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She Speaks Sport

The podcast for women who want to geek out over women’s sport, and for those of us who want to know the stories behind the names we know and admire.

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Lauren Jacobs
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About

As a radio and print journalist, Lauren has focused on the upliftment of women and the empowerment of the girl child for more than a decade. With more than 9 global awards for her work, Lauren created this podcast to advance women’s sport globally and to connect athletes with the spectators who love the games, matches and races.

Since 2011, Lauren has been a full-time social justice journalist and has written dozens of articles on global issues effecting women. Her work covers female ritual servitude in West Africa, human trafficking, FGM, women abuse, gendercide, theology and gender, child brides, equality for women and  much more. The highlight of her work however, is interviewing women she considers an inspiration, like Sophia De Bruyn, Ela Ghandi, Thuli Madonsela, to name a few and she continues that work through this podcast. Lauren’s radio shows have won scholarship entries in to the prestigious Gracie Awards and she was named, “South Africa’s very own Wonder Woman,” by Bella Magazine in 2017.

Featured Podcasts

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. 

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Chrissy Stragisher – Living an Empowered Life

On the show this week I am empowering women through sport with my guest Chrissy Stragisher. Chrissy is an entrepreneur, coach, and life strategist. For over two decades, she has influenced the lives of female athletes, everyday women, and young boys and girls through her motivational speeches, videos and training programs.    

As a former strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, she knows first-hand what it takes to help people reach their highest potential and on the show we do just that. Chrissy unlocks the K.E.Y strategy she uses to help women live a life of resilience, power and fulfilment. We talk about getting knocked down and rising up, how life’s hardships can be reframed and Chrissy shares with us what she learnt through coaching Olympians and WNBA stars.

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Face Off with Ice Hockey Player Elaine Moller

This week it’s ice hockey week on She Speaks Sport ahead of the South African women’s tour to Turkey. My Guest Elaine Moller has been playing ice hockey for over 10 years and has proudly represented South Africa internationally for 5 years. She is part of the senior women’s team representing our country at the World Championships from April 1st to April 7th

On the show, Elaine shares how she got into ice hockey, and how there are unique challenges facing female ice hockey players, including investment and the reality of not being taken seriously as a competitive player. We also talk about the Turkey tournament starting this week, the preparation of the team, and which team she is looking forward to taking on at the world champs. She answers the most Googled question about women’s ice hockey which strangely is, “Do women fight in ice hockey?” We talk about the aggression as part of the game, her role models and her hopes for the future of the sport.

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Mauritian Cyclist Kim Le Court: A Journey of Triumph

This week, professional cyclist Kim Le Court (Pienaar) joins the show to share her cycling journey. Born in Mauritius, Kim has won the Cape Town cycle tour three times, the Cape Epic, gold medals at the African Games and at the African road Championships and today she races on the Ag Insurance – Soudal team.

Kim fills us in on cycling life on the island of Mauritius. From riding on the highway (don’t get excited, the highway is small), to drinking coconuts on the sand (does this really happen?) and practicing caution when it comes to people and animals, Mauritian cycling sounds hugely entertaining. We also talk about Kim’s early “pro” years in Europe and her return to South Africa in 2017 when she took a year off and almost didn’t return to the sport she once loved. As a soccer fan and a player, the black and white ball almost led her down another career path, but her return to cycling was inevitable. She takes us into her mental space and her current space as part of the elite women’s peloton. How has she gelled with her new team? And how has she found the classics and tours this season, including her 10th place finish in Paris – Roubaix? Also, relive the emotional moment with Kim, when our favourite manager Natascha Knaven gave her the news about joining the team, after Kim had lost hope in the teams’ interest in her signing.

 

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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.

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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
ANDRIE STEYN, WP CRICKET VICE - CAPTAIN

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
KGANYA MOGASHOA, VISUAL ARTIST

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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