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The Christians in Sport Podcast
42 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
7: Suzanne Ferreira: Coach to paralympians
Today's guest is Dr Suzanne Ferreira from Stellenbosch, South Africa. She's won 70 plus medals, through the athletes she coaches, at the Paralympic Games, the World Championships, the All-Africa Games, the Commonwealth Games. She's been at the Paralympics as a coach in Beijing 2008, London 2021, Rio 2016 and the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. She's been the the Western Cape coach of the year nearly every year since 2012 and finalist in the Coach of the Year for South Africa in 2008, 2016 and 2018. Currently she's out in Tokyo coaching at the Paralympics. In this episode, Graham Daniels speaks to her about her coaching philosophy and how her faith impacts how she trains elite athletes. You can listen to our podcast here, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever else you get your podcasts from. Find out more about the work of Christians in Sport at christiansinsport.org.uk
28 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
6: Danno meets...Paralympian Anna Tipton
Danno sits down with Paralympic goal-ball player Anna Tipton (nee Sharkey). She played in eight European Championships, two World Championships and also competed in the Paralympics at London 2012. In this interview she speaks about how she got into goal-ball, the nature of elite sport and its challenges and how her faith shapes how she views her sport and her disability.
29 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
5: How can I deal with disappointment in my sport?
We all get disappointed in our sport don't we? Whether it's from injury, loss of form or not being renewed for another year, sport is full of lows, probably more often than the highs. So we've got four-time Olympian Debbie Flood, and two-time Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly into to chat about their experiences of facing huge disappointments in their sports, and how they've come to process them and now help others do the same. As it's the Christians in Sport podcast, our overarching question is how can we navigate disappointment as a Christian in the world of sport? What comfort does God offer to those struggling? Listen in to this really useful interview for all sportspeople.
19 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
4: Skateboard GB and the Olympic Games
The CEO of Skateboard GB, James Hope-Gill joins us today, on the day Sky Brown won bronze at Tokyo 2020 to become the youngest ever British medallist. In a fascinating short conversation, he explains the distinct culture that skateboarding has, how he's helped form a governing body from scratch and how his faith impacts his work.
47 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
3: Notes from an Olympic chaplain
The Rev’d Canon Dr. Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. He teaches regularly in seminaries and churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. Meanwhile, Ashley serves as a chaplain to elite athletes and coaches, helping them to integrate the Reformation’s emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their vocation as professional sportspeople. Ashley is a five-time Olympic chaplain, most recently at Rio 2016. As we record our conversation, Ashley is Omaha for the US Swimming Olympic Trials prior to the Tokyo Olympics. Our conversation today concerns his approach to the pastoral care of elite athletes...and it is gold!
33 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
2: What it's like to be an Olympian (re-release from 2016)
In this re-release from 2016 in Rio, ex-athletes Debbie Flood and Adam Pengilly tell us what it is like to compete at the games. Debbie won silver medals as a rower at Athens and Beijing and also reached the final in London. Adam raced skeleton bobsleigh at Turin and Vancouver, winning a world silver medal in between. Here the pair offer an insider’s view on the games and share how their Christian faith shaped their view of the Olympics. Listen as Debbie and Adam talk about… How they felt when they first got selected for the Olympics How faith in Jesus gave them perspective during the highs and the lows What it’s like to be in the Olympic Village The emotions they experienced just before their races The joys of hurtling down a mountain at 90mph
41 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
1: The man who helped postpone the Olympics
A brand new series for Tokyo 2020 as we speak to Olympians, chaplains and coaches about what it means to be a Christian in the pinnacle of all sport. In this episode we speak with Christian Taylor, the two-time reigning Olympic and four-time reigning world triple-jump champion. We speak about: - The impact of the pandemic on athletes - The forming of the Athletics Association to speak for track and field athletes - How his faith has led to and impacted the work of the newly formed association Listen in and look out for further Tokyo 2020 episodes in weeks to come.
29 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
9: Football, leadership and race in 2021 - Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson joins our podcast from St George's Park a few days after the Euro 2020 final. Jonno is currently an England U21s coach, having held a number of other roles in football after a stellar playing career primarily with Notts County, Birmingham City and Derby County. In this powerful interview we speak with him about: - Systemic racism in sport and society - The encouraging changes in the last 10 years at the FA with diversity - The leadership of Gareth Southgate around diversity - How he integrates his sport and faith in his various roles It's a super interview with some real insight. Enjoy.
32 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
8: Euro 2020 special with Andy Sinton
Before Euro 1992, Andy Sinton went from being dropped the week before the squad announcement, to becoming a father for the first time, to seeing John Barnes get injured and Sinton’s eventual call-up back to the team for the tournament in Sweden. This was to be the pinnacle of a stellar carrier spent in the Premier League with QPR and Tottenham and later in management. Andy Sinton, in conversation with Graham Daniels, tells us about the mental toughness needed to be a top level sportsperson and how he came to faith in Jesus later in his career. In a compelling 30 minute interview, Sinton shares about how at the height of his career he was playing for Tottenham, had England caps and was earning decent money, but still struggling to find happiness. It was in these moments that through his wife and neighbours, he came to faith. He then goes onto narrate the different pressures of being a Christian in a professional sports environment.
