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She Speaks Sport

Welcome to She Speaks Sport, where the love for women’s sports meets the fascination for the stories behind the game-changers. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just starting to explore, join me for empowering conversations, insightful interviews, and a front-row seat to the compelling narratives behind the names we know and admire. Get ready to fuel your passion for sports and uncover the untold stories that deserve to be heard.

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Aimee Barrett – Theron – My Rugby Life - She speaks sport

Aimee Barrett – Theron – My Rugby Life

Aimee is a woman of firsts, representing boldly for female referees and cementing herself as a well – respected, household name. She is the first professional female rugby referee in South Africa and one of only four fully professional female rugby referees in the world. She comes from a playing background, representing South Africa as a player in three Touch Rugby World Cups as well as one 7’s World Cup and one 15’s World Cup. Aimee was the first South African women to referee Craven Week, Varsity Cup, Currie Cup, Super Rugby and URC. She has refereed 37 international test matches which equals the record for the most capped women’s referee of all time. She also refereed at the Rio Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Women’s Rugby World Cup. She has her Masters in Sport Science and is a qualified biokineticist running her own practice.

On the show, Aimee and I discuss her early beginnings, from dreaming big as a 12-year-old girl watching the Olympics, to earning a rugby scholarship to Stellenbosch University. Having to drop out and return later to university, Aimee reflects on the hardship of that time but how rugby was a flame of hope and joy in her life. I also ask Aimee about the manner in which she conducts herself on the field, with respect and confidence. We also talk about the viral videos around the Sharks captain, as well as the U20 Wales and England captains and the conduct on field. 

Faye Tunnicliffe’s Cricketing Journey

In this episode, I sit down with Western Province women’s top-order batter, doughnut lover, and sport nutritionist, Faye Tunnicliffe. Faye has big goals matched by unwavering determination. As a gym owner, fitness enthusiast, and 2024 CSA national academy intake, Faye is working to become a solid fixture in the Proteas starting eleven.

We dive deep into Faye’s story, exploring her cricketing adventure in the U.K. and her return to Cape Town. She candidly shares her time sleeping on her sister’s couch for a month before a call with the coach saw her join the Western Province women’s cricket team. This season, Faye has taken on the crucial role of opening batter in both the 50 overs and T20 matches, she reveals what it feels like to step into this position, once held by Andrie Steyn.

Faye discusses how she stays motivated daily. How she starts her day with the “hard things,” what strategies she has found to maintain good mental health, and we talk about doughnuts, her excitement about joining the CSA Academy over the winter, and her natural ability to be an encourager.  Tune in to hear Faye’s story of resilience, passion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence, high standards, the Africa Games silver and the starting eleven. 

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Sharne Meyers - Taking the Gold

Born in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, Sharne was active from a young age, from playing cricket with the boys to representing her country both in hockey and in cricket. Recently, she was part of the Lady Chevrons team that took on the South African women in a thrilling cricket final at the 13th African Games. Walking away with the gold was a sensational experience for Sharne and her team, and now they are once again competing on the global stage at the ICC qualifiers.

On the show, Sharne and I dig into the gripping win at the African Games and Sharne gives us a look into the meaning behind the win and her family’s poignant words expressed by the nation; “you were part of something bigger than yourself.” Feeling the weight of what was achieved, Sharne also speaks about her cricket injury for the first time, and how coming back to cricket was something that hung in the balance. Sharne speaks in to the much-needed space of what women’s cricket looks like on the African continent and her hopes and vision for accessibility and investment into women’s sport in Africa. Giving voice to female athletes and their understanding of fan and spectator engagement, as well as some insider views on the ICC qualifiers, this podcast is filled with moving, intellectual truths about cricket in Africa from a player’s perspective.

