37 episodes

A show all about LGBTQ+ sports focusing on athletes’ stories and how they have become successful sports people thanks to the support from their LGBT sports club.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

A show all about LGBTQ+ sports focusing on athletes’ stories and how they have become successful sports people thanks to the support from their LGBT sports club.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Part 1

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Part 1

    Merry Christmas!
    We are back for a quick message of festive cheer as the boys reunite for a Christmas and New year Special. In part 1, Christian, Justin and Matt catch up on what has happened since the last episode and decide whether they have been naughty or nice this year! Plus some fun and laughs as we play 'Something you'd say at the family Christmas dinner table, but also something you would say in the bedroom!' Plus some snippets of Christmas past as I look back at how we managed to survive Christmas 2020 with laughs and cheers.
    Tune in next week for Part 2 where the boys celebrate the dawn of 2022 and what hopes and celebrations it may bring!

    • 29 min
    S2:E8 Conversion

    S2:E8 Conversion

    Welcome back to another episode of Ruck My Life Podcast! This week we speak to Augustine Ihm originally from Chicago but currently living here in Manchester UK and playing for the Manchester Village Spartans. This week we discuss the issue surrounding conversation therapy and the dangerous effects it can leave behind. Augustine’s journey and battle with self identify is truly heroic and he is now fighting the fight to bring down such ‘cure’ therapies and break down stereotypes in gay culture, to make our community more inclusive and allow people of all backgrounds to feel that they belong.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Touch My Brum!

    Touch My Brum!

    Yes we are back after a short break while I was busy teaching and of course playing rugby now that the restrictions have eased here in the UK. Today’s episode is a special inside experience of what Touch My Brum is all about. Of course for those of you in the UK who play Touch Rugby, it is the event of the year and I couldn’t resist coming along and meeting up with old and new faces let’s see if you recognise them from other episodes! It is great to be back in the podcasting seat and of course over the summer I will be bringing you more stories from LGBTQ+ rugby athletes from around the world so make sure you follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more information. I’m Christian John and this is RuckMyLifePodcast.

    • 23 min
    S2 E6: Turns out it’s just an onion!

    S2 E6: Turns out it’s just an onion!

    Happy Pancake day! The boys are back and already have something to say about the current Rugby Union 6 Nations! But of course they quickly turn their attention to who are the hottest players on the screen. However this week the boys discuss Mental Health and how now more than ever, it is vital for men especially to be open to talk about it. The boys discuss what they are struggling with during lockdown and suggest ways to combat our moments of depression and low self esteem. And finally it wouldn’t be a February episode without mentioning toppings - Pancake toppings that is! Remember to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @Ruckmylifepodcast

    • 48 min
    Season 2 Episode 6: That Gay Rugger!

    Season 2 Episode 6: That Gay Rugger!

    Wow, wow, wow, what a show I have for you! I am honoured to be joined by the incredible and truly inspirational athlete that is Mr Devin Ibañez. His story is such a roller coaster of emotions as he battles through his amazing career as a professional US rugby player whilst having to hide his true identity and sexuality. Join Devin and I as we discuss what it was like for him growing up and having to choose between being open and being successful until a life threatening injury gave Devin the opportunity to come out publicly and become the America’s first Out-Gay Pro Rugby Player.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S2 E5 Happy New Tier!

    S2 E5 Happy New Tier!

    Welcome back to another episode of Ruck My Life Halftime where the boys are back to bring in the New Year in style... well socially distance style anyway! What a year it has been and we are certainly glad to see the back of it but it hasn’t all been doom and gloom so join us as we celebrate the good, the bad, and the down right hilarious moments of Ruck My Life Halftime 2020.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Tbfly ,

Fantastic podcast give it a listen

This podcast is fantastic and it’s great to hear stories from all walks of LBGTQ+ backgrounds in Rugby. It really makes you appreciate your own story and that you weren’t alone.

Best of luck for the future

Mvphew ,

Funny, informative and relevant.

Interviews are one of the most entertaining ways of storytelling. When done well, the listener can learn, understand and empathise with the interviewee; regardless of whether they identify as the same gender, race, age or sexuality. Ruck My Life connects those magical moments of authenticity and honesty with comedy.

Christian John uses his skills as a teacher and storyteller to delve into the fast-growing niche of inclusive sport, particularly IGR (International Gay Rugby). He documents his experience as an out, gay, rugby union player and speaks to others (a different guest every week) whom he has connections with across the IGR network. Sensitively and skilfully these stories are portrayed as a colourful tapestry of inclusivity and sportsmanship.

Each guest is asked to share their story; of coming out, their perception of sport from an early age and how they became a member of an IGR team. You can’t help but feel the pride of these players as stories of first training sessions or favourite match moments are recalled with glee. Ruck My Life is a love-letter to the positivity that sport can bring to our lives.

Whilst still in its infancy, as Christian admits, this podcast has reached all corners of the globe with now over 1000 listeners. Each episode I welcome with delight and I wonder who’s captivating story will come next. A must-listen for those involved in inclusive sports.

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