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The Players' Podcast - including feature interviews from the stars of sport | Hosted by Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton | Get in touch at sportspielpod@gmail.com
Visit our website: https://sportspielonline.com
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Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton present SportSpiel's October discussion episode. On this edition of the show they go through the biggest headlines and pick apart the most important questions in the news.In part one (6:31) the pair look at racism and football fandom after several high-profile incidents of racial abuse both abroad and in the UK. In the discussion they try and analyse the root causes and look at what can be done to stamp out the abuse.In part two (35:00) they look back at mental health in sport as several high profile athletes chose to share their own personal struggles around World Mental Health Day, including England Hockey's Suzy Petty.Finally, in part three (50:56) they look at athletes who excelled in more than one sport after former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech starred in his ice hockey debut.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsMusic: Otis McDonald
Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom (https://twitter.com/YonaKW) is something of an anomaly in his sport.As the Leeds-born athlete says himself, he is almost two metres tall, is a ‘heavy diver’ and he’s black. That isn’t something you see very often.But despite the stereotype he is writing history in Jamaican sport.Not only was he the first Jamaican diver to medal at an international diving event, he was also the first Jamaican - and first to represent a Caribbean island - at the Olympics in diving.On this episode Yona takes us through the reasons why we don't often see people like him in his sport. The Leeds-born athlete also explains why he took the Jamaican route - quite simply he wouldn't be diving now if he hadn't.He also tells us about the tough lessons he learnt after Rio 2016 as well as the story behind his own podcast The Athlete's Voice (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-athletes-voice/id1417298918) .MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)You can find The Athlete's Voice on Apple Podcasts here - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-athletes-voice/id1417298918CreditsImage credit: With thanks to Yona Knight-WisdomMusic: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by journalists Julia Cook (https://twitter.com/juliaellencook) and Ollie Godden (https://twitter.com/Goddeno) for SportSpiel's September discussion episode.On this edition of the show the panel go through the biggest headlines and pick apart the most important questions. In part one (6:07) it's all about the IAAF World Championships and whether Doha - the capital of Qatar - is a suitable venue after horrible scenes during the women's marathon. With attendances far from full, it raises doubts as to why the event is being held in the city at all. In part two (21:08) the panel look at social media and body shaming after runner Eilish McColgan recently called out the trolls on her own account. Finally, in part three (37:09), the four look at the cloud that is doping after the latest twist involving the Russian Anti Doping AgencyNotesMake sure you catch our cameo in the short documentary One Voice, One Mic - the Rise of Podcasting (https://1voice1mic.wordpress.com/watch/)MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsMusic: Otis McDonald
Lizzie Simmonds is one of Britain’s most successful swimmers.  She is a double European Champion, a 13-time British Champion, a double Olympian and a Commonwealth silver medallist – that’s just a short list of her achievements.The 28-year-old retired from the sport back in July 2018 but things have been far from simple since then.  When you’ve lived for most of your life as an elite athlete – chasing targets and aiming to go as fast as you can – there is a massive void to fill when you take it away.  That’s proved to be particularly challenging for Lizzie as she struggled to come to terms with her loss of identity.  Not only that, but the current vice chair of the BOA Athletes' Commission also admits to struggling with her emotions at competitions - too often she would believe her self-worth as a person was wrapped up with her success in the pool. In this feature interview Lizzie speaks to Alasdair Hooper all about her life after sport – the identity crisis, the battle with self-worth, and also the challenges of seeing your body change once you retire. But, through the hardship, the 28-year-old has learnt a lot and she is ready to pass on her knowledge to the next generation.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsImage credit: With thanks to Lizzie Simmonds and The Mintridge FoundationMusic: Otis McDonald
British trampolinist Laura Gallagher has transformed into a completely different person.In her first appearance on SportSpiel (https://sportspielonline.com/2019/03/02/gymnastics-special-laura-gallagher/) the 2017 British Champion bravely opened up about the mental health struggles she faced that subsequently led to her break from the sport. In particular there was a nagging sense that she hadn't fulfilled her potential and that she felt like a failure. (https://sportspielonline.com/2019/03/03/laura-gallagher-i-just-felt-like-a-failure/)But fast forward to now and Laura is in a completely different place and has closed a door.Speaking with Will Moulton she talks about the response from friends and family following her mental health admission and her efforts to close the door on that part of her life. She also talks her new main aim - qualifying for her first Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.comCreditsImage credit: With thanks to Mike Driscoll and Laura GallagherMusic: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by