maria shares some exciting news of an important role she has been given for women's rugby in Canada. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsport.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.   

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This week in the Locker Room Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara talk about women who are leading the way into the wilderness. They also discuss the latest issues in women’s sport including Nike’s new hijab for Muslim women and March madness (and the female broadcaster who is covering it).  This week’s gripe comes from a listener who just had to get something off her chest, plus celebrate the amazing 79-year-old who skied to both the North and South Poles. Their guest is entrepreneur and trekker Marinel De Jesus who shares her experience and wisdom as the founder of Peak Explorations and Trails Without Borders. 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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Chris Stafford talks to Jamaican born Deta Hedman who has been an international darts player for more than 40 years with over 100 rankings titles to her name making her a legend in the sport. Some of her most prestigious titles include the World Masters, Europe Cup, Las Vegas Desert Classic and Zuiderduin Masters. But it is the World Championship crown which has eluded her and remains top of her bucket list. With tournaments both at home in England and abroad every weekend, Deta stays as focused and motivated as ever, whether she is representing her Oxford Club or England. She tells us how her family moved to the UK when she was just a teenager and how, despite darts being a male dominated sport, she made her mark.  She says she has always enjoyed playing men but when she beats them they are reluctant to admit they were beaten by a woman, even though she is one of the best players in the world. For more conversations from the world of women's sports, including over 600 podcasts, visit www.wispsports.com, and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. Contact us at info@wispsports.com.

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Multi-talented athlete Tara Norton joins Sara and Alyssa to explain how she ran a double marathon with a stress fracture in her femur and lived to tell the tale. A former professional triathlete, Tara had 25 Top 10 placings in long distance races during her career. Now a coach and a mom, Tara sets her sights on longer races and in 2016 took on the Ultraman triathlon in Hawaii - 10km (6.2mi) swim, 421km (261mi) bike, 84km (52.4mi) run. Known for mental toughness, Tara shares her wisdom and answers questions from the Women for Tri Facebook group. Sarah McPherson also drops by to talk about TriEqual's new initiative, Change Makers. And Alyssa tells us how she is handling two Ironmans in two weeks in New Zealand. 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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Chris Stafford talks to Eventing legend Lucinda Green MBE about the changes that the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has made to the Olympic format and the implications to three and four star level. Lucinda explains what it could mean for the future of eventing in general if the four star level is no longer the pinnacle of the sport. The fallout could have dire consequences, which begs the question of who the governing body is listening to as the sport struggles to stay in the Olympic family. And we hear Lucinda's reasoning about why cross country construction today may be contributing to rotational falls.  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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Switzerland’s Tatjana Haenni is the former Deputy Director of the Competitions Division and the Head of Women’s Competition at FIFA - the international governing body for soccer. In that role she led the organisational aspects of all FIFA Women’s World Cups including the recent Women’s World Cup in Canada. Tatjana has dedicated her career to women’s football and advancing women in sport generally. She is also President of FC Zurich, a volunteer position that she is passionate about as she continues her work in the game. With many year's experience in sport’s leadership Tatjana has a clear vision of how and why women’s voices should be heard to increase representation in the board rooms of sport’s administration at all levels. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

 

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Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara are joined in the Locker Room by Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin and Ava Holliday, the founders of The Avarna Group. Aparna worked in outdoor education and organized a project in Alaska called Expedition Denali to inspire diversity in the outdoors. She then teamed up with Eva Holliday who has a PhD in American Environmentalism, Equity and Inclusion to form The Avarna Group, which works with organizations such as the National Forest Service and the YMCA helping them with very specific tools, not just to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion but suggests what can be done to change their cultures from the ground up with the aim of getting a more diverse group of people outside. 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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Retired Marine Corps Major Lisa Davis, has broken into the Guiness Book of Records by completing 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. She has become the fastest woman to complete the Triple 7 Quest and the first African American woman to ever complete the quest. On Jan. 31, 2017 she completed the challenge in a record time of 7 days, 30 minutes and 27 seconds. The previous best time for a woman completing seven marathons on seven continents was 10 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds.  For Lisa this was a natural progression to her marathon career having already completed 100 marathons and counting.  The Triple 7 Quest began in Perth, Australia from there she went to Singapore (Asia), Cairo (Africa), Amsterdam (Europe), New York (North America), Chile (South America) with the final run in the White Continent Marathon in Antarctica. 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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Nutrition Notes - A Sailor’s Diet

