Sally Munday: Being an authentic leader at the very top of sport
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by Sue Anstiss
1M ago
Sally Munday is CEO of UK Sport and a former CEO of England and GB Hockey.  To mark our 100th episode we returned to talk to this extraordinary woman, considered by many to be one of the most individuals in British Sport. This episode was also recorded live in front of an audience at Leaders Week London.   To find out more about Sally’s early life and the transformative work she did in over 20 years at England Hockey, do can go back and listen to episode 3 in the very first series. Sally is incredibly candid in this fascinating episode as she first shares her experience of leading ..read more
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Rachel Pavlou: Ensuring women's football is truly a sport 'For All'
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by Sue Anstiss
1M ago
Rachel Pavlou was described as the most selfless person in women’s football by former England coach (and a previous guest on this podcast) Hope Powell. Rachel has over 30 years of sports development experience, specialising in the development of women's football at The FA for almost 25 years.  Rachel is currently the FA Women’s Development Manager specialising in Diversity & Inclusion. Her main areas of responsibility are to develop football opportunities for females in under-represented communities.  She is also a designated Expert in Women's Football Development at FIFA, and ..read more
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Garnet Mackinder, Anne Wafula Strike & Shruti Saujani consider racial inclusion in women’s sport
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by Sue Anstiss
2M ago
Garnet Mackinder, Anne Wafula Strike & Shruti Saujani join Sue Anstiss to explore equality in sport. As we fight for gender equality in sport are we doing enough to ensure our approach is intersectional? What needs to change to ensure all women feel welcome in sport from grassroots participation to elite pathways & the boardroom.  It’s a topic that can be uncomfortable as people worry they might say the wrong thing or use the wrong language. It’s not just a matter of asking ethnically diverse women to be the experts on all things inclusion - we all need to do our own research he ..read more
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Emma Mitchell: Preparing athletes for a life beyond sport
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by Sue Anstiss
2M ago
Emma Mitchell was Red Rose number #19, with an international rugby career that spanned 15 years. She won 57 caps for England and Great Britain, competed in 4 World Cups with the 1994 World Cup win being her career highlight. Following her retirement in 2002, Emma went on to coach at club, regional and international level in the USA, Canada and the UK. In 2007 Emma joined the English Institute of Sport as a Performance Lifestyle Coach, supporting over 200 elite GB Hockey athletes and coaches over four Olympic cycles. Over the last 10 years, she’s also been involved in a number of coach develo ..read more
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Donna Fraser: Changing the narrative about breast cancer
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by Sue Anstiss
2M ago
Donna Fraser is a 4-time Olympian who now specialises in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in sport.  Donna won medals at 400m at World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games and reluctantly retired from Athletics in 2009 after a breast cancer diagnosis. She went on to become UK Athletics’ first Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead, working to champion ethnically diverse communities and inclusivity at all levels of the sport.  Following a role as D&I Lead for Birmingham 2022, Donna was appointed as the first director of equality, diversity and inclusion for th ..read more
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Rimla Akhtar, Wendy Taylor, Tess Howard & Holly Bradshaw explore the impact of women's sport clothing
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by Sue Anstiss
2M ago
Rimla Akhtar, Wendy Taylor, Tess Howard and Holly Bradshaw join Sue Anstiss to consider the impact of sports kit for women and girls.  There's been much talk about women's sports kit recently, from issues around Wimbledon whites, girls forced to wear skorts for PE and women not allowed to wear the hijab to play sport to extremes of female athletes objectified and sexualised with revealing clothing, high cut leotards & bikini bottoms. This panel of game changers addresses some of the challenges and provides practical recommendations that will enable more choice for more women. Our fo ..read more
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Sarah Hunter: What's the future for professional women's rugby
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by Sue Anstiss / Sarah Hunter
3M ago
Sarah Hunter is a rugby legend. The world's most capped female rugby player and most capped England player (male or female).  Sarah captains England into a World Cup Final this weekend. A World Cup winner in 2014, Sarah has played in four World Cup Finals, and captained England to Six Nations Grand Slam wins and a record breaking run of over 30 consecutive wins. Sarah took over the England captaincy in 2015 and in 2016 was name England’s Player of the Year by the Rugby Players’ Association and World Rugby’s Player of the Year and awarded an MBE for her Services to Rugby. Along with discu ..read more
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Series 12 of the Game Changers
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by Sue Anstiss
3M ago
Fantastic news for all fans of women’s sport and equality - The Game Changers podcast returns on November 1st with an incredible line up of guests and the one hundredth episode featuring the most influential women in sport, Sally Munday. The new series also includes two panel discussions considering women’s sport clothing and racial equality in women’s sport. Once again, this season of the award-winning podcast is backed by Sport England through a National Lottery award. The Game Changers podcast features candid interviews with trailblazing women in sport who are knocking down barriers and cha ..read more
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Ali Donnelly: The real story of women's rugby
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by Sue Anstiss
3M ago
Ali Donnelly is Executive Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications at Sport England.   She is a former Senior Civil Servant, who worked at Downing Street where she was the Prime Minister's Deputy Official Spokesperson and the Head of News. Ali was previously Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby club Wasps and has also worked in media and public affairs roles at the BBC have started her career as a journalist at the Evening Echo newspaper in Ireland.  A passionate women's rugby fan and campaigner Ali also runs the award-winning website Scrumqueens and is Director of Wo ..read more
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Jodie Cunningham: Women leading the way in rugby league
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by Sue Anstiss
3M ago
 Jodie Cunningham is one of Rugby League’s most recognisable stars playing for St Helens and England.  She was named  Woman of Steel for her incredible form during Saint's treble winning season in 2021, and, having represented England in two world cups, she's now working towards her third as England compete in the Rugby League world cup on home soil this autumn. A huge advocate for women's sport and equality in the UK, Jodie now works full-time at the RFL as a National Women's and Girls’ Development Manager and is also an ambassador for the Rugby League World Cup. We explore why ..read more
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