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.
A fear of rejection motivated Layne Beachley to become a world champion and determination, hard work and having the “compassion of a tiger shark” saw this dream become a reality. Layne joins Sam Squiers for a raw and honest chat about what it took her to win 7 world titles, the mistakes she made on tour and how she’s seen women’s surfing change since she was the only girl in the water at Manly Beach.
Before Hannah Southwell played in the inaugural NRLW season, she’d already made a name for herself playing soccer and Rugby 7s. Hannah joins Sam Squiers to discuss the pressure of being the youngest goalkeeper in the W-League, rebuilding her confidence after losing her spot on the 7s team and why you’ll never see her playing without headgear.
A wildcard entry into the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving series saw Rhiannan Iffland take out the competition and progress from a rookie to a dominant competitor in the field. Rhiannan joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how she went from performing on cruise ships to becoming a four-time world champion, rebuilding her confidence after injury and how she manages fear when she’s standing at the top of a 20-metre cliff.
Breaking her back in an on-field collision has left Hayley Raso physically and mentally stronger than ever. Hayley joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being the only girl on her soccer team growing up, missing out on the 2016 Olympic team and how it felt to make the most awesome of comebacks to the Matildas after her broken back to now be on the road to the Tokyo Games.
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