Record breaking offshore sailor Dee Caffari MBE talks to Sara Gross about a sailor's diet and nutritional requirements when they are at sea for extended periods. Making the right choices for long trips incluing treats are important for moral, especially if you're alone on the ocean.  Freeze dried meals have come a long way but how much can you take before it gets really boring? And what meal would you long for when you get back on dry land?  For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Breaking Free: S1E2; Lisa Abramson

Tara Campbell talks to Lisa Abramson, a former marketing executive turned executive coach, speaker and entrepreneur, who changed her direction after battling postpartum depression and psychosis. Lisa found running and yoga inspired and motivated her during her struggle, which has since guided her to a higher level of self awareness and discipline in her daily schedule and sleep routine.  After a decade spent as a marketing executive in California, she now works full-time to inspire other women to follow their dreams to achieve success through Mindfulness Based Achievement (MBA), a program she co-founded, which delivers corporate and individual programs.  Fore more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Chris Stafford and Cindi Leeman talk to record-breaking 8-time Canadian Race Walking Champion Rachel Seaman about how she balances high performance training with pregnancy and family life. With her second baby due in May, Rachel is planning to train to the last moment. Once her baby is born she will be back on track for this year's races with her sights firmly set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara take on more important topics in women's sports from the potential undermining of Title XI under the new U.S. Secretary of Education, to the free movement of Muslim athletes competing in the U.S. during the 'uncertain chaos' surrounding immigration, and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) ban on hijabs. This 'nefarious' threat to the Los Angeles Olympic bid is discussed plus Kelly has a Gripe of the Week that involves tights and yoga pants.  On the bright side Cuba has it's first female boxing team that's worth a mention in the Hype of the Week, and Nigeria is preparing its first Bobsled team for the Winter Olympics. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit WiSP Sports at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky take a closer look at diversity in triathlon following the 2017 Triathlon Business International Conference at which Sara led a panel that included African American triathlete Sika Henry. To expand this important conversation Sika tells us more about her own experiences and ways the sport can work towards increasing diversity. Some suggestions are to encourage minorities in local clubs and create mentors for young people. Clearly the important thing for the sport is to better understand the issues facing minorities from learning to swim to hair care for women. 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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blogCAST: My Personal Journey

Mountain Biker, Mountain Runner and Adventurist Traharn Chidley shares her very personal and traumatic story of surviving domestic abuse and how sport gave her the strength and confidence to take control of her life. Narrated by Chris Stafford.  For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Olympic short track speed skater Isabelle Charest, who will be Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, has made a seamless transition from her athletic career which spanned three decades to representing the Canadian Olympic Committee and the athletes of today. Charest, a native of Rimouski, Québec, medalled in three consecutive Olympic Winter Games. Making her Olympic debut at Lillehammer 1994, she won silver as a member of the 3000m relay team. She again captured bronze medals at Nagano in 1998 and at Salt Lake City in 2002 in the same event. Charest served as Assistant Chef de Mission at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and earlier that year she was Canada’s Chef de Mission at the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games. She was also on the Mission Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Ruck On: The Rugby Show - S1E4

Former Canadian World Cup team mates Maria Samson and Kim Donaldson are back with the very latest on the Rugby Six Nations which is happening right now...and then it's all about their picks of Tight Fives for the 2017 World Cup this summer. Everything you need to know about loose-end scrummagers, hookers, props and the second row and who to look out for when the best of the best get to Ireland in August. For more rugby and other 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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WiSP World New Zealand

