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A podcast about all things women in sport. We share athletes stories from around the world as well as tackle the real issues girls and women face, be it body image, mental health or inequality.
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Lee Persse Part 1

Lee Persse Part 1

2020-05-2726:56

Kirsten Van Heerden speaks to our host Lee Persse!She shares her journey to 2 Olympic Games as well as life after and her journey with the transition out of rowing.Lee has important things to say about Mental Health and is passionate about sharing her story with others and helping others going through similar struggles.Follow Lee on the following platforms:Instagram: @leepersseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/lee.persseTwitter: @leepersse
Kirsten Landman

Kirsten Landman

2020-09-2201:19:01

Kirsten tells us about her epic career so far being the first African women to complete the Dakar Rally!Kirsten has overcome some tough times and has some great advice for those youngsters coming up in the bike racing scene.Please continue to follow Kirstens journey as she continues to blaze the trail for women athletes all over the world - showing us that nothing is impossible!Follow Kirsten Here:Website: https://www.kirstenlandman.com/about-kirsten-landman/Instagram: kirstlandman
Zintle Mpupha

Zintle Mpupha

2020-07-2934:28

Zintle is the SA Women's Rugby 7's team captain.Zintle also played cricket and rugby for Border.Zintle has had to make some tough decisions in her career but has always stuck to her gut and followed her dream!Zintle had some great insight into women's sport and also left us with some great advice!Follow Zintle and her team as they prepare for Tokyo 2021:Instagram: zintle_mpupha
Iris Slappendel

Iris Slappendel

2020-07-0139:38

Iris is a former Dutch professional road cyclist and Dutch National Champion. Iris is a strong advocate for equality in road cycling and has been doing some amazing work within women's cycling to help achieve the equality we all want to see! She is the co-founder of The Cyclist's Alliance!On top of all this Iris has used her passion for design to create her own cycling apparel range.Iris is doing some amazing work and gives some great advice on a few topics close to her heart!To follow Iris and see what she is up to please see links below:Facebook: Iris Slappendel (she has both a personal and athlete page)Instagram: @i_ris.ccInstagram: @irisslappendelInstagram: @thecyclistallianceWebsite: www.irisslappendel.comWebsite: www.i-ris.cc
Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson

2020-06-1748:07

Sarah Ferguson started off swimming in the pool but has since transitioned to open water and has not only swum the challenging Kaiwi Channel in Hawaii,  but also holds the Guinness World Record for being the FIRST PERSON EVER to swim non-stop around Easter Island!Along with her amazing swimming triumphs Sarah is also the founder of Breathe conservation and runs her own physiotherapy practice.It was amazing chatting to Sarah and hearing her story - she was so open and honest about her challenges as well as her triumphs and gave some great advice about making sure you are always taking the time to enjoy what you are doing!Sarah also told me about her Journey with Covid-19...Here is where to follow Sarah as she continues on her Journey:Facebook: Sarah FergusonFacebook: Breathe Ocean Conservation (BreatheOcean1)Instagram: sarahfergusonzaInstagram: @breatheocean1Twitter: @SarahFergusonZATwitter: @BreatheOcean1Website: https://breatheconservation.org/
Megan Mackenzie

Megan Mackenzie

2020-05-1251:04

It's not everyday you get to chat to one of the top trail runners in the world!Meg is such an inspiration and gives some great advice and insight into failure and not letting it get you down or define you as a person.Meg is a great role model and speaks about the belief, passion and love she has for her sport and that's what keeps her going!Meg has already achieved so much and has some exciting goals for the future, we can't wait to see where Meg's journey takes her!Please follow Meg as she continues to dominate the trail running world!Instagram: @megmackenzie1Website for coaching: www.therunproject.co.za
Sigi Burger

