The podcast of Christians in Sport - the movement of competitors, coaches and officials which exists to reach the world of sport for Christ.
Notes from an Olympic chaplain
The Rev’d Canon Dr. Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. He teaches regularly in seminaries and churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia.
Meanwhile, Ashley serves as a chaplain to elite athletes and coaches, helping them to integrate the Reformation’s emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their vocation as professional sportspeople.
Ashley is a five-time Olympic chaplain, most recently at Rio 2016. As we record our conversation, Ashley is Omaha for the US Swimming Olympic Trials prior to the Tokyo Olympics.
Our conversation today concerns his approach to the pastoral care of elite athletes...and it is gold!
What it's like to be an Olympian (re-release from 2016)
In this re-release from 2016 in Rio, ex-athletes Debbie Flood and Adam Pengilly tell us what it is like to compete at the games. Debbie won silver medals as a rower at Athens and Beijing and also reached the final in London. Adam raced skeleton bobsleigh at Turin and Vancouver, winning a world silver medal in between. Here the pair offer an insider’s view on the games and share how their Christian faith shaped their view of the Olympics.
Listen as Debbie and Adam talk about…
How they felt when they first got selected for the Olympics
How faith in Jesus gave them perspective during the highs and the lows
What it’s like to be in the Olympic Village
The emotions they experienced just before their races
The joys of hurtling down a mountain at 90mph
The man who helped postpone the Olympics
In this episode we speak with Christian Taylor, the two-time reigning Olympic and four-time reigning world triple-jump champion about the Athletics Association - a newly formed body to support athletes.
Football, leadership and race in 2021 - Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson joins our podcast from St George's Park a few days after the Euro 2020 final.
Jonno is currently an England U21s coach, having held a number of other roles in football after a stellar playing career primarily with Notts County, Birmingham City and Derby County.
In this powerful interview we speak with him about:
- Systemic racism in sport and society
- The encouraging changes in the last 10 years at the FA with diversity
- The leadership of Gareth Southgate around diversity
- How he integrates his sport and faith in his various roles
It's a super interview with some real insight. Enjoy.
Euro 2020 special with Andy Sinton
Before Euro 1992, Andy Sinton went from being dropped the week before the squad announcement, to becoming a father for the first time, to seeing John Barnes get injured and Sinton’s eventual call-up back to the team for the tournament in Sweden. This was to be the pinnacle of a stellar carrier spent in the Premier League with QPR and Tottenham and later in management.
Andy Sinton, in conversation with Graham Daniels, tells us about the mental toughness needed to be a top level sportsperson and how he came to faith in Jesus later in his career.
In a compelling 30 minute interview, Sinton shares about how at the height of his career he was playing for Tottenham, had England caps and was earning decent money, but still struggling to find happiness. It was in these moments that through his wife and neighbours, he came to faith. He then goes onto narrate the different pressures of being a Christian in a professional sports environment.
Gavin Peacock: From Pitch to Pulpit
We sat down with Gavin Peacock, former professional footballer and pundit and now a pastor to discuss his story as he's just released his autobiography.
Reflecting on an 18-year career as a pro playing for QPR, Gillingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Chelsea he talks about:
- Coming to faith as a young pro
- Why he took a risk and dropped down the leagues
- Playing for some of the greatest managers around
- Navigating retirement with a new career with Sky and the BBC
- Life now as a pastor in Canada
You can buy Gavin's book from all good bookshops including from his publisher Christian Focus here.
Would recommend this podcast for everyone who has a huge love of sports whether Christian or not- extremely insightful. Great work guys!
A great listen; and so, so useful
Really appreciate time, work, and wisdom that goes into the CiS podcast. Great detail, easy to digest and remember. Great opportunity to share with both Christians and those not-yet.
Advice and insightful
Finding the new episodes particularly helpful
- focuses on core Biblical principles in sport
- wise tips for handling socials in sports teams as a Christian