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Jess Halloran

10/16/2017
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Jessica Halloran may have bluffed her way into her first paid sports journalism gig, but she's been leading the way in the field since then. The Sunday Telegraph journalist isn't afraid to tackle the big issues in sport and she talked to Shannon and Fiona about her highlights in the business since her first profile on Lauren Jackson for the Sydney Olympics. She talks growing up in Victoria and the impact football had on her life from her dad playing through to how her own family now enjoy...

Duration: 00:38:48


Wally Lewis

9/28/2017
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Wally Lewis. The King. One of the greatest rugby league players to ever take the field is also one of the greatest humans to land on the planet. He squeezed some time into his busy schedule to talk to Shannon and Fiona about Immortals, Cameron Smith and who should be given the status as the ninth member of the illustrious club. There were goosebumps all round as he recounted the very first Origin, what is was like to play alongside some of the game's best and how Queensland's current...

Duration: 00:46:06


Jo Broadbendt

9/13/2017
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NSW Breakers and Sydney Thunder WBBL coach Joanne Broadbent had Shannon and Fiona in stitches when she took time out to talk to them about plenty of cricket but also life, growing up in Adelaide and to recount some hilarious stories from throughout her life. A seasoned cricket player at the highest level for Australia, Jo now passes on her knowledge and experience - she holds some interesting records - to our greatest top level and upcoming female cricketers in the country. It was a...

Duration: 01:19:23


Steve Hart

8/29/2017
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Channel 10, Fox Sports, Austereo, Steve Hart has been in the media game for more than 20 years and experienced some of Australia's most iconic sports moment. He talked to Shannon and Fiona about his time in the sports media, how he started out and ended up where he is today and some of the big moments -- players getting busted on benders during Origin -- and biggest stars he's worked with. It's not just in sport that he's rubbed shoulders with the best. As frontman of Steve Hart and the...

Duration: 01:01:33


George Gregan

8/18/2017
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Wallabies legend George Gregan sat down with Shannon and Fiona to talk all things rugby from his early days in the game, how he nearly was a cricketer, to his epic career that is still the longest in Australian rugby history. They discuss the state of rugby in Australia, talk his passion for coffee and how the GGs empire got started and other passions like American sports. He was a part of the last Aussie side to hoist the Bledisloe Cup, what a time to relive those days and the glory days...

Duration: 00:59:44


Mark Mathews

6/23/2017
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Big wave surfer and Red Bull athlete Mark Mathews talks Shannon and Fiona through his career, from getting into surfing as a kid, nearly blowing it all before it began with his time as a Bra Boy, to taking on some of the biggest waves in the world -- and suffering near career ending injuries in recent times while tempting death along the way. A master at managing fear, anxiety and stress, he talks about how he’s worked to find the right balance during his preparation to make sure he’s...

Duration: 01:14:04


Josephine Sukkar

6/6/2017
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Josephine Sukkar (principal and co-founder of Buildcorp) is the fairy godmother of rugby in Australia. A huge supporter of the women’s team, Sukkar took time out of her extremely busy day to talk to Shannon and Fiona about how she got started and succeeded in a very male-dominated industry and how she’s doing her part to help other women do the same, especially on the rugby field. An extremely active sponsor within the code, she watches plenty of rugby, every weekend and her passion for it...

Duration: 00:47:43


Jarryd Hughes

5/24/2017
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Jarryd Hughes is a massive sports nut, but also a gun at snowboard cross, so much so that he won gold at the Winter X Games in 2016. He sat down with Shannon and Fiona to discuss his career to date, including the drama surrounding the Australian team during his first appearance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, how he maintains a strict diet to stay at peak condition and the steps he goes through before and during a race to ensure he is fully prepared. They toss around some of their...

Duration: 00:45:58


Paige Hadley

5/10/2017
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Shannon and Fiona sat down with dynamic NSW Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley and were blown away by the young athlete’s incredible attitude to life and overcoming the obstacles it can place in your way. Still only young and in the earlier part of her career, Hadley has reached the incredible heights of netball, having recently won the world championship with the Australian Diamonds, but has felt the massive lows elite level sport can dish out too. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, it’s...

Duration: 00:50:38


Alex and Kate Blackwell

5/2/2017
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We doubled up this week with the wonderful Alex and Kate Blackwell. They humoured Shannon and Fiona by answering the twin questions but had some interesting stories still about some spooky twin connections. There’s plenty of talk about their incredible cricket careers. From learning the basics as young girls in Port Macquarie to making their ways through the ranks all the way to Australia with a bit of inspiration from a Belinda Clark poster. They discuss the difficult decision Kate had...

