Idols, heroes, icons. Today, we often forget that the modern-day sportsman is so much more than an athlete. Athletes have other lives - often many other career chapters away from the sporting field – just like the rest of us. To be an athlete is just one part of who they are. In Athletes: The Other Side, host and former head of Media Relations for the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ben Nichols explores the lives and achievements of athletes away from sport so that you can learn more about the stories of these multi-faceted figures. Whether it be how they make the daunting leap into the big, wide world when their competitive career is over or how they use their personal brand to give back to the sport that has offered them so much, Athletes: The Other Side addresses the paths sportsmen and women tread in those times when they are not competing in the sporting arena, so that you will leave inspired by what these extraordinary characters have achieved in their other lives.
Scars Along The Way - with Andrew Castle
What’s life without a dare-devil spirit? former UK number 1 tennis player and accomplished television presenter Andrew Castle talks to us about how big decisions have shaped his exciting life.
No Distinction - with Rebecca Smith
Former New Zealand captain and Vfl Wolfsburg treble winner, Rebecca Smith lead a successful and international footballing career. Since retiring, this woman “of many hats” has put her multiple degrees, 4 foreign languages, and incredible life experiences to good work, founding JAMAA Sports productions, becoming Global Executive Director of Women's Game at COPA90, and hosting her own BBC podcast, amongst an array of other exciting ventures.
The Fifth Beatle - with Todd Martin
As the former World Number 4, Todd Martin was a proud member of the golden club of American ATP stars in his nation’s tennis heyday, sparring with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and others. Here, the self-described “Fifth Beatle” describes the near misses that made him the man he is today and how he has, in his own words, led “a charmed life”.
The Education of Life - with Christian Taylor
Widely considered the GOAT (Greatest of all Time) in the triple jump, two-time Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion Christian Taylor talks about life away from sport, and the dangers of social media and new technologies that exist for Gen Z in 2020.
Free Speech Champion - with Ali Jawad
Rio 2016 Para-Powerlifting Silver Medalist and outspoken athlete rights advocate Ali Jawad talks about cherishing free speech and getting on in life in this seventh instalment of Athletes: The Other Side.
The Iron Man - with Dr. Matt Hanson
Former Ironman Champion and leading triathlete Dr. Matt Hanson sets out his stall for what is to come from this high-achiever, record-chasing triathlete.
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Ben Nichols / Andrew Castle
Really insightful interview and interesting to hear the transition from professional tennis player to sports commentator and then to journalistic broadcasting. Like the way Ben draws out a broad range of opinions and thoughts from his guests.
Top notch interviewer…with excellent guests
I really enjoy these insightful podcasts.
I think the host, Ben Nichols, has a great, calming and engaging voice and gets the best out of his guests. He’s relaxed demeanour allows the guests to loosen up and reveal more about their lives and the insights they have about sport and beyond.
There are loads of really useful nuggets of wisdom dotted around the interviews…and compared to a lot of other stuff out there, these podcasts are a real pleasure to listen to.
Insightful and engaging
Very interesting hearing the stories athletes have to tell about their lives away from sport and, of course, Ben is a fantastic host. Looking forward to what’s up next!