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Sports podcast telling athletes' stories properly | Hosted by Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton | Get in touch at sportspielpod@gmail.com

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Don’t die wondering – that’s Laura Siddall’s motto – and it’s a phrase you can see applied to so much of her life as a pro athlete. Laura now is a hugely successful British triathlete but her path into professional sport came relatively late in life. While sport was always important growing up she would go on to do a degree in Mechanical Engineering before taking a gap year as an officer in the British Army. She would go on to work in the corporate world and moved to Sydney in Australia back in 2007 on a two-year assignment. Then came triathlon, a sport she tried out a year after moving to Australia and with great success. After progressing from a rookie to securing four amateur world champion titles she took the plunge in 2013 and decided to become a pro, going full time in 2014 and moving to San Francisco to chase the dream. She is now a four-time Ironman Champion, which includes winning Ironman Australia for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019), Ironman New Zealand (2018), and also becoming the ETU European Long Distance Champion in 2018. These days, as she marks 10 years as a professional, she is based primarily in Boulder in the USA where she is coached by fellow Brit Julie Dibens – but the recent past has brought her significant hurdles. Most notably, last year, Laura was hit by a car during the bike leg at Ironman Brazil. It knocked her unconscious and left her with a slight brain bleed and concussion. The journey back has been a battle of the mind just as much as it has been physically, and there have been questions about where her journey goes from here. But that phrase – don’t die wondering – is still present in her decision making. As also becomes clear in this podcast, Laura is a passionate advocate for women’s sport and is both an athlete ambassador for the Women’s Sport Trust as well as being a member of their Unlocked programme back in 2022. Quite simply she is an inspiration to many regardless of what your involvement is in sport – and perhaps we all need a little bit of that motto in our lives. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Laura Siddall Music: Otis McDonald
Isla Mackenzie is on a mission – to inspire the next generation as she chases her dream of being a racing driver. Her early life is world’s away from what it looks like now. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Isle of Lewis, in the Scottish Outer Hebrides and she was driving anything she could as soon as she was old enough to reach the pedals – be it quad bikes or tractors, and she drove a car for the first time at the age of 12. Isla comes alive with speed – a description given by her mum – and a passion for motorsport was always there. Fast forward to now and she finds herself fulfilling that passion, in her role as a Dyno Technician for the Mercedes F1 Team, the team that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton currently races for. But, while the engineering side of her life is seriously impressive, her true calling is to race herself – and the talent is there. She has been fast-tracked from karts to single seaters, she signed with IMC Motorsport and, in 2023, there were opportunities in the Monoposto Formula 3 championship. Her journey has also been the subject of a BBC documentary – the episode Fast Track to Glory in the series Our Lives – which details just how determined she is to succeed. But it also shows just how seriously she takes inspiring the next generation of female racers, something that is evident in this podcast. It’s a long-talked about issue, and while Isla undoubtedly wants to succeed for herself, the chance to pave the way for others adds all the extra fuel to the fire that she will ever need. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Isla Mackenzie Additional thanks to the Athlete Media Group for helping to organise this interview Music: Otis McDonald
Ben Gallagher is a remarkable individual. After serving in the British Army for over 16 years, his life was turned upside down in 2019 when he was shot numerous times on active duty. Ben would sustain blast and fragmentation injuries to his upper torso and arms as a result of that incident – and without a doubt his body armour saved his life. What followed was a number of operations and extensive surgery to reconstruct his left arm, while he now also has surgical injuries to both legs. But this was all just the beginning of an immense battle. What happened to Ben was utterly traumatic and, along with a long period of rehabilitation, he felt lost, isolated, unable to come to terms with what happened and he would have suicidal thoughts. Subsequently he would also be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ben’s journey – and turnaround since then – has been remarkable – and sport has played a key part in it. He can now say he’s represented his country at the 2023 Invictus Games – winning gold in the Men’s IR6 4-minute endurance row and bronze in the men’s IRB3 crit cycle race. And another major achievement could be on the horizon – the Paris 2024 Paralympics. Ben’s journey in rowing, which began with simply using rowing machines for exercise has developed into something so much more. He has raced at the British Rowing Indoor Championships and he is now classified with British Rowing – on the GB Para-Rowing World Class and Paralympic Academy Programme with reaching those Paris 2024 Games very much the aim. This is just a snapshot of what Ben has achieved, as you’ll hear in this podcast there has been so much else along the way and he is also an ambassador for our charity partners The Mintridge Foundation. Quite simply you’ll be hard pushed to find someone with a more inspiring message than this army veteran. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Ben Gallagher Additional thanks to The Mintridge Foundation for helping to organise this interview Music: Otis McDonald
