Muruwari woman Ash Gardner is the second Indigenous woman to play cricket for Australia and her debut came sixty years after the first Indigenous woman, Faith Thomas, played in the 1950’s. Ash joins Sam Squiers to discuss the barriers facing young Indigenous people getting into cricket, winning the 2020 World Cup and the opportunities she’s creating for school kids through the Ashleigh Gardner Foundation.
A casual interest in horse riding saw Jade Findlay spend her gap year working for one of the world’s best eventing coaches and accidentally falling into her sport. Jade joins Sam Squiers to discuss how eventing works, competing alongside the royal family and what could be done to better support women returning to the sport after having kids.
Growing up with a rare nerve condition meant Ella Sabljak could write her own rules for what she could achieve. Ella joins Sam Squiers to discuss falling in love with wheelchair basketball as a kid (but not getting to play until later in life), missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics and how she’s helping to make school sports more inclusive.
As the first Indigenous woman to play beach volleyball at the Olympics, Taliqua Clancy is using her platform to create change. Taliqua joins Sam Squiers to discuss growing up 200km from the beach in regional Queensland, learning to love beach volleyball and how it felt to see her face on the Tokyo Olympic coin.
Playing for the Matildas has been Alanna Kennedy’s dream since she was ten years old. Alanna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the changes she’s noticed in the women’s game since she joined the Matildas as a teenager, missing the game-deciding penalty at the Rio Olympics and playing for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the UK Super League.
As the daughter of two World Champions canoe slalom athletes, Jess Fox has been in the water since she was six months old. Jess joins Sam Squiers to discuss making her Olympic debut at 18, leading the way for women in her sport and how it felt to break her parents’ records to become the greatest individual paddler of all time.
Before Casey Dellacqua became a household name in Australian tennis, she spent years sharing hotel beds with her teammates and using her prize money to buy her own equipment. Casey joins Sam Squiers to discuss the media’s cruel focus on her weight, financial barriers to a career in professional tennis, the concussion that forced the end of her singles career and the public comments made by tennis great Margaret Court about her family.
An off-road vehicle accident threatened not only Caroline Buchanan’s career in BMX and mountain bike riding, but her life. Caroline joins Sam Squiers to discuss competing at the BMX World Championships at nine years old, how she used breathing to stay calm during a gruelling four hour trip to hospital with life-threatening injuries and her two year recovery to get back into sport.
Weeks before Georgia Baker was set to pursue her dream competing overseas, she lost her dad to a sudden heart attack. Georgia joins Sam Squiers to discuss how she grieved the loss of her dad, the accident that threatened her team’s chances at the Rio Olympics and why her best riding has come after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition.
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