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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 rom 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 game.

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Laryne Jefferies – SA Weightlifting Champ

Laryne Jefferies began her competitive lifting career in 2020 and now holds the South African records for Female 71kg class for snatch 88kg, clean and jerk 112kg and total 200kg. She is the African Senior Championship 2022 Bronze winner, and the African Cup 2022 Silver medallist. She is ranked 5th in the 71kg female category in African continent and is currently the South African strongest female weightlifter overall. 

On the show, we break down all you need to know about the different categories of lifting, as well as Laryne’s journey in lifting. As someone who did not grow up doing sport, Laryne’s entry into lifting is inspiring and empowering for all who hear her story. Currently, she is raising the much-needed funding to compete in Thailand and ultimately to qualify for the Olympics in Paris later this year. Outside of lifting, Laryne is a fashion designer creating bespoke wedding gowns, and couture dresses, showing us that women can be both strong, and beautiful. Tune in to hear how each of us can make a difference in Laryne’s Thailand dream.

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Katherine Williams – Rowing for South Africa

Katherine Williams is a member of the RMB National Rowing team. Having claimed a bronze medal in the U23 World Championships in the single scull, she is currently part of the women’s heavyweight double with fellow rower, Paige Badenhorst. 

Kat joins me to talk about how she fell in love with rowing, the excitement and twist in the bronze medal achievement, and how the new pairing with Paige was meant to be. We also talk about representing women in the national team, money in the sport, and the structure of training alongside male rowers and how this can be a positive reality.

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