Beth Gill is one of Britain’s – and the world’s – leading canoeists. In 2022 she became C1 short course Marathon World Champion and she’s hoping to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the C2 500m Sprint. Remember, while there’s been women’s kayak events, women’s canoeing events only first arrived at the Olympics for Tokyo 2020. But there’s much more to Beth than just her sport as she has become a passionate advocate for raising awareness over the pollution in our rivers and waterways, as well as their ecological importance. The situation is serious. To put it into perspective, Beth says that in training its almost expected by some that you will get sickness bugs along the way. That can’t be acceptable. In this episode of SportSpiel, Beth explains why she is so passionate about this issue, as well as how it inspired her choice to take up a university course in this area. She also explains what individuals can do to try and make a difference in their daily lives, with current practices needing to change. There’s also time to delve into Beth’s journey in canoeing, which hasn’t always been smooth sailing. She transitioned to the sport in 2014 via the Girls4Gold programme – with her first experience in a canoe not getting off to the best start – but she also recalls being dropped from her canoeing programme five years ago, something that has taught her valuable lessons and helped her get back to where she is today. Now, the Olympic Games in Paris are firmly in her sights. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to British Canoeing and canoephotography.com/Bence Vekassy (ICF) Additional thanks to the Athlete Media Group for helping to organise this interview Music: Otis McDonald
British weightlifter Mercy Brown has been on an extensive journey in her sporting career. But the comeback is very much on. The 26-year-old Londoner is an exciting talent and secured gold in the 2022 British Weightlifting Championships. But, unfortunately, her year didn’t pan out as expected despite that promising start and indication that the potential is very much there. Throughout her rollercoaster ride in the sport there have had to be breaks for Mercy to prioritise her own self-care and mental wellbeing. There is no substitute for looking after yourself as best as you can and it is all part of that personal development. She also admits, in this episode of SportSpiel, about how tough it has been losing her coach of so many years, after he passed away. Part of that connection was that he had a team of lifters who looked like her and she emphasises just how important it is to know an individual’s culture. But what shines from Mercy throughout this interview is how much she cares and how important it is to give back. Whether it’s helping to support her own Afro-Caribbean community, or looking to change the nonsensical stereotype that strength sports are masculine, she has that inner drive to make a difference. That has helped see her become part of the Women’s Sport Trust’s famed Unlocked programme and she’s now a firm fixture in what she calls an army of people looking to change women’s sport for the better. Going forward now is where the comeback comes into play. Tournaments are booked in and Mercy is ready to get competing regularly again. But, while she admits she’s nearer the end of her career than she is to the start she is determined to give her absolute all in the next couple of years. With the talent and commitment she has that success is likely to follow, and she might just be appearing on that Olympic stage soon enough. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Mercy Brown Music: Otis McDonald
Brendan Creed has discovered a lot about himself since he first represented his country back in 2017. By his own admission he is a massive perfectionist, but he used to let it ruin his game. Dealing with mistakes has been a key change in the England and GB Hockey star and he has worked closely with his team psychologist on his journey. But that has also come at the same time as having to deal with tournament disappointment along the way. From being named as a reserve for two World Cups, to coping with injuries, and plenty more hurdles throughout, it hasn’t been easy. Not only has that experience changed his opinion on the topic of psychology as a result, but Brendan has also changed his outlook on himself and his sport. It’s a journey many athletes can go through as they learn so much about their mindset and how to grow. Despite the disappointments, the 30-year-old’s passion for hockey has never wavered. In this interview on SportSpiel, Brendan explains why representing his country will never just be a job to him and how he constantly drives to be the best he can be. For him, the objective of simply getting selected for your country doesn’t compute. Why would you not push yourself to be the best you can be? He also explains how hockey can sell itself better to the general public, in an age where many sports are trying to capture the imagination and gain new fans. He also tells us why he ventured into podcasting himself after setting up the Lets Stick Together show with team-mate Phil Roper. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: GB Hockey Music: Otis McDonald
