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If you are a lover of sport and women's sport in particular then you have come to the right place. Presented by Clare McDonnell in the UK and Kirsten Webster in Australia, Fired Up is a truly global production. We will be your one stop shop for the biggest news in women's sport: the star names, the one’s to watch, the sponsorship deals, the equal pay battles, the fight for media coverage. Each week, come with us on a journey around the world as we find out who’s leading the way in pioneering ...
 
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This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast we hear from former Man City player Fran Brown on her groundbreaking football program Goals4Girls and how it's helped scores of young women, from mainly BAME backgrounds, gain confidence and find their voice both on and off the pitch. From a mixed race family herself Fran tells us how her own background helps…
 
Dame Heather Rabbatts was not only the first woman but the first Black woman to sit of the Board of Director's at the Football Association in England and she has blazed a trail ever since. She recently founded the Women's Sports Group, Group, a media rights management company who are negotiating the new Women’s Super League broadcast deal, so who b…
 
Just a few weeks ago AFC Fylde's Women's team was disbanded, the decision blamed on the financial uncertainty the club had been thrown into because of coronavirus. But the team found their voice, they spoke to the media, including the Fired Up Sport podcast, and that made one hell of a difference. Coach Kim Turner returns to the podcast to update u…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast we ask why the monetary value of women's football isn't being embraced more widely with the marketing Director of Lewes Football club Charlie Dobres. Charlie believes there needs to be more ambition when we talk about how women's teams look on the other side of the current pandemic and we should start talking…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast Women's sport has seen its first casualty due to the financial fall out from the coronavirus pandemic. AFC Fylde, who play in the third tier of women's football in the UK, have been disbanded. The chairman said it was due to the "ongoing fluid situation regarding the virus". The team were not only shell shock…
 
As the lockdown weeks tick by sports stars the world over are stepping forward and using their clout to try and encourage us all to stay active and maintain public health. We are honoured on the Fired Up Sport podcast this week to have the company of a sporting great who's doing just that. Olympic Gold Medal winning Australian Beach Volleyball star…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast how can we protect investment in women's sport on the other side of the current lockdown ? And why isn't women's sport, in the absence of any competitive sport right now, male or female, being given increased coverage in the print and broadcast media ? We hear from Isabelle Westbury, former cricketer turned s…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast we catch up with Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong, the daughter of an immigrant and a refugee to the UK, her background was not one that meant she was destined to a career in the top flight of tennis. But thanks to her determination, and the sacrifice of her parents, that's exactly where she ended up. She now …
 
The lockdown that’s resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives, and that includes exercise regimes. This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast we hear from women who’ve come up with inventive ways of exercising from home, either with neighbours or family members. We have advice for fitness procrastinators and perfectionists,…
 
It’s Reload time on the Fired Up Sport podcast. We’re giving you the chance to hear one of our most listened to podcasts from last year; the Great Period Cover-up. Why is there still such stigma around female athletes and periods? The monthly cycle has such a fundamental impact on athletic performance, so why is there so little research into its ef…
 
They were the team that made headlines across the world last year at the FIFA Women's World Cup. Jamaica's Reggae Girlz were the first ever team from the Carribean to qualify for the competition, and wherever they went, they brought the party with them. But it was thanks to the perseverance of one woman that they got there in the first place. Cedel…
 
Over 86,000 people watching women play a cricket match. A pipe dream and now a reality after the Australian and Indian Women's teams pulled in a record crowd at the MCG in Melbourne. It's Australia's home of cricket and a place where women were only allowed to become members in the last twenty years. We talk to the victorious Australian Vice Captai…
 
We talk to Fallon Sherrock in the week she became the first woman to defeat a man in the PDC World Darts Championship. She tells us about the momentous match and about her love of ‘power scoring’ against the men. Plus, we chat to Catriona Matthew, Europe’s Solheim Cup-winning captain, who is now relishing the challenge of trying the retain the cup …
 
We talk to Scottish para-swimming star Toni Shaw, who has her sights set on a place at Tokyo 2020 and inspiring a new generation of aquatic athletes. Shaw already holds UK and European records, so she is not your average fifteen-year-old! Elite swim training while at school is pretty exhausting, but her regime out of the water has been helped massi…
 
All around the world, professional and amateur sportspeople are this week wearing rainbow-coloured laces to show support for the LGBT community. Gay rights pressure group Stonewall is behind the campaign and are leading the way in trying to make sport an inclusive and safe place for all. Clare McDonnell speaks to Stonewall ambassador Amazin LeThi, …
 
As the saying goes, governing bodies are traditionally "male, pale and stale" but Sport England has a plan to change all that. Its Executive Director of Sport, Phil Smith, tells Clare McDonnell all about it. And Kirsten Webster stumbles across a BMX champion of the future; three-year-old Olive! Plus, the mum who took her kids to BMX meets and becam…
 
Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster take you to the beaches of Australia and the world of the Surf Life Savers. As recently as the ‘80s these were all-male clubs, but we hear from the woman who changed all that. And we also find out if Kirsten passed her final test to be a Surf Life Saver with the Tallebudgera Beach club in Queensland. The Fired Up…
 
