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Ep 22. Nathan Homer - sport as a vehicle to realising brand ambitions

9/28/2017
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In episode 22, we talk 'sports marketing' with Nathan Homer. It’s a fascinating conversation about how sports marketing is evolving and how rights holders can work with brands to enable both parties to achieve their ambitions. Nathan Homer is currently Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer at European Golf Tour. He has a wealth of experience of working with global brands and has a track record of creating compelling world class marketing programmes for different brands and audiences,...

Duration: 00:27:56


Ep 21. Rest, recovery and summer holidays

8/1/2017
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In episode 21 we take a moment to reflect on what Olympians, World Champions, and Leaders in sport think their best performance enhancers actually are. "It’s in those spaces where most of our physical and psychological growth occurs" At the end of each of these podcast episodes I’ve asked my guests a series of ‘quick fire questions. One of those questions is, ‘What's your best performance enhancer?’ Listen to what people actually said...

Duration: 00:06:36


Ep 20. Reshmin Chowdhury - sports broadcaster on the challenges and rewards of a media career

7/19/2017
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Can you have it all? In episode 20 we chat to BBC and BT Sport Broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury. We discuss the captivating nature of sport, how as a mother of two she juggles multiple responsibilities and how one always has to be at the top of your game on live sport. Reshmin Chowdhury is a multilingual sports presenter, reporter and event host, broadcasting globally for the BBC and BT Sport. She is one of BT Sport’s key reporters for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. She also...

Duration: 00:32:54


Ep 19. Katie Richards - performance scientist on enabling children to develop as elite athletes

6/30/2017
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How can we support children to develop into elite athletes? In episode 19 we chat to Performance and Coaching Scientist, Katie Richards. We discuss the explosion in success of British Gymnastics, the issues facing young elite performers and how a supportive coaching framework can enable talented children to develop. Katie Richards is a Chartered Scientist, BASES Sport & Exercise Scientist, Senior Lecturer Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University and is completing her PhD in the skill...

Duration: 00:25:21


Ep 18. Sharon Fuller - BBC Sport editor on behavioural and cultural change

6/16/2017
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How do you inspire a nation? In episode 18 we chat to Sharon Fuller – the editor of BBC Sports new live events service. We discuss behavioural change campaigns, how audiences are consuming sport across broadcast, digital & interactive content and how she measures success. Sharon Fuller is an Editor at BBC Sport and has worked the broadcast coverage of multiple events covering everything from Archery to Zumba including the odd Formula One season and an Olympics or two. She runs the BBC's...

Duration: 00:25:08


Ep 17. Anna Kessel MBE - journalist and campaigner on the power of sport

5/31/2017
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In episode 17 we talk with Anna Kessel about the role of sport within society, what makes a high performing story, and what motivates her campaigning drive. We also hear her thoughts about how journalism has changed over the past 15 years. Anna Kessel is a sports journalist, acclaimed author and vocal campaigner on equality in sport. A rare example of a female journalist in her field, Anna published Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Your Life (Macmillan) in 2016, a passionate polemic...

Duration: 00:23:08


Ep 16. Annamarie Phelps CBE - from athlete to sporting leader

5/14/2017
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In episode 16 we talk with Annamarie Phelps about what it's like to lead a sport, the importance of elite role models, and how British Rowing has evolved into an Olympic powerhouse sport. We also hear about how she navigated the highs and lows of her own international rowing career. Annamarie Phelps CBE is Chairman of British Rowing, vice chairman of the British Olympic Association and a Trustee of the British Paralympic Association. Annamarie enjoyed a successful international rowing...

Duration: 00:27:02


Ep 15. Kelly Smith MBE - football legend on commitment, retirement and love of the game

4/30/2017
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In episode 15 we talk with Kelly Smith about her football career, how the sport has changed over the past twenty years and her views on success. We also talk about what it's like being in the public eye and how it feels to embark on a new career as a coach. Kelly Smith, arguably England’s greatest ever female player, dedicated her whole life to playing football and retired from international duty after 20 years. Kelly was the first England Women’s superstar, on the global stage. One of...

Duration: 00:22:21


Ep 14. Cath Bishop- world champion rower on how culture impacts performance

4/14/2017
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In episode 14 we talk with three-time Olympian and former world champion rower, Cath Bishop about how culture impacts performance. We discuss competition, how she was chosen as the 'last resort' for her University crew, the psychological challenges of coming second and her pride in becoming world champion in 2003. Cath Bishop is a former Olympic medalist rower and respected diplomat who has spent time in some of the world’s most hostile conflict zones. She is also a visiting professor at...

Duration: 00:25:51


Ep 13. Sue Ansitiss - Sports PR professional on business culture

3/27/2017
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In episode 13, Sue Anstiss talks about the journey from founding her company in the back bedroom at age 26 to running an award winning sports PR agency almost 25 years ago. Sue Anstiss is the founder and MD of Promote PR, a multi-award winning agency specialising in the field of sport and fitness for over 20 years. Promote is renowned for its work with women and girls – driving grassroots sports participation and fitness. A founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, Sue is also Chair...