After leaving school at the age of 18, Lauren Torley had barely touched a rugby ball. But fast-forward to now and things are very different. Few will have predicted that just five years later she would have represented England at a home Commonwealth Games and been named as one of the most exciting prospects around – but that’s exactly what has happened. It has been a whirlwind career so far for the speedster as she has rapidly risen to the top of the women’s game plying her trade for the England Sevens and GB Sevens as well as Harlequins in the Premier 15s. She was a keen athlete throughout her life and had always dreamed of achieving one thing – representing her country in a sporting capacity. It didn’t matter which sport and it was all she’d ever wish for. At the age of 22 she achieved it. But while the journey so far may sound like one of non-stop positives, that isn’t the case. It has been far from easy. In Lauren’s first game of contact rugby, she suffered a serious injury while she has also had to contend with the global pandemic and the subsequent disruption that brought. And, when you think about it, she has had to learn a game while playing against some of the finest rugby players in the world. That’s one way of being dropped in the deep end. Lauren may be relatively inexperienced compared to those around her, but her ability is clear for all to see. She now has her eyes set on one day becoming an Olympian, and with her accomplishments so far, that looks like it could well become a reality.   Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Lauren Torley Music: Otis McDonald
Netball used to be one of the most important things in Nat Panagarry’s life – but that has all changed. Last year Nat’s wife Katie was diagnosed with stage four clear cell cancer and life as they knew it was turned upside down. Suddenly playing netball for England and Loughborough Lightening paled into insignificance for Nat compared to what she and her wife were facing. Unsurprisingly it has been a rollercoaster journey for the pair. There have been hospital appointments, chemotherapy and they have both had to tackle hurdles no one in their 30s expects to face. As Nat admits in this SportSpiel podcast episode, there were moments of anger. Many in their situation would ask – why them? They were no different. But there have also been moments of hope and happiness. In November the pair tied the knot and the countless messages of support they have received as they share their journey on social media have been overwhelming. Throughout it all playing netball for Loughborough does still play a key part in Nat’s life. Now that the 2023 Netball Super League season is back up and running that’s become very apparent, although she openly admits her approach is different. In many ways it’s also unknown as she embarks on her first full campaign balancing everything off the court as well. What is unmistakeable in this episode is Katie’s inspiration and the hurdles the couple face together are also a key reminder of the larger things in life. It also serves as a reminder of how much you can take from the person you love the most regardless of how tough the situations are. While the focus now is very much on Katie’s battle with the disease, Nat and her wife are determined to raise as much awareness as possible. One charity who perform such vital work in that area is Look Good Feel Better, who are partnering with England Netball for the return of their annual charity netball tournament on Sunday, March 26 to raise awareness and funds for the charity. Taking place at Warwick University, the tournament is open to teams looking to battle it out with an amazing cause in mind. With incredible prizes and goody bags on offer it’s a perfect opportunity to raise awareness for such a vital charity. Messages For more information on the Look Good Feel Better netball tournament visit: https://lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/charity-netball-tournament/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Nat Panagarry/England Netball Music: Otis McDonald
