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Jean Smyth presents a regular podcast detailing the Laureus Sport for Good initiatives in South Africa and around the world. #PowerOfSport

Jean Smyth presents a regular podcast detailing the Laureus Sport for Good initiatives in South Africa and around the world. #PowerOfSport
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Jean Smyth presents a regular podcast detailing the Laureus Sport for Good initiatives in South Africa and around the world. #PowerOfSport






Power of Sport YES graduation special

In this episode 23 inspiring Laureus South Africa Youth Empowerment through Sport (Yes) graduates celebrated their special day in Johannesburg as they continue their journey in spreading the Sport for Good message in the communities in which they live and work. And we travel to Cape Town and the official residence of the UK High Commissioner His Excellency Nigel Casey where special guest Johann Rupert joined a host of programmes and ambassadors before heading to Muizenberg to see Waves for...


Laureus Sport for Good Global Summit special

130 programmes from around the world, 200-odd delegates, Academy members, Ambassadors and Sport for Good - the 2018 Laureus Global Summit in partnership with Allianz was a huge success. This special edition of the Power of Sport travelled to Paris for the 3-day gathering that brings the Laureus family together to tell that story. We speak to delegates from across the world as well as the likes of Sean Fitzpatrick, Steve Waugh, Bryan Habana, Daley Thompson, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Fabian...


Celebrating 100 episodes of The Dan Nicholl Show

Not even the man himself could probably have imagined that The Dan Nicholl Show would have reached the 100 episode mark. And so in order to honour the fantastic achievement Jean Smyth sat down with the Laureus Ambassador in Paris to reflect on some of his favorite memories over the years and what Sport for Good means to him. Plus, there’s the small matter of an on-the-record admission that Bryan Habana will likely be keen to hear!


Mercedes-Benz knockout breakfast series in 2018 HL

The Eastern Cape is the beating heart of Mercedes Benz in South Africa, with a rich history. The world’s premier motoring company is a proud partner of Laureus South Africa and in 2018 held a series sporting-themed breakfasts delivering key insights into the latest happenings in the sporting world as well as the Laureus Foundation. This episode provides a highlights reel of those events as we hear from some of sport's biggest names including the likes of Zolani Tete, Jeremy Brockie, Amanda...


Power of Sport Ep19

"Please, please my child; never stop going to school because look at what's happened to you because of this.....the ululating, the happiness, you can't explain it." Those the words of the Hlawula Vutomi's Doc Mabila who we speak to in the latest Power of Sport podcast as he, along with Morne du Plessis and Corne Krige, held a special event in the Kruger National Park to showcase the work this incredible programme is doing not only for sport but also conservation. And, he's done it again,...


Power of Sport Ep18

There are few South African sporting figures who have garnered more attention in the media in the last few months than Springbok captain Siya Kolisi. For this episode of the Power of Sport Jean Smyth went to meet up with him and got unique insights into family, leadership, guilt & the meaning of inspiration.


#Mandela100 Special Episode

In the year that Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and its South African Chairman, Morne du Plessis, walked its own road to Ellis Park to pay tribute to his memory. The hallowed turf upon which Madiba’s Magic united a nation, Ellis Park, played host to programmes from around the country who gathered, in many ways, to pay tribute to his legacy on Mandela Day. In this special edition, Jean Smyth hears from real-life South African heroes living...


Jonathan Hill special episode

He's still fairly new in the job but the CEO of Laureus Jonathan Hill, has already made a big impact! The man from Leeds, with an illustrious career in sport, fills us in on his background, his drive and what his vision is for the organisation going forward. Plus, he reveals his guilty sporting pleasure and tells us about his role in creating one of football's most prominent catch-phrases.


Power of Sport Ep17

Laureus South Africa is going on another exchange! This time the incredible team from Fight with Insight travel to Rio de Janeiro not just to hone their boxing skills but to share knowledge and gain valuable life experience. Plus, Football World Cup fever will be gripping the nation hoping to put the despair of 2014 behind them in Russia 2018! And Ambassador Dan Nicholl, never one for the conventional, celebrated his birthday by inviting all of his friends to a cricket tournament letting...