Sigi Burger

2020-05-0652:16

It was great to catch up with SA Netball star Sigi Burger!Even with the serious injuries she has faced, Sigi has managed to stay positive and motivated to continue to reach her goals!Listen to hat she has to say about over coming dissapointment and staying motivated to achieve your goals!Please follow Sigi as she continues to dominate  the Netball Court:Instagram: @sigiburgerFacebook: Sigi Burger
Sinalo Jafta

Sinalo Jafta

2020-04-2945:54

After the amazing result from the SA Women's cricket team at the recent Cricket World Cup it was great to chat to Sinalo Jafta.Sinalo never let anyone tell her she can't do something and has always been determined to prove people who don't believe in her wrong!I spoke to Sinalo about her journey through mental health and why she believes it is so important to make sure you are working on keeping mentally fit and strong.Sinalo gives some great advice to the youth - so listen up if you are needing some inspiration!Sinalo has some great aspirations for the future both in cricket and the working world and we can't wait to see where her journey takes her.You can follow Sinalo and her journey here:Instagram: @jaffie_10Facebook: Sinalo JaftaTwitter: @jafs22
Alice Mayne Part 2

Alice Mayne Part 2

2020-04-2341:01

Alice Mayne is not only a very good friend of mine, but also rowed for the French National team for many years. Alice and I were not only competitors but also team mates and I really enjoyed catching up with her. We speak about the importance of mental health and how it can impact your sport as well as your self confidence. We also chat about retirement from sport which is something both of us have taken some time to adjust to our new lives outside of rowing.Alice is now a personal trainer and coach helping to empower others to feel good about their bodies, health and minds!To keep following Alices journey see links below:Instagram: Alice.mayneFacebook: Alice Louise Sophia
Alice Mayne Part 1

Alice Mayne Part 1

2020-04-2247:15

Alice Mayne is not only a very good friend of mine, but also rowed for the French National team for many years. Alice and I were not only competitors but also team mates and I really enjoyed catching up with her. We speak about the importance of mental health and how it can impact your sport as well as your self confidence. We also chat about retirement from sport which is something both of us have taken some time to adjust to our new lives outside of rowing.Alice is now a personal trainer and coach helping to empower others to feel good about their bodies, health and minds!To keep following Alices journey see links below:Instagram: Alice.mayneFacebook: Alice Louise Sophia
Jenna Challenor

Jenna Challenor

2020-04-1546:37

Was great to chat to ultra-marathon runner Jenna Challenor about being a mom, wife and elite athlete and how she fits it all in!Jenna has such a positive outlook on life and is so passionate about her running as well as her family! It can't be easy to juggle so many things at once but Jenna seem to be able to do it with ease!Please follow Jenna on her running journey as she continues to reach for her goals!Facebook: Jenna Challenor AthleteInstagram: @jennachallie1Twitter: @jennaChallie1Website: http://www.jennachallenor.co.za
Sarah Lee Harris

Sarah Lee Harris

2020-04-0801:07:20

What an exciting podcast chatting to Sarah Harris not only about her own waterpolo journey both as an athlete and coach, but also hearing her thoughts on retirement and athlete transition, the adversity she had to overcome to achieve her goals and some tough decisions she had to make along the way.Sarah's passion and determination not only for waterpolo but also for life shines through in this podcast and we are so grateful to have her share her journey with us!Please follow Sarah as she continues her journey:Instagram: @seriharrisFacebook: Seri HarrisTwitter: @seriharris
Gillian Sanders

Gillian Sanders

2020-04-0147:55

In these episode I chat to Gillian Sanders; SA triathlete and 2 time Olympian about how Covid-19 has impacted her training and build up to Tokyo 2020.We also discuss the development of triathletes in South Africa and where she would like to see improvements.Gill started started triathlon at a young age but then gave it a break to study and enjoy her student years! She picked it up again later on in life and has seen nothing but success - a true inspiration!To follow Gill and her build up to Tokyo 2021 you can find her here:Facebook: Gillian Curr SandersInstagram: @gilliancsandersTwitter: @gillcurrsanders
Phumelela Mbande

