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46 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Episode 64. Jaylyn Agnew- Rookie Season: Regaining Confidence Post Injury
Jaylyn Agnew, VIS League member and professional basketball player shares her journey to the draft, along with her experience in the WNBA and playing overseas in Russia. Being drafted, going abroad, and facing a season-ending injury all during a global pandemic, Jaylyn speaks with us about all of the unexpected variables that occurred during her rookie season, and her journey of regaining strength and confidence in the midst of such an uncertain period. “If I have a tough day, I give myself time to sulk and be a little upset, but then I'm going to attack the next day harder. I'm going be better in rehab. I'm going to be better on the court. I just try to get out of my own head and make that next day even better”- Jaylyn Agnew.
54 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Episode 63. Emma Weyant- Staying Composed Under Pressure
Olympic silver medalist, Emma Weyant is a member of Team USA Swim, and a collegiate swimmer at the University of Virginia. She is a three-time US National champion and has won gold for Team USA in the 400 IM at the Junior Pan Pacific Nationals in 2018 and 2019. This past summer, she won silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In this episode, Emma reminds us that confidence comes from preparation, and that success comes from stepping out of your comfort zone. Emma shares the sacrifices she’s had to make to become successful and how she balanced the student-athlete life during the Covid pandemic. She also emphasises the importance of finding a support system. “I think finding your people and finding your place is one of the things you can look forward to when you're in a place where you don't know if you can keep going.”- Emma Weyant
58 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Episode 62. Gwen Jorgensen - Setting Big, Ambitious Goals
Gwen Jorgensen, professional marathoner and Gold Medalist in the triathlon at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as 17-time ITU World Triathlon Series Winner, shares her journey in sports. She takes us through being a two-sport athlete in running and swimming at the University of Wisconsin, and how this shaped her into the athlete she is today. Gwen shares the importance of taking care of your body, physically and mentally in order to have longevity in the sport. She takes us through how she handles pain during races and how she builds her mental strength in training. Gwen emphasizes the importance of focusing on what you can control and having self-confidence. She is such an inspiration for all female athletes with her incredible experience across three sports. “I like to set really ambitious goals, and I'm not afraid to say them out loud”. - Gwen Jorgensen
71 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Episode 61 - Breezy Johnson - What makes a Champion ?
Breezy is fast and fierce on the hill, landing her on the world cup podium seven times. She carries this tenacity into other aspects of her life, to deal with controlling emotionally abusive coaches, recover from injury and be a leader in the U.S. skiing community. Breezy reminds us that you don't always win when you work hard, but trying your best is important and worthy of being proud of. “You have the world at your fingertips. And so, go out there, love what you do and work hard at it and watch the magic happen, because, win or lose, that is how you become a champion.” - Breezy Johnson
50 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Episode 60- Gia Trevisan - Setting your Mind to Success
Gia Trevisan, a professional 400 meter runner for Team Italy, explains the importance of having a growth mindset in training and in competition. She shares how learning to see obstacles as opportunities for growth has helped her succeed at the University of Arizona and in her Professional career. Gia shares great tips on how to develop a growth mindset and manage race anxiety in the podcast and takes us through how she fell in love with track as a senior in high school, and worked her way to winning Italian nationals in 2019. She explains how the pandemic and the lack of races reinforced her growth mindset and how it helped her develop as an athlete. Gia reminds us that the destination really is the journey and that competing is a process of feeling content with where you're at, but knowing you want to be somewhere else. “I made hard work a habit”- Gia Trevisan
75 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Episode 59 - Kristen Holmes - Rate Your Recovery
With the ability to speak from the perspective of a woman, athlete and college coach, Kristen can closely relate to the everyday struggle that student athletes face. In this podcast, we directly discuss what common issues occur both physically and mentally and unpack the root causes. Kristen explains the importance of finding your “why” and how that can affect your motivation. Discussing the data that has been found during her time with WHOOP, Kristen explains how this data is taken and can be applied to shifting our everyday habits in order to improve our performance.
66 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Episode 58 - Gabby Reece - Tackling Transitions with Confidence
As a former professional volleyball player, entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author, co-founder of XPT Extreme Performance Training, Creator of HIGHX, Executive Member of Laird Superfood, Podcast Host of “The Gabby Reece Show”, wife, and mother, Gabby Reece seems to do it all. In this episode, a good listen for parents and athletes alike, we unpack the transitions that Gabby has tackled and she advises us on how to adapt through change with both grit and grace. Gabby encourages us to reflect on and act according to our values by asking ourselves “who am I really?”
44 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Episode 57. Lydia Jacoby - Journey to Gold.
Lydia Jacoby, a Gold and Silver Medalist in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay at the 2020 Olympics, shares her journey to Tokyo. She takes us through how she overcame the difficult age of 12-14 when all of her friends began dropping out of sport, all the way to becoming an Olympian at 17 years old. Lydia shares the difficulties of training during the pandemic, and highlights the importance of having people who support you, be it the community from her hometown in Alaska, or coaches and family. Lydia also emphasizes the importance of personalizing our training and listening to our bodies; knowing when they need time off and when to push in training. She reminds us to “Find your type of confidence, find your type of training, remember to take breaks and recognize that that's all okay.”- Lydia Jacoby.