White Ferns Cricketer Sophie Devine joins our Zoe George in the co-host chair this month. We hear from Ironwoman Tamsyn Hayes on prepping for Challenge Wanaka— translating mountain running to the Ironman shuffle—and how she's had to adapt after the difficult birth of her baby. Sheep shearing makes its debut on WiSP Sports as Roysey Maryanne Batey tells us what it’s like to be gearing up for the World Shearing and Wool Handling World Championships in Invercargill—only in New Zealand. We talk media coverage of Olympic athletes with Ashley Abbott from the NZ Olympic Association and producer Laura Keown chats with Olympic Heptahlete Sarah Cowley about the Olympic ambassador programme.  For more conversations from the world of women's sports viist us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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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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As we approach 2017 Sara and Kelly consider the value of new year’s resolutions and consult Danelle Kabush who has a PhD in social psychology and is a mental performance consultant with several Canadian national teams. Plus Kelly has the Gripe of the Week which involves a Fitbit reminding her of her weight, and Sara offers something to celebrate in women’s sports with the Hype of the Week. For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Abby Ehler from The Magenta Project talks to Team Magenta 32 Skipper Sally Barkow about the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series which starts in Perth, Australia in March. Sally skippered the new crew in 2016 and is bringing that experience to the next round having been awarded the second card for the series which runs through November in different venues. They also have all the latest news of women sailing in different classes around the world. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media by following us @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara are back in the locker room with more frank and female banter about sport, women and their perspective on life in and around sport. The question they pose this week is—Why don't more people watch women's sport? Plus they have not just the Gripe of the Week but also the Hype of the Week so tune in and prepare to be at least informed and entertained.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Ruck On - The Rugby Show: S1E2

Maria Samson is back with a round-up of women's international rugby. She reviews recent games of the nations that are campaigning towards the 2017 Rugby World Cup, offering her assessment of the matches that have taken place over the last month, including the formats they were playing. It's a fascinating insight from a former international who has played these nations and knows many of their tactics.  For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media @WiSP Sports.

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blogCAST - A History of Rugby

In A History of Rugby, written by Penny Hopkins and narrated by Chris Stafford, we explore the origins of the game, why women were first playing in secret, Miss Emily Valentine's role in the game and chronicle the sport's development from World War II through to the establishment of Rugby Sevens, the introduction of international competitions and participating nations through to the advent of professional status for women and the prospects for the 2017 World Cup. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Big Wave Surfer Paige Alms recently won the notorious JAWS event in Hawaii and is one of few who have successfully paddled into Peahi.  At 28 years old, the Canadian has made Maui her home where she is guaranteed the big waves she needs to train. Paige is considered the world’s best female big wave surfer in a sport that carries high risk and demands boundless courage to ride a wave that can swallow you up and carry you under. There are relatively few women among the ranks of this male dominated sport but Paige has been riding the waves for 18 years. She made her competitive mark by winning the NSSA Open Women’s Explorer’s title in 2006. In 2015 she stole the surf world’s attention when she threaded through the barrel of a 20-foot-plus wave she paddled into at Jaws. Also in 2015, Alms was nominated for a ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and received the Women’s Best Overall Performance Award at the WSL Big Wave Awards. For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and if you like what we do share on social media by following us @WiSP Sports.

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This week in the locker room, where women discuss issues in the sports world, Sara & Kelly are joined by Sally Bergesen, CEO of Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company based in Seattle, WA, to discuss marketing to and sponsoring female athletes, why this is a lucrative market and that clothing is an important aspect of empowering sportswomen.  And Sara introduces a new segment to the show - Gripe of the Week!  Tune in to find out what's irking her this week. Fast becoming a much anticipated show, don’t miss our bi-weekly episodes by visiting www.wispsports.com and check out all the other global women’s sports coverage.  Join in the conversation on our social media @WiSP Sports.

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Powder Run: S1E2

Ski Coach & Former US Team Ski Racer Jessica Kelley has an update on the Audi FIS World Cup skiing season beginning with the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Killington, VT this past weekend where France's Tessa Worley and American Mikaela Shiffrin took the top honors in front of a partisan crowd. Jess offers her perspective on who is trending up and down since the season got underway in Solden, Austria before heading to Levi in Finland and on to the Eastern USA for the first World Cup race in 25 years. We also hear about the athletes who have been sidelined with injury and how their absence may impact the tour as training gets underway for the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada this weekend. Catch Jess every month as she shares the news and views from the slopes. In the meanwhile, visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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