Mianne Bagger was the first transgender woman to play competitive golf in Australia. She successfully lobbied major golf tours around the world to allow transgender women to play, paving the way for herself and other trans women to compete in the sport. Mianne joins host Sam Squiers to discuss: the inner turmoil that pushed her to transition, the impact transitioning had on her game, competing in the Women’s Australian Open and the Ladies European Tour and the acceptance of trans women in sport.
A meteoric rise to fame gave retired Hockeyroo, Anna Flanagan, even further to fall. Anna first represented Australia when she was 17 and she had 50 caps to her name by the time she competed in the London Olympics when she was only 20. But behind the scenes, Anna was battling with eating disorders and alcohol addiction. Anna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss: Growing up with undiagnosed ADHD, how she attracted big name sponsorships including Red Bull and Nike, her struggle with eating disorders why no one noticed she was losing weight, how her drinking spiralled into alcoholism, forcing her out of the sport.
Riding the professional cycling circuit through some of the most picturesque places in the world looks like a dream life. But the reality of pay inequality and being taken seriously as a female athlete is far less glamorous.
Tiffany joins host Sam Squiers to discuss: The talent ID program that got her into cycling in high school, Why she can still have a successful race even if she’s not on the podium, The growth of women’s cycling and the upcoming women’s Tour de France and Meeting her partner, Finnish F1 driver Valtteri Bottas, how she started designing helmets for him and why it’s not uncommon to see him on the side of the road handing out water bottles to her teammates