Duration: 00:16:14


Ep 12. Jeanette Kwakye - from Olympic sprinter to career in the media

3/14/2017
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In episode 12 we talk with Jeanette Kwakye about her sprinting career, the stress of injury and what it was like stepping out into an Olympic final. We also talk about her transition to life in the media and what it's like being on the other side of sport. Jeanette Kwakye was a three-time British champion over 100m in 2007, 2008 and 2011. She competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, finishing sixth in the individual 100m with a time of 11.14 – a personal best – and was unlucky to miss...

Duration: 00:17:32


Ep 11. Sally Munday - CEO on Rio Gold and why hockey matters

2/24/2017
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In episode 11, I talk with Sally Munday about her role as Chief Exec of a National Governing Body. We find out what it was like behind the scenes at the Rio Olympics when GB Women won team gold. We also discuss her approach to leading the sport, how she builds an environment that enables success and her future aspirations for the sport of hockey in the UK. Sally has been working in hockey since 1998. After five years as Regional Development Manager in the South she moved into the...

Duration: 00:36:19


Ep 10. Andy Barrow - triple paralympian on leadership and inspiration

2/14/2017
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In episode 10, Andy Barrow talks about living in the bubble of elite sport, his time as GB Wheelchair Rugby captain and his current role inspiring other people. Andy Barrow is a triple Paralympian and three-time European gold medalist. He was a professional Wheelchair Rugby player for Great Britain for over a decade, captaining the team for five years spanning the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Andy competed at London 2012 Paralympic Games before retiring internationally to pursue a...

Duration: 00:19:47


Ep 9. Jo Bostock - leadership consultant on questioning performance

1/21/2017
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In episode 9, Jo Bostock discusses the need to question how others are judging performance and talks about how she gives leaders the space and the provocation to think through who they are and what matters to them most. Jo Bostock is the founder of Pause Consultancy, a leadership development business that advises global businesses, leading media organisations and influential third sector clients on inclusive leadership. She believes that it’s vital for senior leaders and top team teams to...

Duration: 00:18:19


Ep 8. Ian Byers - sports management agent on enabling talent

1/13/2017
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In episode eight, Ian Byers talks about the motivations, challenges and successes of setting up a sports management company with Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE. Ian is Managing Director of 17 Management, a sports management agency whose clients include Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and Paralympic bronze medalist and 9 times grand slam champion (wheelchair tennis) Jordanne Whiley MBE. Ian strongly believes in establishing a culture and creating the right...

Duration: 00:18:23


Ep 7. Claire Bennett - on life after sport

12/29/2016
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In episode 7, Claire Bennett talks about athlete transition. We explore life as an international athlete, the emotions associated with retirement and how she works with other elite athletes to shape their life after sport. Until August 2012, Claire was a member of the Great Britain women’s foil fencing team and part of the World Class Performance Programme. She has represented Great Britain in European and World Championships since the age of 14. As captain of England Claire won...

Duration: 00:16:49


Ep 6. Goldie Sayers - on drug cheats and getting bronze 8 yrs late

12/12/2016
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In episode six, Goldie Sayers talks candidly about missing an Olympic podium place by 38cm and then eight years later receiving news of a positive doping test by the Russian athlete who finished ahead of her. "The biggest thing dopers cheat you of, is knowing how good you actually were" Goldie Sayers was awarded a bronze medal from the Beijing Olympics, eight years after competing at the event. Sayers threw a British javelin record 65.75m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only to miss out on...

Duration: 00:21:26


Ep 5. Nathalie McGloin - "Coming to terms with my injury - rugby did that for me"

11/30/2016
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In episode 5, Nathalie McGloin talks about how wheelchair rugby helped her come to terms with her injury, the importance of changing her mindset and her new passion for motor racing. Nathalie is a racing driver with a twist. At 16 years old Nathalie was involved in a road traffic accident resulting in her breaking her neck at level C6/7. This has left her completely paralysed from the chest down. The accident never deterred her from driving and in 2015 Nathalie became the first ever...

Duration: 00:15:19


Ep 4. Coach Ben Richens - on building belief

11/12/2016
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In episode 4, coach Ben Richens talks about what it takes to build belief, his experience coaching at the Invictus Games, and the importance of an individualised training plan. Ben Richens is a strength & conditioning coach who has athletes at European, Commonwealth, World Championship and Paralympic games level. His athletes span a wide range of sports including: men’s rugby (international 7’s), GB Wheelchair Basketball, Paralympic Powerlifting, Sailing, Squash, MMA, Ironman and much...

Duration: 00:19:27


Ep 3. Hannah Cockroft MBE - on winning

10/31/2016
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In episode three, Hannah Cockroft MBE talks about what it feels like to win and what success means to her. Undefeated for 7 years, she talks candidly about losing to Kare Adenegan in 2015 and why she is so determined to stay at the top of her sport for as long as possible. Hannah Cockroft MBE has won every major title she has competed for since making her international debut in 2011, dominating the T34 wheelchair racing class. Most recently she has won 3 gold medals in the Rio...

Duration: 00:15:36

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