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On the Trail with Letshego Zulu

Join us on an awe-inspiring journey with Letshego Zulu, a name etched in history as the first black woman to conquer the Absa Cape Epic. But her story doesn’t stop there. Letshego is a force of nature, a beacon of strength, and a testament to the power of determination. She is also a mother, business woman in outdoor media and the proud owner of Echelon Bike Transport. Her book, “I Choose to Live: Life after losing Gugu,” stands as a testament to her courage and resilience in the face of adversity.

I sat down with Letshego to chat about her recent completion of the Waterberg Traverse in Limpopo. Her enthusiasm for the ethos of the race is infectious, but that’s not all. Letshego opens up about her exhilarating journey as a runner-up in Survivor SA, offering a raw and intimate glimpse into the mental fortitude required to navigate the challenges of the wilderness. Discover the catalyst behind Letshego’s four-time conquest of the Absa Cape Epic as she recounts the pivotal moment when her husband, Gugu, presented her with the opportunity. It was the prospect of breaking barriers as a black woman in the race that ignited her passion, propelling her to new heights of achievement.

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Dinesha Devnarain – The Africa Games

The 13th Africa Games kick off this week and for the first time since its inception, cricket is on the agenda. Head coach of the South African Women’s Team heading to the games, is Dinesha Devnarain. She is the women’s national academy head coach, the first woman to have a high-performance coaching job at Cricket South Africa and she led the Fairbreak Warriors to the tournament win as assistant coach in Hong Kong last year.

In a deeply personal way Dinesha and I talk about the future of women’s cricket in South Africa, as well as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the brand of cricket Dinesha believes South Africa plays. She also unpacks the team selection for the African Games, and how the team has a bigger purpose in mind, the dream of gold. We talk about the leagues, The Hundred, and the global hunger for women’s cricket. Dinesha also talks exclusively about the plans for the women’s SA20, and how she is a part of the conversations and camps identifying the players and stars for this. Importantly, as a custodian of the game, Dinesha speaks about her goal as the head coach of the African Games team and the eagerness of the players to represent the country and the badge. Insightful and revelatory, don’t miss this conversation ahead of the Games.

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My Personal Journey With Tazmin Brits

On She Speaks Sport this week, I am chatting with the phenomenal Proteas batter, Tazmin Brits.
Tazmin is a top-order batter whose exciting partnerships with Laura Wolvaardt at the top of the order, always excite spectators. She was once the junior world champion for javelin before suffering a horrific car crash that broke her pelvis in four places and left her hospitalized for 3 months. Today, she is a powerhouse on the cricket pitch and even won player of the match in the semi–final T20 World Cup against England.

On the pod, we go deeper into Tazmin’s personal journey with cricket, the downside of social media as a sportsperson, the values she holds most dear, and the importance of inspiring the younger generation of girls who dream of playing sport.

Podcast Topics

On the pod, Lauren hosts guests who provide insight into sport for women and girls, athletes who share their stories, and opinion without the complicated jargon.

What My Guests Say

Fatima Kathrada, Women’s Health Researcher & Advocate

The interview with Lauren has been nothing short of impactful. She manages to deliver informative and engaging conversations.  It is great to see that there is a growing emphasis on raising awareness about women’s health issues, which has been silenced for too long.

Fatima Kathrada, Women’s Health Researcher & Advocate

My interview with Lauren, was really fun, with some refreshingly different questions.
And lots of interaction from the listeners.

Andrie Steyn, WP Cricket Vice - Captain

The interview was an inspiring space for us as women from different walks of life, speaking with the same voice to share our stories, wisdom and understanding of how society functions in response to the roles and needs expressed by women.

Kganya Mogashoa, Visual Artist
Fabienne Lanz, Racing Driver

I had such a heartwarming time with Lauren on Air talking women empowerment, Inclusivity, and inspiring our youth of South Africa. Lauren unpacks the relevant topics so well, i had a super time diving into the chore of visions and instilling important values to our listeners I was as much inspired by Lauren as she was by me and I look forward to following her as together women can master incredible things further, for women, by women.

Fabienne Lanz, Racing Driver
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