65 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Episode 56. Ifeoma Onumonu - The Power of Role Models
Ifeoma Onumonu, a professional soccer player for FC Gotham and a member of the Nigerian National Team, as well as a member of the Black Women’s Players Collective and a VIS League Mentor shares her journey in sport and advocacy. She takes us through her experience with injury in college and her struggles with confidence while moving through different teams in the NWSL. As a BWPC board member, Ify uses her voice and her platform to increase exposure to soccer in Black communities. She explains, “I think it can be very bleak when you're in a space where no one else looks like you. But, fortunately, now with the BWPC, we are providing role models that you can look to and be like, this is somewhere I belong.”
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 55. Lydia Williams - Pushing Through Boundaries to Find Your Identity
On today’s episode, Voice in Sport Founder and CEO, Stef Strack speaks with professional soccer player, Lydia Williams. Lydia is a goalkeeper for both Arsenal, in the FA Women's Super League, and the Australia Women's National Soccer Team. In this episode, she discusses how her upbringing in Australia played a role in her adolescent years and professional life. She shares her personal experiences and gives us advice on family dynamics, cultural disparities, empowerment, and overcoming obstacles. Lastly, she covers how her children’s books, “Goal” and “Saved”, encapsulate her identity growth and life experiences.
43 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Episode 54 - Jordan Chiles Olympic Silver Medalist - " Be You. You're Beautiful"
Jordan Chiles, a 9-time Team USA Gymnastics member and a Tokyo Olympic Silver medalist, shares the importance of having a strong support system and how it has helped her overcome difficult situations in life. She takes us through her journey, starting gymnastics at age six, and making her first National Team at age 12, all the way to becoming an Olympic medalist. Jordan shares the many ups and downs of that journey, describing the destructive coaching relationship, and she nearly lost her love for the sport. Jordan reminds us that having someone to talk to and let our emotions out is incredibly important for our mental health. She emphasizes that we need to use our voice, and advocate for ourselves, and just to “Be you. You’re beautiful. You have every right to show what you want to show and express what you want to express.” - Jordan Chiles.
53 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Episode 52. Hillary Knight - A World Champion’s Fight for Women’s Sports
Hilary Knight, a Professional Hockey player for Team USA, and the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association shares her experience of the inequalities between women’s and men’s sports. She takes us through her journey at the University of Wisconsin and as the youngest member of Team USA, describing the different levels of support that her women’s hockey team was given at each stage. Hilary reminds us we need to change the future of women’s sports not only for ourselves, but for a whole generation of athletes following in our footsteps. Even though the fight for equality may be tough, Hilary emphasizes the importance of advocating for change with empathy because “because we know we deserve better. We've earned better. We need that, our next generation needs that.”- Hilary Knight.
38 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Episode 51. Cayla George - Determine Your Own Self Worth.
Cayla George, a current WNBL basketball player in Australia, speaks out about her long journey in the professional world. From starting to play in the WNBL when she was 16 while attending the Australian Institute of Sport to her training now, 15 years later after competing overseas in the WNBA and going to the 2016 and 2021 Olympics with the Australian national team. Cayla talks about the places in which she found motivation- thinking about her goals, her family, a support system, and using tools she picked up from various specialists. With all this experience, Cayla decided to start a mentorship program in November 2019 and talks about her experience with her program so far. She talks about her struggles with confidence and how everyone goes through times when we may doubt ourselves but in the end we are not alone in our struggles. Along with individual struggles, Cayla highlights the struggles women and girls in sport face everyday and how she’s had to work hard to combat these. Aside from basketball, Cayla has other passions she talks about and reminds us there is a life to look forward to after sports. Cayla is optimistic, bubbly, and shares some important steps she’s gone through in her journey! “You've just got to embrace who you are and what you want to do in life, because you're always gonna have people on the outside, trying to dim your light.” - Cayla George
56 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 50. Perri Shakes-Drayton- Overcome. Injury & Body Image with Track Legend Perri Shakes-Drayton
Double European Indoor champion, World Indoor champion and 4 time British national champion Perri Shakes Drayton talks about the ups and downs of her long career in the athletics world. From signing her first contract at the young age of 16 to competing in multiple World and European championships, she was on top until she suffered a terrible knee injury in 2013 at the World Championship finals. However, after 4 years of rehabilitation, journaling, and hard work, Perri was able to make it back to the World Championships in 2017 and earn a silver medal. Perri talks about the struggles she had with body image, starting at a young age and continuing through her career and injury. After an amazing career, Perri decided to stop running and start a family, becoming a mom to her new son. Perri’s grit, determination, and persistence is inspirational and her unique story shows us how strong we can be. “There's no one else that is like you, there's no other version of you. Be the best--the best version of yourself.” - Perri Shakes Drayton
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Episode 49. Madison Hammond- Changing the System & Creating Inclusive Spaces "
Madison Hammond, a professional soccer player for the OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League describes her decision to go pro and her journey to becoming the first indigenous and African American player in the league. Madison strives to represent her people, family, and culture and is devoted to paving a path for women athletes who might follow in her footsteps. She shares some steps that should be taken towards dismantling systemic racism and racial structures. Her passion for increasing soccer accessibility and decreasing the pay-to-play barrier is truly inspiring. She discusses the courage it takes to enter a space where you may not see others like yourself: “If you're not seeing yourself in a certain space, be the person. Be the person that enters the space and don't be afraid of it. Instead, just embrace it because somebody might be coming after you.”
