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Church and the top-level sportsperson

Why should Christian athletes at the top level get stuck into church? That’s the question we’re tackling on the latest Christians in Sport Podcast. Having met a series of elite sportspeople over the course of the year, we now discuss another key issue that comes out of many of the interviews. The Bible tells us that followers of Jesus should prioritise meeting together (Hebrews 10 v 25), but that can be really hard for elite athletes who spend much of the season away from home and are often...

Duration: 00:26:32

Can you be an elite sportsperson and a Christian?

A special roundtable podcast with Graham Daniels interviewing Olympian Debbie Flood and footballer Linvoy Primus about what its like being a Christian and a top-level athlete and if the two can go together.

Duration: 00:32:27

Danno meets...Val Gin

We move into the world of coaching for our latest podcast as Danno crosses the Pond to meet Val Gin. A professor of kinesiology at Gordon College, Massachusetts, Val was a successful women’s volleyball and softball coach for 13 years before changing her focus to training coaches of the future. Val’s Christian faith is integral to this work as she seeks to combine physical training and training in godliness with those she mentors. She is also the co-author of the novel When Girls Became Lions...

Duration: 00:29:10

Danno meets...Ann O'Flynn

With the RBS 6 Nations in full flow, we return to the rugby field for this month’s Christians in Sport Podcast with former England international Ann O'Flynn. Listen to this absorbing podcast as Ann talks about: - Being an “anomaly” as a girl playing rugby (2 mins 30 sec) - Setting up a women’s rugby club at Liverpool University so she didn’t have to play for their rivals (7.00) - Plotting her path to play for England (8.30) - How her family fitted rugby around church (13.05) - Becoming “more...

Duration: 00:41:37

Danno meets...Chris Jones

We are marking the return of the Six Nations with a foray into the world of rugby union for the latest Christians in Sport podcast, but this month’s interviewee has a far from conventional tale to tell. Danno meets wildman turned inspirational youth coach Chris Jones. Although a Welsh junior international, Chris was soon far better known for his violent antics on off the field, which earned him the dubious honour of being banned for life twice. Chris, whose story has been well-chronicled in...

Duration: 00:33:51

Danno meets...Darren Moore

We kick off the new year on the Christians in Sport podcast with a trip to the Hawthorns – home of West Bromwich Albion. Here Danno meets former West Brom, Derby and Portsmouth defender Darren Moore, who is now coaching Albion’s under 18 and under 21 sides. Listen to this absorbing podcast as Darren talks about: - The last-minute call up that saw him make his first-team debut at 17 (4mins 20secs) - The gut-wrenching experience of not getting to play in the Premier League after winning...

Duration: 00:34:44

Danno meets...Niel Louw

Paralympian Niel Louw has an amazing story. Listen to the podcast as Niel talks about - The freak accident that should have killed him (2mins 20secs) - The great opportunity God gave him as a disabled athlete (5.10) - Winning his first Paralympic medal in the 200m final at Barcelona 1992 (9.40) - Finally beating his rival, the world-record holding Nigerian sprinter Adeoye Ajibola (11.55) - Having his hopes of victory at Sydney 2000 ended by a hamstring tear (14.00) - Sharing his faith in...

Duration: 00:31:43

Danno meets...Jane Powell

Jane Powell is now involved with her fourth different international sport in an illustrious career as a player and now a coach. Listen to as Jane talks about: - Choosing which sports to play (1min 43secs) - Her ambitions growing up (4.35) - Leading England out for the World Cup final in Melbourne (8.05) - How she became a Christian (12.48) - Coaching hockey in Iran (24.10) and at London 2012 (18.36) - Representing Jesus throughout her sporting career (27.03) - And much more…

Duration: 00:34:26

Danno meets...Adriano Medeiros

Buckle up as we begin series two of the Christians in Sport Podcast with a visit to the high-speed world of motorsport. Seeking career advice from an ex-Formula 1 driver proved a life-changing experience for Adriano Medeiros. Hoping for some help to fulfil his dream of making it in the world of motor racing, the Brazilian instead began a journey of faith that is still shaping his exploits on the track today. Adriano thought Alex Dias Ribeiro might point him in the right direction to drive...