Prepare to bin your preconceptions about what it means to be a female weightlifter! Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster are joined by two of the increasing number of women who can often be found in that intimidating corner of the gym – the free weight area. We hear from the amazing PT, CrossFit advocate and weightlifter Laura Hoggins, who jacked in…
 
Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster discuss news of equal pay for players in Australia’s men's and women's national football teams. But is it really equal? Sports journalist Kate O'Halloran crunches the numbers. Plus, England and Harlequins player Rachael Burford is back from the Rugby World Cup to tell us why making the tournament title gender neu…
 
When Tracy Edwards dared to become the first woman to Captain an all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1989, nobody expected her or her team to make it out alive. The ground-breaking and death-defying journey is captured in the new documentary Maiden, which is being tipped for an Oscar nomination. This week’s Fired Up Sport…
 
Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster look at how unequal research means most coaching programs are created with the male body in mind – and this needs to change. We hear from former British tennis player Jo Ward, who's rolling out a new training program to teach girls the sport based on scientific research. We’re also joined by the woman who heads u…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport Podcast in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster salute the incredible achievements of Kenyan athletes Brigid Kosgei and Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud made headlines around the world with his never-been-done-before sub two-hour marathon run, then Brigid smashed the sixteen year…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast, in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, Clare Mcdonnell and Kirsten Webster ask why is there still such a stigma around female athletes and periods? The monthly cycle has a fundamental impact on performance, so why is there so little research into its effects? Clare and Kirsten hear from Commonw…
 
It’s another special Fired Up Sport podcast this week and it involves the MIGHTY Liverpool Football Club. Clare McDonnell hosted a fantastic night at the London headquarters of Liverpool F.C. to mark the launch of their partnership with global charity Right to Play, an organisation that uses the power of play to transform the lives of children and …
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport Podcast, in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the World Athletics Championships in the Qatari capital Doha but one of the major stars will be absent. Caster Semenya, the 800 metre World and Olympic Champion will not race, after new rules on testosterone levels…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport Podcast in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, Clare McDonnell is fresh from the Solheim Cup in Scotland, buzzing about one of the most epic, thrilling battles in women's golf to date. She's been speaking to major corporate sponsors who now have women's sport very firmly at the top of their wish list. M…
 
This week's episode is a special edition from the Solheim Cup in Scotland. Every two years, Europe’s top female players take on the United States, turning the usually singular sport of golf into a thrilling, cut-and-thrust team event, similar to the Ryder Cup. Clare McDonnell went to the Gleneagles course to hear from star European golfers Anna Nor…
 
Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster discuss a landmark week for Women's Football, as Manchester United Women take on Manchester City in their first big-time derby. They also hear about a massive boost in girl's football following the Women's World Cup, while Kirsten visits a groundbreaking grassroots tennis program in Queensland that aims to get mo…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast, Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster get to grips with the meteoric rise of Women's Aussie Rules football, or Women's AFL. Participation has doubled since 2017, the year the first women's national league started. Kirsten has been speaking to the woman many credit with getting the national league off the groun…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport Podcast; It's Different for Girls. Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster get into why it's different for women in the press room of a major sports tournament when the rest of the room is mostly white, and mostly male. Can that sometimes be an advantage? Plus why do you keep your world ranking in tennis if you’re injure…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast, in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, a true female sporting pioneer for whom if "No" is the answer, she simply asks another question until she gets a "Yes". She's Victoria Gosling, not only a decorated servicewoman who reached the rank of Group Captain with three young children, but also the …
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast, in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, we ask if the Women's World Cup has brought only good news for the women who played in it? The victorious US Women's team came home to a ticker tape parade, but for certain Argentinian players, who previously spoke out about a lack of investment in the tea…
 
This week we have a Fired Up Sport Special podcast for you. Clare McDonnell has been along to the Women's British Open Golf Championship at Woburn in the UK and caught up with some of the biggest names in women's golf right now. British player Bronte Law asks why, with three British players in the top 30 in the world right now, does women's golf ge…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster immerse themselves in the world of Women's cricket and speak to the woman who's the voice of Cricket Australia, Karina Keisler. She talks about how Australia has led the way on equal pay in the women's and men's games, and about her plans for a match later this year which c…
 
On this weeks Fired Up Sport podcast Clare Mcdonnell and Kirsten Webster hear from the woman who is pushing for a Tour de France for female cyclists, the former Sports Minister in Australia who couldn't understand why the prize money for male cyclists was so much bigger than that for female cyclists, and the woman who has taken total non-cyclists f…
 
This week on the Fired Up Sport podcast, ahead of the start of the Netball World Cup, Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster catch up with former England Captain and Commonwealth gold winner Ama Agbeze and ask how do you cope when you don't make the squad? They go courtside at one of the fastest growing netball clubs in the UK and hear from two former…
 
In week one of The Wimbledon Championships we have a special Fired Up podcast for you. An in-depth chat with Judy Murray, Mum to tennis superstars Andy and Jamie, and a fierce advocate for greater equality and access for all in tennis, regardless of background. We talked Andy teaming up with Serena Williams and the powerful message mixed doubles se…
 
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