Phumelela Mbande

2020-03-1847:52

South African Field Hockey Goalkeeper and Chartered Accountant, wonder women Phumelela Mbande chats to me about finding balance between work and sport as well as her struggles with Mental Health.Phumz speaks so openly and honestly and if you are someone who has or is struggling with mental health whether in sport or life you don't want to miss this Podcast!
Hayley Nixon

Hayley Nixon

2020-03-0456:09

Absolutely loved this one! Not only did I get to catch up with an old and special friend and team mate, reminiscing on some good and not so good memories, but we also got to talk about some great topics concerning women in sport specifically connected to gender equality and equal pay in sport.Hayls went through a rough time after not being selected for the London 2012 Olympics for rowing, but in an inspiring way she managed to turn it all around and go on to claim World Chapmion titles in both surfski  and ocean paddling!*Side note we do talk quite a bit of rowing;)To follow Hayley's  journey please find her social media handles below:Instagram: @haylesznFB: Hayley-Jo NixonTwitter: @HaylesZN
On todays podcast I talk to Mona Pretorius de Lacey. Mona is one of the Girls Only Project ambassadors and a Bronze medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for powerlifting.We speak about body image and what it means to embrace your body no matter what other people say about it.Mona also tells us about some of the amazing projects she is working on!Follow Mona on social media:Instagram: @powerfulpretoriusFB: Mona de LaceyWebsite: https://powerfulpretorius.com
Dr Kirsten Van Heerden

Dr Kirsten Van Heerden

2020-02-1943:44

In our very first Girls Only Project podcast I talk to Dr Kirsten Van Heerden the founder of the Girls Only Project!We discuss why she started the project, and the aims and goals of the project going forward. We also discuss her thoughts on the issues women in sport are facing and how she thinks we can change things to make a difference going forward!Please be sure to follow Girls Only project:Instagram: @girlsonlyprojectFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Girls-Only-Project-226663657725758/Twitter: https://twitter.com/GOProject_SAWebsite: https://girlsonlyproject.org
Toni McCann

Toni McCann

2020-11-1238:31

What a privilege to be able to chat to Toni about her journey so far!Toni shared what it is like to struggle with our identity and who we are when we loose the thing that we love the most. We speak about vulnerability  and the struggle of speaking out about emotions and feelings.Toni has some exciting goals ahead and we looking forward to seeing where she goes, no doubt she will achieve great things going forward!Please also watch this amazing movie Toni put together showcasing her journey through lockdown, so many of us can relate to what Toni was going through.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siMop_5C6asPlease continue to follow Toni as she rocks the trail running world:Instagram: @tonimccann
Heather Clark

Heather Clark

2020-10-2539:13

Heather Clark is one of South Africa's most decorated surfers ever, and was a true trailblazer and pioneer for women's surfing. Over her 14 year professional career (including 8 years on the World Championship Tour which was comprised of the top 16 surfers in the world) she won numerous titles, and is still the only South African, man or woman, to win the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in Hawaii. She is also double World Master Surfing champion, 8 x South African Open Champion and 4 x South African Masters Champion. In this episode she talks about the ups and downs of her journey and the fight for equality in women's surfing. Heather is a true legend of the sport and has valuable insights for all women in sport. Follow her on Instagram @heatherclarksurfadventures 
Wenda Nel

Wenda Nel

2020-10-0501:06:56

Wenda Nel is a 400m South African Hurdler.Wenda has been a professional athlete for over 12 years and has some impressive achievements during this time! She competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, won a Bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and is a multiple South African and African champion.Wenda speaks about her career and her passion and joy she finds in Athletics. She has great advice for up and coming athletes and really wants to give back once she has finished competing.Wenda is so down to earth and humble about her achievements, it was great chatting to her and learning more about what drives her and keeps her motivated 12 years on!Please follow Wenda as she continues to prepare for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games:Instagram: wendanel27
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