British track cyclist Milly Tanner has had a whirlwind last few years, and she’s determined to leave her mark. The 24-year-old switched from swimming to cycling back in 2017 through UK Sport’s talent transfer programme ‘Discover your Power’ – a gruelling process in itself as you’ll hear in this SportSpiel interview– but she hasn’t looked back since. A bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships in the team sprint, a silver in the same event at the 2020 European Championships, as well as competing at the Commonwealth Games last year are just some of the highlights. But as is so often the case in the world of elite sport, it has been a rollercoaster at times. There’s highs, there’s lows and there are days where you really have to grind to get through. For those in British Cycling there is also the pressure of living up to some of the greats that have come before – think Jason and Laura Kenny, Chris Hoy and many, many more. But cycling still retains that community feel and when Milly faced her first big setback – not making the most recent team for the World Championships – it was another legend in Victoria Pendleton who provided the right advice at the right time. In this podcast Milly openly takes us through her journey into cycling, from battling back from setbacks, to initially feeling like she had to catch up after arriving in the sport relatively late. But she also takes us through some of the causes that are close to her heart, and helped lead to her joining the pioneering Unlocked programme run by the Women’s Sport Trust. From period poverty to body image, these are just some of things Milly wants to use her voice to raise awareness of – and is part of the legacy she wants to leave from her time in elite sport. In a world that’s so dominated by social media and comparisons, these are messages that need to be heard. Milly also takes us through the influence the military has in her life, including how important the impressions you leave on people are, as well as her aims in the future as she looks to fulfil her potential. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: SWPix Music: Otis McDonald
Cricketer Fi Morris has learned a lot at the age of 29. From making her county championship debut at the age of 14, to top scoring for her team in the first ever women’s Hundred final, there’s plenty to celebrate. But it has been far from an easy ride for the all-rounder. An incident in her early 20s led to a severe decline in her mental health and well-being, which she struggled to admit and accept. That decline led to her taking a two-year break from cricket as – in her own words in this SportSpiel interview – she ‘went off the rails a bit.’ With the introduction of regionalised professional contracts in the women’s game, Fi also struggled to cope with the pressure after she was offered one. But throughout it all, Fi has learned some valuable lessons as she finds herself in a stronger place – ultimately to embrace what you love. She has now recently moved to North West Thunder, to play alongside former SportSpiel guests Kate Cross and Alex Hartley, and Fi reveals how that move has given her a new lease of life. She also explains in this podcast how the women’s game can continue to grow, her new business venture and how she became a mentor for our wonderful charity partner The Mintridge Foundation. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Fi Morris Music: Otis McDonald Additional thanks go to The Mintridge Foundation for helping us secure this interview
London Dynasty Cheer has grown exponentially in a ridiculously short time, and Joanna Haeger and Grace Lowe are key parts of that. This week’s podcast guests are the directors of LDC, as well as being athletes and coaches at the cheerleading club, and what began as a project in 2020 is now unrecognisable. With the initial aim of recruiting 23 athletes the growth of LDC has rocketed and the club now boasts in excess of 200 members as well as five competitive, one elite and two recreational teams. What’s more, they also have both national champs and Grand Champs victories under their belts. Joanna and Grace explain how LDC managed to achieve all this in spite of the Covid pandemic that has dominated much of the club’s existence. They also explain all about the sport, which can bring about many misleading connotations. When you think of cheerleading you might think of American sports, pom poms and all sorts of performing. This isn’t it. Competitive stunt-based cheerleading is very different. It’s fast, dangerous, jaw-dropping, skilful and any other adjective you can think of. But above all else there is an amazing community spirit bringing all backgrounds together. After all, that’s what sport should be all about. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to London Dynasty Cheer Music: Otis McDonald
Linn Sandstrom is one of the most determined individuals you will ever meet in sport. Currently ranked ninth by the WBA, the boxer has won three straight title fights – the WBC Australasia Title, WBA Asia Title and most recently the WBA inter-continental title won in October last year. In her words she is on a mission to never be “mediocre or average”. But it has been far from an easy – or conventional – journey for her. Born in Brazil, raised in Sweden and now living in Australia, Sandstrom’s route into boxing is unique. In Sweden she was a professional table tennis player, winning a number of Swedish titles along the way. However, due to the lack of opportunities on offer – and issues with finance on the women’s side – she left the sport before finding her new path into boxing. This is where Sandstrom the fighter really comes into her own. While her exploits in the ring are attracting plenty of attention there have been many doubters along the way questioning this former table tennis player. By her own admission it has been a tough road dealing with that negativity, but what was initially used as fuel to the fire is irrelevant these days. Those doubters have been proved well and truly wrong. Sandstrom is now on a mission to become a world champion and that hunger is so evident in this interview. If hard work is rewarded as it should be then there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of her in the boxing world. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: With thanks to Linn Sandstrom Music: Otis McDonald