47 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 48. Georgie Bruinvels- Your Period is a SUPERPOWER.
Georgie Bruinvels, PhD, research scientist at Orreco, specializes in research on the menstrual cycle and women athletes, led the development of FitRWoman, an app tailored to tracking your period as a woman in sport. Georgie is also a phenomenal athlete, having represented Scotland and Great Britain internationally in lacrosse and running, respectively. Throughout this podcast, Georgie brings us through her research, and educates us on why our period truly is our super power. We dive into how your cycle affects your performance, and what to pay attention to within our bodies, such as menstrual dysfunction, etc. Today, Georgie is helping us change the conversation around periods from a topic that is stigmatized to our body’s unique and extremely valuable tool for performance. “If you want to be the best version of yourself, you need to look after yourself at all times in your cycle.” - Georgie Bruinvels
39 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 47. Jasmyne Spencer- Professional Soccer Player or Entrepreneur...Why not both?
Jasmyne Spencer, a Professional Soccer player for the Houston Dash and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as member of the Black Women’s Players Collective shares her journey in sports and beyond. She takes us through becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own sustainable fashion brand, called Jas It Up. Jasmyne shares the challenges she faced in her soccer career, and explains how she turned those into lessons to build an inspiring business with a mission to help the environment and the next generation of black female soccer players. In this episode, Jasmyne reminds us that everyone fails sometimes, and that failure is not something to be ashamed of. Instead we should “follow our hearts, work hard, try new things. Be okay with failing”- Jasmyne Spencer
51 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
EPISODE 46. Kylie Ohlmiller
Kylie Ohlmiller, a Professional Lacrosse player for the AU, 4x All American, Team USA Lacrosse player and Brine sponsored Athlete, shares her journey to becoming pro and how starting her own program, called KO17 Lacrosse and launching the next evolution of Brine has brought joy and meaning beyond the field. Kylie shares the challenges she faced in her lacrosse career, and the lessons she learned during her time in college and on Team USA Lacrosse. In this episode, Kylie reminds us that the journey to become a professional athlete is not easy, and that we will face many obstacles along the way. Although as athletes we love to set goals and focus on the future we should also enjoy the moments that are happening now. Celebrate the wins, find meaning in the struggles and always remember to stay true to who we are both on and off the field. “Enjoy what's going on around you, enjoy the moments that are happening now, your future is going to come. Don't worry about it so much, but enjoy the moments that you have now” - Kylie Ohlmiller
39 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 45. Angie Asche - Fuel Your Body. How to Cook & Eat for Peak Performance.
Angie Asche (MS, RD, CSSD) is a VIS Expert™, registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition and author of a new book called FUEL YOUR BODY - How to Cook and Eat for Peak Performance. In this episode Angie speaks out about the importance of fuelling for women athletes. Angie explains the four food groups that every athlete should be familiar with, and gives us great examples of a pre and post workout meal. She also talks to us about the importance of eating enough, both on hard training days and rest days. We dive deep into why we should not categorize foods into “good” and “bad”, and why even elite athletes eat cookies and dessert. Angie reminds us all, that food is so much more than just fuel and that there is no one perfect way to eat. Finally, Angie shares a few warning signs that we can look out for when we think we might be under-fueling as women athletes. “Your weight has absolutely nothing to do with how amazing of a person you are.” - Angie Asche
44 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 44. Brisa Hennessy - Finding Balance as a Pro Surfer: Mind, Body & Nutrition
Brisa Hennessy, Professional Surfer of the World Surf League and VIS League™ Member, shares her experience growing up surfing. Growing up around the ocean influenced her holistic approach to sport and life as she continually seeks to balance Mind, Body and Nutrition. She attributes her successes and her ability to overcome challenges, such as her experience as a rookie on the WSL Championship Tour circuit in 2019 to her family and the many countries she has surfed during her journey. A true citizen of the world, Brisa shares about her life in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Fiji, as well as traveling the globe while living out of her suitcase on the WSL circuit for over a year. Brisa shares with us her passions for a plant-based lifestyle, cooking, and the ongoing importance of protecting the environment. Over the last year she has found joy developing her passions, leading to a more balanced lifestyle whilst continuing to be a fierce competitor. "I think finding that balance is actually one of the most beautiful things, because you are this unique, incredible human being, and you are this unique, incredible athlete.” - Brisa Hennessy
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