Duration: 01:19:48


Ash Hewson

4/20/2017
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Can you imagine not taking a proper holiday for 10 years? That’s the reality that has faced Wallaroos captain Ash Hewson as she has used her annual leave for competitions and tournaments over the years. Not that it bothers her! Representing her country in rugby union is the most important thing for her and now she gets to captain the side as they prepare for the World Cup in Ireland in August. Ash tells Shannon and Fiona whether it’s scarier running an Australia team onto the field or...

Duration: 00:41:41


Phil Kearns

4/12/2017
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Phil Kearns (Wallabies captain and now commentator with Fox Sports) sat down with Fiona and talked all things rugby, from how he started in the game and went from not making the first XV to captaining the Wallabies, to the state of the game today and what needs to be done to bring it back to its best. He offers a radical overhaul to the Super Rugby comp in which South Africa is dumped (probably not going to happen though) and talks through some of the greatest All Blacks from his time and...

Duration: 00:59:52


Paul Whatuira - Back from the Brink

4/7/2017
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The incredible former NRL player Paul Whatuira (Warriors, Panthers, Wests Tigers, Eels) sat down with Shannon and Fiona to talk through a career full of highs and lows. The two-time premiership winner explains how he made his way from a small town in New Zealand (that is absolutely bursting with sports talent it seems) to the Warriors, Melbourne, Brisbane and the bright lights of Sydney. A bit of luck and a helluva lot of hard work earned him two titles (Penrith 2003 and Tigers 2005) and...

Duration: 00:52:41


Emma Freedman - Pimm's on the Hill

3/28/2017
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The wonderful Emma Freedman sat down with Shannon and Fiona right before she hit breakfast radio midday burnout to talk sport and the sport of kings and why she didn't want to follow in her dad's footsteps in the horse training world... yet? They discuss their absolute must-go-to sports events and Emma tells why she had to her ditch BYO booze before going in through the Wimbledon players' entrance. She talks her time on Dancing With The Stars and her obsession with the show. And why she...

Duration: 00:53:40


Alyssa Healy - Keeper’s Hands, Bowler’s Feet

3/22/2017
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Alyssa (we’re sure we pronounced that correctly) Healy joined Shannon and Fiona to talk through her career; from playing with the boys, causing waves when she was selected for Barker first XI as a 16-year-old, to where she is now amid the women’s sport tidal wave and playing professionally for the Lendlease NSW Breakers (who continue to dominate the WNCL), Sydney Sixers and Southern Stars. Of cricket pedigree, Healy says she didn’t really notice her uncle was that famous - even...

Duration: 01:04:02


Katie Kelly - How to win Paralympic Gold in just 18 months

3/15/2017
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This week Shannon and Fiona - through the wonders of modern technology - had a chat with the phenomenal Katie Kelly OAM. Katie was born with moderate hearing loss and was later diagnosed with Usher Syndrome (Deaf Blind condition) in her mid 20s and declared legally blind at the start of 2015. Always an athlete and a regular competitor in marathons, she phoned Triathlon Australia in the cab after that appointment with her ophthalmologist and enquired about paratriathlon. With the PT5...

Duration: 00:52:03


Jim Maxwell - The Sound of Summer

3/9/2017
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Jim Maxwell joins Shannon and Fiona to tell tales of the old days when he was a starting out at the ABC, some pub stories but mainly how he made his way through the ranks to head up the cricket commentary and become an Australian sound of summer. He tells the girls about his other passions including the sport of kings, his work at Olympics and how the last ended with him suffering a stroke. Maxwell is on the road to recovery but explains the nerves he felt returning to commentary and the...

Duration: 00:55:14


Suzanne Young - From the Farm to Making it Big in the City

3/2/2017
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Suzanne Young joins Shannon and Fiona to talk life after the NRL and life in general. Thirteen months after resigning as chief operating officer or rugby league's governing body she fills them in on what she's been up to, including her role at IAG and the fulfilling work in diversity and inclusion. They talk the importance family, sea and tree changes plus achieving life goals in professional and personal aspects. And she explains how she gets away from her crazy schedule and her tips for...

Duration: 01:10:18


Dean Widders - From Armidale

2/22/2017
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Former rugby league player and now NRL employee Dean Widders spoke with Shannon and Fiona about the difficulty transitioning from being a professional sportsperson back to normal, everyday life post playing and how he set himself up and planned for it from very early on his sports career. Widders now works in player education and welfare with the NRL and is helping others to be best prepared for when they hang up the boots. He addressed racism and how he dealt with a being on the end of a...

Duration: 00:53:17


Shelley Watts - Fighting For Your Fairytale

2/14/2017
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Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Olympic boxer Shelley Watts sat down with Shannon and Fiona and told them how she first got into the sport seven years. After a dodgy tackle playing soccer ruined her knee, doing some training and sparring with a friend has led to 78 fights with 63 wins and a true love for the sport has grown. She discusses the current trend of footballers trying their hand at fighting, the difference between amateur and professional boxing and why she probably wouldn’t...

Duration: 01:12:05

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