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Author: Mike James

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The aim of the Curious Cows Podcast is to challenge herd wisdom through conversations with the 'moo-vers' and shakers in life who have an inspirational story to tell that is simply worth listening to! Whilst the podcast is rooted in sport, our guests are not limited to the sporting world as we explore a variety of fields and disciplines.
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A number of listeners to this podcast have asked, 'why Curious Cows?', so I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell the story of the 'Curious Cow' as a metaphor for the simple premise that we have a choice in life between being fenced in all our lives by herd wisdom or challenging it and its associated limits and barriers.  And that's the main thread of this podcast - talking to people who are approaching life with a 'curious cow' attitude, who are walking to the beat of a different drum, thinking differently and outside the box.
Meet Ian Cast - Dressage coach, confidante, best friend, and mentor to Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin.  Hear his story from taking Charlotte on as a teenager and their journey together through to Gold at the London Olympics in 2012, Rio in 2016 and hopefully on to Tokyo this summer. Ian has some superb insights into coaching at both a recreational and high performance level, and his passion for his trade and sport shine through.Timeline:2.26     Learning about Dressage - Ian fills us in3.45     Becoming a dressage coach6..46    What gets you out of bed in the morning as a coach?8.58     Recreation versus Performance10.00   A typical day12.04   Coach both horse and rider14.15   Introducing Valegro (Blueberry)17.15   Borrowing from other sports20.28   The Charlotte story29.48   The Olympic journey begins32.28   Some of Charlotte's challenges36.41   'Same old s**t, different arena'37.27    Personal highlights - the thrill of London41.03    Repeating in Rio and 'doubling up'42.13    Tokyo50.51    Giving everything to the client, training the horse sympathetically, being the 'rock' & leaving no stone unturnedNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the March 2021 pandemic lockdown. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).
Mike James in conversation with Jemima King.Jemima King is the County Performance Officer for Buckinghamshire Junior Tennis.  She is an inspirational coach and role model for girls in sport whilst also being a huge advocate for the female coaching journey. As a player she played U.S College Tennis at Boise State, becoming their most decorated ever doubles player, but also was instrumental in leading Bucks Ladies to their first ever Division 1 'County Week' title. Listen to how she balances out motherhood and coaching, her Fed Cup Trip to Argentina with Judy Murray in 2012, what 'performance' means to her.  She concludes with her 3 key qualities/values that she seeks to live up to everyday.Jemima's bio.Podcast highlights:1.07     A 'late developer' on court5.10     U.S Div 1 College Tennis at Boise State7.53     Injury halts play but her game develops as a result9.28     Thinking about turning professional11.20   Journey into coaching14.18   A heart for getting girls into sport18.10   Balancing motherhood and coaching21.05   Advocating the female coaching journey25.55   A new role - County Performance Officer for Bucks Tennis27.50   County Tennis as a player - leading Bucks ladies forward to first ever County week Div 1 title38.23   What does 'performance' mean to you?42.43   3 key qualities/values that you seek to live up to each dayNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the February 2021 pandemic lockdown. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).
Mike James in conversation with Scott Allaway.Scott is a former member of the TeamGB Bobsleigh Team and went on to become its Commercial Director between 2010 and 2014.  His work in this role took the team to the Winter Olympics in Sochi where their 4 man crew finished 5th - later upgraded to an Olympic Bronze Medal after the Russian doping scandal which disqualified the two Russian sleds which finished ahead of GB.Throughout this time Scott has, and continues to be, a very successful businessman applying lessons from sport into business and visa versa in equal measure.  His enthusiasm, humour and ability to break through barriers (if he even sees them!) will no doubt inspire you as you listen to his story.Highlights:0.55     How Scott got into Bobsleigh and winning through a talent ID day at Bath University at the age of 35!8.49     Selection for GB 'It's a stopwatch sport'10.50   Scott becomes commercial director for British Bobsleigh in 2010 with the organisation was broke, had no sponsors, and was in disarray15.50   Picking up the phone, selling the vision, using business experience to get the support required.  Scott raises over 350K!18.00   A trip to the Sochi Olympics20.43   The Russian doping scandal culminated 6 years later in the team getting the bronze medal - the cost & implications of this...22.43   Scott's business career - did sport inform business or visa versa?  Becoming a director and then eventually buying and selling Zenith30.35  Getting restless for a new challenge32.30  That's 'been' so put it in the 'bin'34.45  New venture - indoor sport structures (Halton Sport Structures* ) - 52 'live' projects41.33  Scott's 3 keys to winning at life!*Halton Sport Structures is an independent business to Halton Tennis Centre and is not a branch/offshootNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the February 2021 pandemic lockdown. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).
Mike James in conversation with John Walker and Nick Leighton about Halton Tennis Centre, then and now, with an emphasis on the last twenty years - the first Curious Cows Podcast.Highlights:    2m03s: Nick recounts a brief history of what went on at Halton through the twentieth century.    9:27 John remembers joining Halton and how he was encouraged to become involved.    13:22 Nick discusses the last 20 years in numbers - finance and people.    23:34 The Complete Tennis Experience    24:54 The turnaround begins; conditions John required to start the process    33:44 Nick's light hand at the tiller and evolution    42:23 All valued and welcome and the value of volunteers    47:06 The present and future; looking to the future and post-pandemic and managing changeNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the January 2021 pandemic lockdown, hence some noises off. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence)
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