Sara is a two-time Ironman winner, a former North American Ironman Champion and European Long Course Triathlon Champion. Sara’s triathlon career spanned 12 years and in that time she competed for Canada and Great Britain, finished 30 Ironman races - twenty times in the top five. Sara also raced as a professional at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii six times. Sara holds a PhD in World Religions from The University of Edinburgh and a BA and MA from Queens University in Canada. For her doctorate, Sara compared three first-century communities and analyzed to what extent religious beliefs effected the every day lives and freedoms of women within those communities. In 2007 Sara co-founded a coaching company Mercury Rising Triathlon, which offers triathlon coaching to athletes in Canada and world-wide. In 2015 Sara and twelve others founded a not-for-profit called TriEqual with the goal of increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups in the sport of triathlon. Sara is currently the President of that organization. Since retiring from full-time professional sport Sara has been working as a freelance journalist, a researcher, producer and presenter for WiSP Sports, and a motivational speaker. Sara and her husband Clint live in Victoria, BC with their daughter, Rosalee.
Dee Caffari was awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, setting a world record in the process by becoming the first woman to complete this epic voyage in 2006. In 2009 Dee completed the Vendée Globe – a solo, non-stop race around the world. Dee crossed the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 starters making her the only woman to have sailed single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions. In April 2011, Dee successfully completed another circumnavigation, this time with a Spanish co- skipper. On completion of the Barcelona World Race Dee became the only woman to have sailed three times around the world non-stop. In 2014, Dee joined Team SCA, the all-female entry into the Volvo Ocean Race. In preparation for this race around the world, the team successfully claimed the Round Britain and Ireland speed record for a female crewed monohull in 4 days 21 hours and 39 seconds.
Beth Davis (AUS)
Presenter: WiSP World Australia
Beth Davis from Melbourne joined the WiSP team of presenters in June 2015 co-presenting our Australian Edition. She began working in sports media a few years ago hosting a national basketball YouTube channel and prior to that had been in sports administration and management for ten years. She has interviewed various international sporting stars and written regular weekly columns for Australian sports blogs. With an interest in all sports and a special passion for basketball, Beth has passed on her love of sports to her seven year old son, and spends her free time coaching his basketball, football, soccer, cricket, and various other sports teams.
Jessica Kelley (USA) @cadia34 Co-host: WiSP World USA
Jessica Kelley is a 10-year veteran on the U.S. Ski Team who collected three NorAm titles, won giant slalom silver at the 2002 World Junior Championships, and was a member of the 2007 World Championships team in Are, Sweden. Jess is an Associate Editor of the Ski Racing website with primary responsibility for women’s alpine World Cup and domestic coverage as well as being a skiing coach.
Zoë is a producer and resident baker at Radio New Zealand based in Wellington. In a previous life she was a media and team manager for women’s and men’s international cricket teams. She has a keen interest in feminism in sport, with a focus on how media cover female athletes and how women identify in sport and exercise. In her spare time she enjoys musical theatre, traveling and gluten-free baking.
Maria Samson (CAN) Co-host: WiSP World Canada
Maria has been a member of the National Women’s Rugby Team since 2011. Represented Canada 21 times. Started all five games of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, where Canada won a historic Silver Medal. Recipient of 2012 Female Rugby Canada Player of the Year. Recipient of 2013 Colette McAuley Award (for give back to the sport in the spirt of the game. The Player of the Year award and the Colette McAuley award are the two highest awards a female can win in Canada. No other player has won both. Secretary of Athletes CAN Board of Directors since 2014 (Organization that is the independent voice of all National Team athletes in Canada) Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play and Fast and Female since 2013. Recently named in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Class of 2015. Graduated top of class from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) while playing on the Varsity Rugby Team. Maria lives in Calgary with her husband, Mozac and as a tiny Pomeranian Mutt shaved into a lion!