British Olympic runner Amy-Eloise Markovc has plenty to be proud of over the last two years of her career. The 27-year-old became European indoor champion for the 3000m back in 2021, made her Olympic debut in Tokyo, came fourth in the 5000m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and she also broke the British two mile record in 2021 too. That’s just a brief list of some of her achievements – there’s many more – and while Amy is understandably proud of her accomplishments, in what she calls a crazy last two years, there’s still a nagging sense of that untapped potential. It’s something many athletes can relate to, the never-ending quest to consistently reach your maximum. With 2023 now here it’s something Amy will continue to strive for as she looks to make even more progress in her athletics journey. In this SportSpiel podcast interview Amy talks about her mission to try and unlock that potential – something that is easier said than done – with so much of it based on training and coaching changes as well as learning to protect her own mental energy – a tough balancing act. Amy also shares a mad episode in her life where she almost didn’t qualify for the Olympics thanks to some cones, it’s a story takes some sinking in! We also explore the progression and potential of women’s sport and why greater research is needed into periods. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image: Team GB and Sam Mellish (with thanks to Team GB) Music: Otis McDonald
The SportSpiel podcast is back with a brand new series of podcasts, starting from Tuesday, January 24, 2023. It’s been a busy last year for the pair of us, thanks to work, life and everything in between. But we’ve always wanted to get the podcast back up and running and now we have with a new schedule. Starting from January 24th we will be releasing a new podcast every week as part of a winter/spring series in 2023. We will then be returning with a summer/autumn series of episodes later in the year. We’re both really excited to continue what the podcast was always intended to do – tell athlete’s stories properly. Now more than ever we’ve seen the potential with areas such as women’s sport and other previously undervalued sports, and that has never sat right with us. So we’re back with our athlete interviews to bring you closer to these amazing individuals regardless of what sport they do. All that matters is they have a brilliant story to tell or a passionate message to share. That’s what we value on this podcast above all else – in-depth storytelling and who better to bring that to you than the athletes themselves. We’ve recorded a preview episode to give you a little snippet of what’s coming, and a bit of a life update, but above else we hope you all enjoy what we’ve got coming. Sharing and spreading the word is always appreciated! Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Subscribe to our email newsletter - https://tinyletter.com/SportSpielPod Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Music: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with rising Scottish cycling star Anna Shackley. The 20-year-old seemingly came out of nowhere back in 2021 when – then aged 18 – she signed for esteemed cycling team SD Worx. Prior to that she had mostly been focusing on the track with the British national programme, winning multiple Scottish junior national titles before winning the elite British points race and team pursuit titles in 2020. But during lockdown her coach reached out to the SD Worx team manager and that’s where the journey, and subsequent upward trajectory stemmed from. Fast forward to now and the rider is focusing on the road and has an Olympics appearance under her belt, after she was picked as the only support rider for Lizzie Deignan at the Tokyo games.  But there is no doubting Shakley’s talent and enthusiasm for learning as she aims to develop her skills even more. In this interview the rider talks all about that quick rise, being involved at an Olympic Games unlike any other as well as her love for scotland – and the scottish weather – among plenty of other topics. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Donate to Alasdair's fundraising page - https://themintridgefoundation.enthuse.com/pf/alasdair-hooper-4cb76?fbclid=IwAR01bypch5S-G4a3x00jPQHWJvDSjfXRG-XqL1wpsd5WUV4Im4V2klymXAI Credits Image: Getty Sport Music: Otis McDonald With thanks to SD Worx for help setting up this interview