41 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
7: Gavin Peacock: From Pitch to Pulpit
We sat down with Gavin Peacock, former professional footballer and pundit and now a pastor to discuss his story as he's just released his autobiography. Reflecting on an 18-year career as a pro playing for QPR, Gillingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Chelsea he talks about: - Coming to faith as a young pro - Why he took a risk and dropped down the leagues - Playing for some of the greatest managers around - Navigating retirement with a new career with Sky and the BBC - Life now as a pastor in Canada You can buy Gavin's book from all good bookshops including from his publisher Christian Focus here.
36 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
6: The Cricketing Vicar
This week we partner with podcast Hit For Six as we listen into their interview with Rev. Andrew Wingfield Digby - our first director, a very good cricketer and a one-time England Cricket Chaplain. Listen in as he speaks about: His love for cricket from a young age How he came to faith Starting Christians in Sport Controversy as captain of Dorset And Becoming the “spiritual advisor” of the England cricket team Enjoy!
38 minutes | May 28, 2021
5: Ultra runner Donnie Campbell
Donnie Campbell joins us this week. He is a mountain and ultra runner who speaks about: ✅ How he keeps going when he wants to quit ✅ Coping with loneliness on week long runs ✅ Why he enjoys the pain of racing ✅ The Munro Challenge which lasted 31 days ...and more about what it means for him to be a Christian in his world of sport.
40 minutes | May 21, 2021
4: Rules, respect and referees
How on earth does a Christian navigate the hot topic of referees and officials? What does this look like at the top end of sport when everything is on the line? Danno and Pete Browne join us with their stories and experiences from the world of professional football and rugby to chat: - Professional fouls and playing within the rules - What it looks like to respect the officials - What it looks like to be counter cultural as a Christian in this area In 40 minutes full of stories and discussion, you'll hear some fascinating conversation about something every sportsperson needs to think about at some stage in their careers.
25 minutes | May 14, 2021
3: The Mask
This week in the UK is Mental Health Awareness Week. Last Autumn we recorded an episode looking at Mental Health in sport as part of our video series, More Than Sport. Broadcaster John-Paul Davies spoke with Michael Bennett, Director of Player Welfare at the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). John-Paul is then joined by Graham Daniels, a former player and current Director of League 2 Cambridge United and General Director of Christians in Sport. He has been involved in professional sport for forty years and speaks widely on sport, wellbeing and faith. #MentalHealth
27 minutes | May 7, 2021
2: Under pressure
How do we cope with pressure in sport? In this episode we are joined by Alison Nicholas and Debbie Bruwer. Ali was a British golfer who reached the pinnacle of the sport in a highly successful career as both a player and then later on as the captain of a victorious Solheim Cup winning team in 2011. Debbie Bruwer (nee Flood) is a rower who was won medals at two Olympic games and won three World Championship gold medals. In this episode they speak about how they coped with pressure during their careers. From leading the US Open to competing at a home Olympics, both have amazing stories and insight. As Christians they speak about what difference knowing Jesus made to them as they struggled with the inevitable nerves and pressure at the top end of sport. ABOUT CHRISTIANS IN SPORT Christians in Sport is a movement of competitors, coaches and officials. We exist to reach the world of sport for Christ.
34 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
1: Enjoying the gift of sport
Amateur sport in the UK is back after 12 months of stop-start seasons. In this podcast series opener we chat with Ian Lancaster about what we've missed and why and catch up with a couple of sports players about what it's like being back now.
21 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
12: Going to uni
Joe and Rhi join us to tell us all about their experiences of starting university as a Christian who loves sport.
33 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
11: The Good Sporting Life | Book review with Stephen Liggins
We're joined by Stephen Liggins, author of 'The Good Sporting Life.' Sport has the power to captivate the heart, inspire the imagination and even to shape nations. It is loved by billions of people around the planet—and Christians are no exception. But how should we think about sport Christianly? How can sport be a plus and not a minus for our spiritual lives and the kingdom of God? In this book, author, pastor, sportsperson Stephen Liggins unpacks what it means to live the good sporting life. Listen in on our interview and head to 10ofthose.com to buy his book.
57 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
10: Elite sport in lockdown and mental health
Danno sits down with Pete Nicholas from Inspire Saint James in London to talk about identity formation in top level sport. This podcast includes a Q+A with Danno after the interview.
24 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
9: A conversation about racism in professional football
Danno sits down with Bruce Dyer and Bobby Hassell as we speak about racism in professional football the proactive steps Barnsley Football Club have taken to address the issue. Bruce Dyer was the first £1 million teenager when we moved from Watford to Crystal Palace and played 469 games from 1993-2008. Bobby Hassell is the Academy Manager at Barnsley having played for 17 years at Mansfield, Barnsley and Bharat FC in India.
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