Goalball UK star Sarah Leiter (https://twitter.com/SarahLeiter) on episode 40 of SportSpiel. Feature InterviewOn our feature interview section (2:42) Alasdair speaks to Sarah who is not only a talented athlete, but also a junior doctor after graduating from the University of Cambridge. In her chat on the podcast Sarah explains about life growing up with albinism, and having only 10 per cent of her vision, but also how it has come to define her. Despite the challenges - particularly trying to play sport in school PE - Sarah is now one of the most inspiring athletes around after trying out goalball following London 2012.With Tokyo 2020 approaching, Sarah takes us through the British goalball team's attempts to qualify for the Paralympics after narrowly missing out in 2016 and there's also conversation on the importance of making women's sport as visible as possible. Part TwoAlasdair and Will present the news round-up (30:35) as they go through some of the important headlines that caught their eyes, including the Nike's policy change over pregnant athletes and the first concussion substitute in cricket.In our discussion topic this week (47:56) we look at the England Rugby World Cup squad as Eddie Jones picks a squad with some notable omissions.Lastly we hold the latest round of Ask Alasdair (1:01:43) where Will asks Alasdair, and then the listeners, a sports trivia question.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsImage credit: Photo 1 - Goalball UK, Image 2 - IBSA Goalball and Julie Laramie PhotographyMusic: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by Rugby League official and Leeds Rhinos' star Caitlin Beevers (https://twitter.com/CaitlinBeevers1) on episode 39 of SportSpiel.Feature InterviewOn our feature interview section (4:29) Will speaks to Caitlin who has already achieved so much at the age of 17.As part of Leeds Rhinos she already has two consecutive Challenge Cup victories - in 2018 and 2019 - and she has also been selected as part of the England squad for the Downer World Cup Nines in Sydney and the historic trip to Papua New Guinea.But Caitlin is no stranger to history having become the first female to ever referee a Rugby League game at Wembley Stadium last year. This is a game-changing athlete paving the way for other girls in her sport. Part TwoAlasdair and Will present the news round-up (34:20) as they go through some of the important headlines that caught their eyes, including the latest in the Caster Semenya case, the conclusion of the Women's Ashes and the possibility of a female British and Irish Lions team. In our discussion topic this week (51:00) we look at gambling advertising after the introduction of a voluntary ban during pre-watershed live sporting action was introduced.We debate the effects it will have and ask if we're treating gambling addiction as seriously as we should be.Lastly we hold the latest round of Ask Alasdair (1:05:47) where Will asks Alasdair, and then the listeners, a sports trivia question.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.comCreditsImage credit: With thanks to Caitlin BeeversMusic: Otis McDonald
Will Moulton hosts a Netball World Cup special of the podcast with Australia's Jo Weston (https://twitter.com/joannamweston)  and Liz Watson (https://twitter.com/watson_lizzy)  plus New Zealand's Shannon Saunders. (https://twitter.com/FrancoisShannon)The 2019 Netball World Cup gets underway in Liverpool on Friday, July 12 with anticipation building at home and abroad.While the home nations will be hoping to enjoy their own success, two nations vying for glory will be Australia and New Zealand. On this special episode of SportSpiel, Will gets an insight from both camps as he speaks with Jo Weston (1:23) and Liz Watson (18:04) from the Aussie Diamonds.Finally he speaks with Silver Ferns' Shannon Saunders (35:33) as the countdown to the tournament draws ever closer.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsMusic: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton host the fifth FIFA World Cup Special ahead of the start of the 2019 tournament in France.This year's competition looks likely to get more coverage than ever before, thrusting women's football into the spotlight.And it really is about time.In part one of this episode (1:42) Alasdair and Will talk about the development in social media towards women's football and what else still needs to change.In part two (16:53) the two talk about how France 2019 must be used to help develop grassroots and sport at the youth level, particularly for girls with just eight per cent aged 11 to 18 meeting the chief medical officer's guidelines for daily activity.It's a worrying figure that sorely needs to change. Can France 2019 do that?MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsMusic: Otis McDonald
Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by Sportsbeat and Love Sport Radio's Ella Jerman (https://twitter.com/EllaJerman) to look ahead to the FIFA Women's World Cup.In our fourth special episode ahead of France 2019, the podcast turns to analysis before the competition gets underway on Friday, June 7.In part one (3:19) we look at England and how their preparations have gone ahead of their first game against Scotland.We discuss how they might line-up and we also take a look at Shelley Kerr's Scotland team, who could well be underdogs in France.In part two (29:44) we turn our attention to the World Cup as a whole and give our tournament predictions, including who we think will be a breakout star, who will be top scorer and who will ultimately win.MessagesFollow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SportSpielPod?lang=enLike us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SportSpielPod/Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sportspielpod/Get in touch: sportspielpod@gmail.comVisit our website: sportspielonline.com (http://sportspielonline.com/)CreditsMusic: Otis McDonald
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