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton host SportSpiel’s Review of the Year 2021. The past 12 months have proven to be another turbulent year as we began 2021 in lockdown and end it with the emergence of Omicron. But from a sporting sense, there was so much to shout about with many fans being treated to moments of greatness. While many events were unrecognisable – a fan-less Olympic Games as an example – the athletes showcased their dedication once again and gave us some sense of escapism. In this episode Alasdair and Will look back on the year in sport as they talk through their nominees and winners in four categories – best sporting moment (5:30), most inspiring moment (22:17), team of the year (39:59) and athlete of the year (xx:xx). Whether it’s a celebration of England’s Red Roses, or reminiscing on the remarkable Emma Raducanu, these are SportSpiel’s highlights of another topsy-turvy year. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Music: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel featuring British kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow. While it may be a powerful description, it’s fair to say Aaron is something of a pioneer in his sport. The 33-year-old is a five-time world champion and has been dominant in kiteboarding since 2004. But the transformation the sport has experienced in that time has been massive and Aaron has played a key part in that. The enthusiasm he has for pushing his sport shines through in this podcast interview, the passion is unmistakeable and that’s obviously a key factor to his success when he has been involved for so long. Aaron spoke to SportSpiel in the lead-up to the Red Bull King of the Air competition, taking place between November 18 and December 3 out in Cape Town in South Africa. It’s a competition Aaron has won twice, in 2015 and 2016, and he will certainly be looking to reclaim his crown. But away from that competition he gives us a rundown all about his sport in this podcast episode as well as how it has made him into the man he is today. He also tells how much he’s changed over the years, the key lessons he learned during periods of injury as well as how much further the sport can progress in the future. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Music: Otis McDonald Image: Craig Kolesky
Will Moulton hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with returning guest - and Paralympic champion - Laura Sugar. For most people the chance to represent your country in just one sport would be enough.  But Laura has had the chance to do it across three different events. After playing hockey for Wales, and then transitioning into athletics where she represented Team GB at the Rio Paralympics, she then became a world-class para-canoe athlete. At Tokyo 2020, barely 24 months after setting her first paddle in the water in anger, she became Paralympic champion before going on to win a world title just two weeks later. In her return to the podcast we focus on how her saying 'yes' has helped her achieve that incredible double gold. The Mintridge Foundation ambassador also talks about the need to increase awareness around para-sport and disabilities in general, and how we can help children realise that elite athletes are human - and what they do can be emulated. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Music: Otis McDonald
Will Moulton hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with Olympic gold medallist Kate French. The Modern Pentathlon star was part of a historic moment at Tokyo 2020 when her gold medal, along with fellow Brit Joe Choong’s own brilliant win, meant it was the first time a nation had claimed victory in both the men’s and women’s event. The fierce competitor is a humble individual however, in her words, while some people may excel in one of the five disciplines within Modern Pentathlon she likes to say she’s ‘average in all of them’. What certainly isn’t average is what Kate French has been able to do for her sport and that only looks set to continue in the future. On this episode of the podcast, she tells all about how she got into one of the most unique sports in the world and how spending time with a previous Olympic medallist inspired her to drive for the sport’s greatest stage. She also gives us a detailed rundown of how she took gold out in Tokyo and why it is so important to inspire the next generation. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image credit: Team GB Music: Otis McDonald
Modern pentathlete Joe Choong was one of the stars of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 26-year-old stormed to victory to become the first ever British man to win gold in the Modern Pentathlon.  It came after fellow Brit Kate French won gold in the women’s event to make it a truly historic moment – the first time a nation has won both. For Joe that completed a mammoth journey, from – in his words – messing up at Rio 2016, to having to deal with the pandemic and all the stresses and mental battles that came with it. But Joe is not going to let this moment pass by – it’s one he wants to seize so he can push Modern Pentathlon as a sport far and wide.  Momentum is a powerful thing after all and that incredible performance out in Tokyo could help pave the way for the next stars of the sport to come through.  It was a real pleasure to welcome Joe onto this episode of SportSpiel, as we touch on the journey to gold, the mental battles that came with it and the Modern Pentathlon brotherhood. Messages Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=en Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/ Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/ Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.com Visit our website - sportspielonline.com Find out about our partners The Mintridge Foundation - https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/ Credits Image credits: UIPM World Pentathlon / Virág Buza Music: Otis McDonald
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