Power of Sport Ep16

In this episode Jean Smyth catches up with Schalk Brits who spent just two weeks in retirement before being called up to the Springboks. An extraordinary story featuring: golf, Ibiza, Vincent Koch, Rassie Erasmus & mojitos! Plus, we kick off our annual series of sporting themed breakfasts with Mercedes Benz delving deep into the cycling world.


Power of Sport Ep15



Power of Sport Ep14

Do you know who’s going to win the Football World Cup in Russia? Go on then, tell us. While you’re sending your tweet or compiling your Facebook post, download and listen to the latest Power of Sport podcast where some of the most compelling reasoning can be found as to who will be crowned World Champions on 15 July in Moscow can be found. That’s right: none other than former World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman, the Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis and...


Laureus World Sports Awards 2018 SPECIAL

What a night! The Laureus World Sports Awards, yet again, wowed all with Roger Federer taking top honours. Power of Sport host Jean Smyth goes 'behind the scenes' to bring you this Special Edition featuring unique insights into one of the sporting world's most high-profile events. Hear from Federer at his majestic best, as well as Bryan Habana, Caster Semenya, Steve Waugh, Edwin Moses, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ryk Neethling, Dan Carter, Morne du Plessis, Akani Simbine, Craig Nossel and Mercedes...


Power of Sport Ep13

In this episode Springbok record try-scorer and Laureus Ambassador Bryan Habana gives the strongest hint yet that he’s on the verge of retiring from the sport. We also gain an insight into South African production house T&W whose founder Gareth Whittaker talks about the emotions he has watching work produced by his company at the Laureus Awards is viewed by 200 million people across the globe. And, Jean Smyth chats to former US football star goalkeeper Hope Solo for her view on former...


Power of Sport Ep12

Two Springbok rugby legends, one goal, to use the Power of Sport to change young lives! In this episode Jean Smyth chats to Bryan Habana as his foundation finds root in South Africa while former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is part of the Coolplay and Laureus initiative in which 12 youngsters will be travelling to one of the greatest rugby spectacles of them all - the Hong Kong Sevens.


Power of Sport Ep11

Fancy trekking through the Himalayas? You do? How about aiming to traverse the entire area, in just 28 days? Impossible, surely? Well not if you’re ultra-distance legend Ryan Sandes who tells Jean Smyth about his mind-boggling upcoming attempt that’ll be the toughest challenge he’s ever faced. His words, not ours. Plus Power of Sport hears from another man out of his comfort zone, football manager Andre Villas Boas, who explains why he decided on a break from football to drive in the...


Power of Sport Ep10

In this first episode of 2018, 800m star Caster Semenya gives Jean Smyth her exclusive reaction to being nominated as Sportswoman of the Year at the upcoming Laureus World Sports awards. Cycling sensation Nic Dlamini gets his career underway on the sport's biggest stage with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's World Tour team and we sit down with Banyana Banyana interim head coach Desiree Ellis who reflects on the team being recognized as the continent's best at the CAF awards, her goals for...


Power of Sport Ep 9

In the final episode for 2017 sprint superstar Akani Simbine joins Jean Smyth to reflect on the year, the influence Usain Bolt played in his career and his goals for 2018; we travel to East London as the Youth Empowerment through Sport (Yes) leaders graduate and we pick out the best moments across the series in our journey to highlight the Power of Sport.


Power of Sport - Laureus SA in 2017

2017 has been among the most successful for Laureus SA. In this podcast Jean Smyth speaks to Executive Director Brett Graham to unpack the highs - and how that strategy will inform an equally exciting 2018.


Power of Sport Ep 8

Jean Smyth sits down with the World Sevens Series Champions Blitzboks to gain an understanding of what made them South Africa's most succesful sports team on the international stage last season. And (we had to do it) they play Blitz, on one another; you don't want to miss out on this from Kyle Brown, Phillip Snyman and coach Neil Powell. We also wrap the series of hugely succesful sporting-themed breakfasts with partner Mercedes-Benz, we hear from Indian cricket superstar Yuvraj Singh who...