Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson tells Sam Squiers what it was like to come back and play at a World Cup at 41 years of age, six years after retiring! Jackson has insisted publicly that the tournament was a one-off return to international competition, but she hints at the possibility of another – for Paris 2024. She also goes into details about her relationship with Liz Cambage, her life-changing professional stint playing in Russia and why she needed a girdle and g-string to play in the Opals’ iconic bodysuits. Lauren opens up on her awkwardness as a teenager, how she struggled to make representative teams and how she coped with home sickness when she was drafted number one overall in the WNBA Draft.
Former ironwoman and world record breaker Bonnie Hancock tells Sam Squiers about sharks circling her and giant crocodiles stalking her ski paddle, on an incredible voyage circumnavigating Australia. Before she risked life and limb on that insane quest, Bonnie details her life growing up on the north coast of NSW, meteoric success in ironwoman competition as well as battling body image issues that took years to shake. And if you’ve ever wondered why someone would turn their life upside down and paddle themselves around the biggest island on the planet you’ve come to the right place!
Commonwealth gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore tells Sam Squiers what it was like growing up with ultimate freedom to do as she pleased, and how that helped shape the athlete she became. The champion cyclist discusses getting scouted in her early teens and moving to Europe when she was just 16, and opens up about the death of her great friend Amy Gillett. She talks about breaking the ‘Bridesmaid’ hoodoo and finally getting her hands on gold, as well as the pioneering work she’s done for women’s cycling. Finally, she goes into incredible detail about planning to climb Mount Everest, and the dangers she’s already faced.
In this episode Sam Squiers hand selects five of the best stories of resilience in the face of extreme adversity. And every story is different.Jana Pittman talks about her battles with the media, Hayley Raso opens up about her horrific injury and Casey Dellacqua discusses the media body shaming that nearly derailed her career. Georgia Baker talks about dealing with grief and Bronte Campbell chronicles her fight against chronic pain.
Kelsey-Lee Barber tells Sam Squiers what it was like winning two gold medals in two parts of the world in the space of three weeks – with Covid in between! The newly crowned World and Commonwealth Games Champion discusses her early life, coming to Australia right before the Sydney Olympics (2:03) and the moment she realised her own ambitions to be a professional athlete (9:23). She also discusses embarrassment at her first Commonwealth Games (12:24), how her coach became her husband (27:55) and how she overcome the yips (31:55).
NRLW star Karina Brown speaks to Sam Squiers about her life in rugby league.
As a young girl she had to convince teachers to let her play with the boys (4:50), as a young woman she had to find a league that would let her tackle other women and now she’s trying to make the world a more inclusive place. Karina is also a proud gay Queensland woman who opens up about THAT kiss in 2018, when she embraced her then-NSW-girlfriend on the field after a State of Origin clash (28:19). If that wasn’t enough, she also address the Manly boycott saga and doesn’t pull any punches! (38:25). Part B will be available on Saturday, August 6. Karina tells how she came to record the hit song (1:01), ‘She’s got confidence’, with Jess Harlen and what it’s like playing a game and performing on stage at the same time! Karina also explains the impact of having so many female hero athletes bursting on to the scene as well as the NRLW’s lofty aims for expansion (10:55).
Sandy Brondello is an icon of Australian basketball. First as a player and then a successful coach, she was a key contributor to the Opals’ golden era and now leads the national side as well as the New York Liberty in the WNBA. In this episode, Sandy speaks with host Sam Squiers about: Successes and failures in a glittering career playing in the green and gold. the controversy surrounding former Opals star Liz Cambage, juggling motherhood with elite sport, Lauren Jackson’s remarkable return to competitive basketball & Brittney Griner’s imprisonment in Russia
A routine training ride the week before her first professional Ironman changed Lauren Parker’s life forever.
When Lauren’s tyres burst, she flew off her bike and into a guard rail at 45km/h. She was told she wouldn’t walk again and had to learn to transition to life and sport in a wheelchair. In this episode, Lauren speaks with host Sam Squiers about growing up as a competitive swimmer and triathlete, the accident that saw her become a paraplegic, competing at the Commonwealth Games 9 months later, the chronic nerve pain which has followed her every day since her accident, winning silver at the Tokyo Paralympics by less than a second and returning to Ironman racing and Kona
Passionate is an understatement for how Melbourne Vixens co-captain and Diamonds player, Kate Moloney, feels about her beloved sport of netball. But passion isn’t always enough, and being left off the start list for Commonwealth Games team and World Cups team was still a bitter pill for Kate to swallow. In this episode, Kate speaks with with host Sam Squiers about: What she learned working with young people in a juvenile detention centre. Being selected for the Melbourne Vixens and why she’s stuck with the team for so long. Captaining the Vixens from premiers to bottom of the ladder. Getting the call to play in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Her thoughts on the infamous Suncorp Super Netball super shot
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