Duration: 00:29:21

Olympic Special

As the Rio Olympics get under way, ex-athletes Debbie Flood and Adam Pengilly tell us what it is like to compete at the games. Debbie won silver medals as a rower at Athens and Beijing and also reached the final in London. Adam raced skeleton bobsleigh at Turin and Vancouver, winning a world silver medal in between. Here the pair offer an insider’s view on the games and share how their Christian faith shaped their view of the Olympics.

Duration: 00:33:27

Out next Friday - Olympic Special with Adam Pengilly and Debbie Flood

Out next Friday - a special Olympic podcast as Graham Daniels interviews Olympians Adam Pengilly and Debbie Flood about what it's like being a Christian at the Olympics.

Duration: 00:02:27

Interview with Premier Radio about the Sports Mission Pack

Find out about the Sports Mission Pack ( produced by Christians in the Sport this summer as Anna Cookson on Premier Radio interviews Jonny Reid of Christians in Sport.

Duration: 00:05:01

What does the Bible say about losing?

An audio extract of an article written about doping and what the Christian faith has to say about it. To read the full article go to

Duration: 00:04:58

Danno meets...Parys Edwards

PARYS Edwards has competed at the top level in two different sports over a 20-year career that is still going strong. Starting off as junior hockey international in her native Zimbabwe, she then represented South Africa at under 21 and student level. A move to England saw her win three national titles with Leicester before a new challenge dawned. Parys took up triathlon aged 30 after being prompted by a housemate in London and was soon winning global amateur titles. Then aged 37 in 2014,...

Duration: 00:31:44

Coming Soon - The Christians in Sport Podcast with Parys Edwards

Out this Friday - Danno has a chat with top triathlete Parys Edwards. Listen to this teaser now. Produced with Effie Productions

Duration: 00:01:37

What does the Bible say about doping?

An audio extract of an article written about doping and what the Christian faith has to say about it. To read the full article go to

Duration: 00:04:16

Danno meets...Andy Sinton

Andy Sinton is a former professional footballer with 12 England caps to his name, including appearance a Euro 1992. He made over 650 professional appearances with the bulk of his time spent playing in the Premier League for QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur. He later went onto manage Fleet Town and AFC Telford United in the Conference. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he tells us about how we got selected for Euro 1992 and what it’s like being a Christian in the dressing...

Duration: 00:33:58

Danno meets...Alison Nicholas

Alison Nicholas is a British golfer who reached the pinnacle of the sport in a highly successful career as both a player and then later on as the captain of a victorious Solheim Cup winning team in 2011. In a fascinating interview with Graham Daniels, she talks about what it looks like to be a successful leader and coach in elite sport and how her faith has helped her throughout her golfing career. In this episode we look at: Dealing with nerves at the US Open in 1997 What it takes to be a...

Duration: 00:30:59

Danno meets...Linvoy Primus

Linvoy Primus played professional football for 16 years including nine years for Portsmouth where he became a cult hero. In a wide ranging conversation with Graham Daniels, he talks about the uncertainty he felt as he started out his career before dwelling on the fear that plagues you as a professional footballer as well as the isolation and loneliness they can feel. Finally he talks about how his Christian faith impacted how he looked at his career and how it affected the way he played....

Duration: 00:33:00

Danno meets...Garin Jenkins

Garin Jenkins is a former Welsh rugby union player capped 58 times by his country. He played in three World Cups and multiple Five and Six Nations tournaments. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he tells us about his battle with misdirected passion and aggression on the rugby field and how is growing faith remained steady in some massive ups and downs. Produced with Effie Productions.

Duration: 00:23:45

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